This is Where it Ends
PIT STOP #11
BEACH BELOW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
RIO DE JANEIRO,
0854 LOCAL TIME
There are WAY worse places to have a PIT
STOP than in Rio (including the ANIMATED version of it, I think). And,
with the sun low and rising, Gary & Mallory rip open the final
FLY TO YOUR FINAL
DESTINATION CITY: MIAMI, FLORIDA!
Fly over 4000 miles to Miami,
Florida, USA, your final destination city.. When you land, head for
the Rickenbacker Marina on Virginia Key and go to the boat dry dock
to find your next clue.
You have $365 for this Leg of the
They could be the first
parent/child team to win the Race and they feel that bit of pressure,
hoping that flights from a hot spot in summer to a hot spot in winter is
booked! The other two teams' departure times (all local):
Kisha & Jen: 0905
"Flight Time" & "Big Easy": 0929
Kisha & Jen had a mother who
worked hard to help her family make ends meet...and they are NOT about
to disappoint her by making dumb decisions. Herb & Nate are happy to be
in the Final Three and are going to push it in this final Leg. After
all, these ain't the Washington Generals they're playing against!
GALEĆO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
The three teams get their
tickets at the American Airlines counter, all three on the same flight
arriving at the M-I-A. Team Trotters considers just leaving their bags
at the airport to cut down on time. For the final time, the Great
Equalizer makes it an even Race as six Americans fly to...
MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
At the home of Gloria
Estefan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and (as of last July) LeBron James,
the flight touches down. The three teams sprint downstairs to the cabs.
Team Trotters gets out first, Team Cardinal Sisters right behind...and
Team KY/Dad seem to get dissed as they leave well behind. the ladies'
cab passes the b-ballers' en route and the father/daughter just have
faith and a feeling that they can win...but their driver gives them a
feeling that they're lost...which they are. DOH!
MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA
The two African-American
teams arrive at the marina, tell their cabbies to wait and run into the
dry dock area where they arrive at:
ABOUT HANDLING A BOAT?
Boating is a way of life in
Miami. You're about to learn the perils of working in a dry dock.
One team member must learn how to operate a heavy-load forklift and
then transport a boat from the wet dock to the dry dock without
dropping it. Once successful, the forklift operator will hand you
your next clue. If you drop the boat, even at the dry dock station,
you must return to the wet dock for another boat.
"Flight Time" and Kisha
decide to try to NOT rock the boats. They each choose a forklift and and
get to learning. Herb did some forklifting at Walmart before...but
nothing quite THIS big. Kisha seems to be doing fine with it and heads
for the wet dock with Herb right behind. The operators give them good
instructions as they lower their forks, close them beneath their boats
and lift them up and back. Carefully, they work their way back to the
dry dock, lift up the forks and bring them over the boards that
represent the docking station. Slowly...easily...they inch the boats
...and Herb gets the
thumbs-up first! He gets the clue and sprints to Nate to read it:
TIME TO HEAD UNDER
Travel to Key Largo and locate
Jules' Undersea Lodge. On the dock by the Lodge, you'll find your
Team Trotters bolt...and
Kisha gets her boat in place and gets the nod from her operator. They
leave the ROADBLOCK in second, minutes behind the leaders.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, Team KY/Dad
is STILL lost! And Mallory is VERY upset! She even shouts out to other
cars to get directions. At first it's to no avail, but a homeowner gets
them on the right track. They make the Marina and Gary decides to move
the boat. Mallory is trying to remain positive about all this, hoping
one of the other two teams has similar bad circumstances as her dad
lifts the boat carefully.
JULES' UNDERSEA LODGE
At the only underwater hotel
in the U.S., Herb & Nate give the cabbie some money and tell him to fuel
up and come back. As they sprint into the lodge grounds, Kisha & Jen
arrive, noticing the other taxi. Team Trotters then run into another:
YOU'RE GOING ON A
Since the end of World War II,
Florida has been well known for its underwater shows which continue
even to this day. One team member (which should be the one with five
ROADBLOCKs done instead of six), must don a personal submarine
called a "BOBdiver" and swim among the mermaids and amid dozens of
floating treasure chests and find one chest with your next clue.
Well, it's obviously going
to be "Big Easy" Nate and Jen who are going under; they're the only ones
on the teams who still have one ROADBLOCK to do. Jen...is freaking,
remembering her aquaphobic panic attack from her last Race. But down
into the water and up into the BOBdivers go Nate and Jen. As they sank,
the mermaids (which, as you may have guessed, are women in cloth mermaid
tails breathing from long hoses) came out and distracted them. [PERSONAL
NOTE: As a mer-phile and aquaphile, this is a ROADBLOCK dream come true
Back at the docks, Gary
carefully maneuvers the boat off the forklift and onto the dry dock
station (damn...I was hoping for a crash) and gets the clue, allowing
him and Mallory to return to their clueless driver and depart for Key
Largo in last. According to Mallory, they have about 25 minutes to make
up. But, even if they don't, Mallory's glad to have gone through this
again with her father.
No clue if it IS better down
where it's wetter, but Nate and Jen seem to be having a good time, even
though they look through the chests while swimming amid the mermaids
(including a band). Nate is the first to find a clue, causing Jen to
curse in bubbles. He surfaces and runs to Herb with the clue. And...it's
a puzzler, to say the least:
A RIDDLE FOR YOU:
Off the coast of Big Pine Key,
There is a camp that's by the sea.
To find the mile marker near where you should be,
Please subtract four from thirty-three.
As Team Trotters work out
that they need to get to the Seacamp on Big Pine Key near Mile Marker
29, Jen swims by the band (blocked by a mermaid temporarily) and finds a
clue. She and Kisha read the clue. There's a problem for Herb & Nate,
though; their cab isn't there yet. Either the cabbie didn't understand
the "fuel-up-and-return" deal...or the nearest gas station's a fair way
away. Either way, Team Cardinal Sisters run past them and back into the
lead. Herb says it best: "This is bad!" They run and run to find their
cab and, as Kisha & Jen get in THEIR cab, they FIND it. But they need
directions to Big Pine Key. Tean Cardinal Sisters' cabbie just drives,
as there's only ONE distiguishable road along the Florida Keys with mile
markers on them: U.S. Highway 1 (the Overseas Highway).
As the two teams race, the
third arrives at the Undersea Lodge and Mallory, being the one with five
ROADBLOCKs under her belt, gets to swim with the half-fishes.
SEACAMP - MILE MARKER 29
BIG PINE KEY,
The sisters find the clue
box and again ask the cabbie to hold tight. They run to get the
clue...and are scratching their heads:
WALK TO HORSESHOE
Walk across the ocean to
Horseshoe Island. If you can find the tallest tree there, you'll
find your next clue.
Well,...unless your the Son
of God, walking on water is NOT easy. Fortunately, they learn that the
water IS shallow around that part of the Keys...and that they MIGHT get
their pants wet but walking to the island is an easy trek. As they start
to walk, Team Trotters arrive and start THEIR water-walk.
OFF COAST OF BIG PINE KEY, FLORIDA,
The water part of their
journey over, Kisha & Jen now look amid the island for the "tallest
tree". It takes them a minute or so (and some fretting as Herb & Nate
appear to be half-way across), but they find the clue:
TIME FOR YOU TO
PICK UP SPEED!
Walk back to the Seacamp and go
to the nearby marina. There you will take a thrilling high-speed
boat ride to Marathon Marina in Marathon, Florida. Upon arrival,
travel on foot to the Galway Bay Mobile Home Park and find your next
The two teams pass each
other...but from opposite sides of a brush so Team Trotters doesn't see
Team Cardinal Sisters heading back to the mainland. Still, it doesn't
take long for Herb & Nate to find their next clue and start the long
Back under da sea, Mallory
is still searching for that final clue to Seacamp. The mermaids aren't
helping matters much, unable to give her any advice. But, at last, she
finds the clue and surfaces with the mermaid sending her off with a
bubbly kiss. And of course, once towelled off, she and Gary find out
that the cabbie has clue zero as to where Big Pine Key is. He has an
idea about Mile Marker 29, though, so off they go.
Kisha & Jen get their bags
from the cab, pay off the cabbie and get on board a boat with FOUR
engines on its aft. As Team Trotters reach the shore, the girls' boat
leaves the dock and goes full throttle. And that's when they learn they
WILL get wet on this ride! A few minutes behind are the men, also going
fast in open water.
Some time after those teams
leave, Team KY/Dad arrives and start their walk. There still a fair bit
behind, but they find the clue and walk back, still hoping time can be
MARATHON, FLORIDA, USA
On the city stretched across
seven of the Florida Keys which has only about 10,000 people, Kisha &
Jen disembark (Jen a bit rattled from the ride). The mobile home park
isn't too far from the dock, so they get there in no time. But one more
task awaits before they reach the end of this Race:
SET UP YOUR
Choose a smaller trailer, pull it
down a marked path to a vacant trailer lot nearby and plug it into
the local utility wire. Once the trailer is in place, use the
brochure included as a reference and create the ultimate
trailer-hood in your lot using the items inside the trailer. When it
has been set up EXACTLY as the brochure picture looks, the judge
("Miss Rose") will give you your next clue.
Team Cardinal Sisters choose
the D-10 lot and haul their trailer away...JUST as Herb & Nate arrive.
THEY choose the C-8 lot for their slice of Florida Key lime heaven. The
locals watch with mild amusement as the two teams park their trailers
and hook up their utilities.
Meanwhile, Gary & Mallory
are keeping their heads covered with towels as their boat slams across
the waves. But, again, even if their in last, they're happy to be
together on this last Leg.
Well, now that they're
plugged in, it's time to build the trailer-hood. Herb & Nate were having
an easy go with setting everything up. But suddenly, as Nate says,
"Hurricane Andrew hit". No, not the devastating storm from 1992 that
leveled most of rural south Florida (C-Note: I remember that well... a
fridge was on our roof)...but it WAS a pretty big gust of wind that blew
the door canopy this way and that as they tried to set it up. (Hey, you
live by the ocean, you HAVE to expect gusts like that!) Kisha & Jen
likewise have issues with the winds. Now the locals watch with MUCH
As they chase canopies and
plastic pools, Team KY/Dad arrive in Marathon. They see the two empty
trailer spots and hope some issue has come up with the leaders. They
grab their trailer and work to getting it to D-12.
"Miss Rose" walks by to
watch Team Trotters set up shop. They promise to have it done in about
10 minutes, making it look as good as "Rose"'s boufant hairstyle. So she
moves on to Team Cardinal Sisters' site. They ask her for a ruling...but
she turns them down (apparently missing the dishes and condiments on the
small table). She goes back to Herb & Nate's...but she also turns THEM
down (the canopy lights, it seems).
And, wouldn'tcha know it,
this is when Gary & Mallory show up! It's a three-way Race again! As
things get intense, Kisha & Jen ask again of "Miss Rose"...and, again,
they're turned down. THAT's when they realize something's missing from
the table. Herb & Nate continue to fight the wind keeping their fence up
and Gary & Mallory work hard and fast.
A can of soda is found in
Team Cardinal Sisters' trailer and placed on the table. They ask "Rose"
one more time...and THIS time she hands them the clue!:
AT LAST, THE
Travel by taxi to the parking lot
before old Seven Mile Bridge and travel across the boardwalk on
tricycles to the FINISH LINE!!, the Pigeon Key
The first team to check-in wins
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
GO GO GO!!!
As they catch a cab to the
bridge, Team Trotters asks again...but "Miss Rose" says no. They are
getting frustrated, so they go over to finished model to see where they
went wrong. And it's the same issue as before: the table isn't set
right. So...the dishes and condiments are set up..."Rose" looks...and
she approves! They leave in second...and leave Gary & Mallory
SEVEN MILE BRIDGE
MARATHON, FLORIDA, USA
As the sun starts to descend
towards the Florida Keys' horizon, Kisha & Jen find the bridge and the
adult-sized trikes they are to ride across on. Jen has no problem with
the trike...but Kisha is struggling. Another taxi pulls up and out pours
Team Trotters. They hop on their trikes and pedal like a million bucks
were on the line! Kisha nearly veers off course, fighting against the
gusts (and knocking the camera on her trike off kilter). She hops off
and runs alongside the trike while "Flight Time" & "Big Easy" huff and
puff and pedal on.
Back at the park, Team
KY/Dad finish their trailer and ask for confirmation. And, on their
FIRST TRY, "Rose" green-lights their way to the bridge. But...is it too
little too late?
As they approach the "off
ramp" for Pigeon Key, Kisha & Jen get a second wind and get back to
pedalling. Herb & Nate pedal as hard as they can...but Herb believes the
girls are just too far ahead for them to make up the time. "It's over,"
he says. But Nate wants them to push hard no matter what...and to "take
it all in", meaning the sights.
PIGEON KEY HISTORICAL DISTRICT
PIGEON KEY, FLORIDA, USA
Over 2500 miles from where
the eleven teams started their (second) trip around the world for a
million dollars, eight teams line the way to Phil on the giant red
platform. Amanda & Kris (Team Amandakris, 11th), Mel & Mike (Team West
Hollywood, 10th), Jaime & Cara (Team Hollaback Girls, 9th), Margie &
Luke (Team Hear My Song!, 8th), Ron & Christina (Team Who's Your Daddy?,
7th), Jet & Cord (Team Cowboy Bebop, 6th), Kent & Vyxsin (Team Dating
Goths, 5th) and Zev & Justin (Team Puzzle Pieces, 4th) applaud as the
cameras roll and the winning team comes into view, running down the ramp
of the bridge, across the lawn and towards their ultimate reward. Phil,
take it home:
twenty-three cities, forty-thousand miles...Kisha & Jen, you are the
official winners of The Amazing Race!! And you have won the ONE MILLION
Despite not winning a single
Leg throughout the Race, Team Cardinal Sisters won the only one that
counted: the LAST one. They hug each other as the other teams applaud
and Phil mentions that, for the second time ever and second time in a
row, an all-female team has won the Race! They reiterate what they said
on the bridge: "We're doing it for Mom." And what will they do for Mom
now? "Everything!". Starting with starting her own business.
Here comes Team Trotters
down the ramp and towards the platform. Phil officially declares "Flight
Time" & "Big Easy" the "silver medalists" of this Race as they hug and
congratulate the girls. They don't seem to mind being beaten by "a
couple of girls" since they felt that Kisha & Jen were "consistent" and
"never struggling". They had a heck of a time on this Race and they
(Later, they would go on to
prove that NEITHER of them were "Smarter Than a 5th Grader"...though
they did better than their three teammates at that.)
Team KY/Dad sort of knew
they didn't have a chance but, as the sun started to sink into the sea,
Gary & Mallory pedalled their trikes to the ramp and ran down to join
the others as the Race's "Team #3". With high-fives to the other teams,
they're happy to have done two Races back-to-back...and wouldn't mind a
third. Gary appreciates Mallory "hanging out" with him...and Mallory
hugs her special man. AWWWWW...GROUP HUG!!
Business" has been resolved. Three teams have completed the trip around
the planet they failed to complete last time. And Kisha & Jen, who
literally pissed away their shot last time, came home the winners! Group
shot...big applause...one last hat throw by Cord...and...CUT! See ya for
Amazing Race 19!
ROUTE INFO -
AFTER LEG 12: RIO
DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL TO PIGEON KEY, FLORIDA, USA (FINISH LINE!!)
1) Kisha & Jen (+1) -
ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
2) "Flight Time" & "Big Easy" (+1) - Hawai'i, Cook Islands
3) Gary & Mallory (-2) - Express Pass (USED), Snapple(TM) prize
package, Mediterranean cruise
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