It Was Like
a Caravan of Idiots
Last time, Brad & Victoria took a gamble that
didn't pay off. They were the last team to arrive. Victor & Tammy took a worng
turn at Albuquerque and literally went up the wrong mountain. The Amandakris
almost left their money and passports with a lot of wayward travelers, and Mel &
Mike... well, they were first.
2249 LOCAL TIME
After a 12-hour respite, Mel & Mike get gone
FLY TO SIBERIA!
Fly through Moscow to Krasnoyarsk in Siberia,
Russia. Upon landing, travel by taxi to the structure on the back of the
10-ruble note, a Soviet-era hydroelectric dam, where you will find your next
Amanda & Kris are next, followed by Kisha & Jen.
Margie & Luke follow them. Mark & Michael, then Christie & Jodi follow THEM.
Only Christie & Jodi take a detour at the Internet cafe before hand.
Cara & Jaime are next. Mark & Michael call them
(by mistake) to book a flight on Lufthansa. Cara & Jaime decide to play along
with them for a while.
Tammy & Victor finally get on the road as
Christie & Jodi set up their flight at the local Internet cafe. They get an
early flight to Krasnoyarsk, arriving at 5:40 in Moscow.
Ther are actually three flights, going through
Munich, Frankfurt, and Sofia, Bulgaria. Mark & Michael and Kisha & Jen get the
same flight. Ultimately, all teams will arrive at Krasnoyarsk at 5:40a....
unless their flight is laid over...
.... which it is. So this leg will feature two
EARLY FLIGHT to KRASNOYARSK (via MOSCOW)
Michael & Mark
Kisha & Jen
Christie & Jodi
LATE FLIGHT to KRASNOYARSK (via MOSCOW)
Mel & Mike
Amanda & Kris
Margie & Luke
Cara & Jaime
Tammy & Victor
Michael & Mark get the first cab, followed by
Kisha & Jen and Christie & Jodi. But the dam opens at 8:30, so we have an
At 8:30a, Mark & Michael are the first people to
Find the portrait of Lenin and enter the
Administration Building to get your cold weather clothing. Then, make your way
to the Church of Saint Innokenty of Irktusk in Ovsyanka Village.
They're also the first to the church...
STACK or CONSTRUCT?
STACK: Travel to the riverbank to use a
traditional method to stack a pile of firewood. Once a pile of firewood is
stacked to the satisfaction of a local expert, you will receive your next clue.
CONSTRUCT: Travel on foot to a nearby woodshed
and find instructions on constructing a traditional pair of wooden shutters.
Once you have constructed them, take them to a house distinguished by a "Repairs
Needed" sign and an official Race flag and properly install them. When the
installation is complete, you will receive your next clue.
Mark decides to stack. Christie follows them...
then sees a sign to the correct place.
The flight attendants and Kisha & Jen are there,
but the stuntmen are lost... until they arrive by the river to start stacking.
The remaining five teams arrive at Krasnoyarsk,
finally. But the three teams in front are getting a leg up (even though the
brothers have to start over because they knocked over the back row). Mark &
Michael abandon this Detour for the next.
The back five arrive to the church.
Kisha & Jen are the first to complete the stack
and get this!
Make your way to the Museum of the Novel "The Last Bow," and enter through the
CAUTION! U-TURN AHEAD!
As a reminder...
This is the first of only TWO U-Turns on the Race course.
A U-TURN is found
at the end of a Detour. Teams can use the U-TURN to slow down the
progress of another team by having them perform the Detour task that
they didn't perform. Teams can U-TURN only once in the entire Race, so they must
decide whether or not it is in their best interests to use it.
But in this Race, we introduce the BLIND U-Turn. In previous Races, you had
to identify yourself as the team that initiated the U-turn. Not so in the case
of the Blind U-Turn.
Christie & Jodi get hit on as they complete the Detour. But Kisha & Jen
decide not to U-Turn them or anyone else for that matter.
LOG JAM AHEAD!
Make your way by taxi to the Bobsleds at the Bobrovy Log Park, where you will
find your next clue.
Christie & Jodi also decide against the U-Turn.
The remaining teams stack for Detour, while Kisha & Jen get...
WHO'S READY TO SPEED READ?
Ride the Bobsled to a speed of 55 miles an hour while completing a 3-mile
bobsled course in under four minutes. You must also look for seven letters
posted along the way. Once on the bottom, use the letters you've found to
unscramble the name of a famous Russian playwright (CHEKHOV). When you come up
with the right answer, you will receive your next clue.
Kisha decides to take this one on, while Christie follows her. Kisha gets to
the bottom in time, but only gets six letter (she misses the V).
While the rest of the teams stack, Mark & Michael... are still lost.
Christie gets all seven letters and makes it in 4 minutes EXACTLY. Meanwhile,
Kisha goes at it AGAIN.
Over at the stacking, Mel & Mike's... then Cara & Jaime's... then the
Amandakris'.... Logs everywhere. All three decide to build shutters afterwards.
Mark & Michael finds the shack where the shutters must be built, just to take
the pressure off of finding a house in need of repairs.
Kisha gets the final letter and she's allowed to unscramble.
Margie & Luke finish the Detour, while Amanda & Kris start to head toward the
other Detour site.
Margie & Luke make a power play and use the U-Turn. Meanwhile, Victor & Tammy
use their gift of engineering to engineer a finish!
Meanwhile, Kisha tries to guess her way to CHEKHOV... and in a slap to fine
literature fans EVERYWHERE, they get it!
MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE PIT STOP!
Travel by taxi to the next Pit Stop, the Krasnoyarsk Theatre of Musical
Comedy. You must enter the theatre through the main entrance.
WARNING! The last team to check in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
Christie & Jodi follow the athletes.
Over at the Detour, Mel & Mike find the Smiths, and together they pool
resources to find where they need to be. They decide, instead to start building.
THEATRE OF MUSICAL COMEDY
After a brief game of hide-and-seek with the main entrance, it's a race to
see who can find Phil and the happy local... or in this case, the happy local
TROUPE, as they welcome Christie & Jodi in unison. Pretty cool, especially the
one dude's flip kick.
Okay, Phil. Take it.
"Christie & Jodi.... You're Team number... ONE!"
"Yes way." They've won ... a motorcycle, something they're pretty into.
Meanwhile, Kisha & Jen rush in at #2.
Victor & Tammy get CHEKHOV in earnest and head to the Pit Stop, as do Margie
& Luke... actually, Luke has no idea. He needs help.
Meanwhile, Mark & Michael and their friends decide to look for the house
before they do any further building.
Luke's on his fourth time trying to decipher CHEKHOV.
Cara & Jaime head to the log ride, while the other teams decide to follow
each other to the proper house.
Luke is getting frustrated trying to figure out where the letters go.
Over at the village, the house that they're looking for is RIGHT UNDER THEIR
Luke has resorted to using pen and paper..... while Mike finally finds the
house... and Luke finally finds the right letters.
Jaime heads toward the bottom of the hill, while the other teams finally
install their windows. Amanda & Kris arrive to find a startling surprise...
AMANDA & KRIS, you have been U-TURNED!
So now not only are they in last place, they now have to complete the part of
the Detour that befuddled them the first time round!
Over at the theatre, Tammy & Victor punch in at number three.
Jaime gets to the bottom in time, and she & Cara make their way to the Pit
Margie & Luke clock in at 4, while Mark and Mel go sledding. Cara & Jaime
gets fifth place.
Amanda & Kris complete the log stack and head back to the museum. They think
that Jen & Kisha U-turned them. Them or Mike & Mel. But not Margie & Luke.
Mel & Mike finish the Roadblock and head to the Pit Stop, followed by Mark &
Mel & Mike get sixth place, while Kris has no idea who or what a CHEKHOV
is... Dude... Read a book.
Mark & Michael get to the Pit Stop, but are short on fare. This could be
Amanda & Kris' big chance. They eventually manage to hand over all of their
money... and clock in at seventh.
... which leaves Amanda & Kris... the last team to arrive. They've both been
eliminated. They've done everything together, and now including traveling. They
see themselves together for the rest of their lives, but as for the rest of the
Race... not so much.
AFTER LEG 4: BRASOV, ROMANIA
to KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA
Jodi & Christie (+5) - Motorcycles
2) Kisha & Jen (+1)
3) Tammy & Victor (+5) -
4) Margie & Luke (even) - Trip to Puerto Vallarta
5) Jaime & Cara (+2)
6) Mel & Mike (-5) -
Trip to Costa Rica
7) Mark & Michael (-2)
ELIMINATED) Amanda & Kris (-7)
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