I Feel Like I'm In
PREVIOUSLY ON THE AMAZING RACE:
Sixteen wacky Racers travelled from Indonesia to the beautiful tropical
island of Phuket, Thailand. They sprinted on a long floating dock,
built coral reef nurseries, set up beach chairs and umbrellas and
climbed limestone rock faces en route to a floating village. For
the third straight time (and first CLEAN time, according to them),
Andy & Tommy (Team Snow Shredders) nabbed the coveted "Team
#1" spot AND five grand apiece. Liz & Marie (Team Twin
Grads) struggled with the DETOUR and ended up last to arrive...but
were saved as this was another Non-Elimination Leg (N.E.L.). They'll
have a SPEED BUMP to do THIS Leg...but at least they're still Racing.
Eight teams continue to circumnavigate the globe for a million dollars...which
one will be outta here NEXT?!
1007 LOCAL TIME
The teams were transported off the
village and back to the marina where the chaos started yesterday.
Three times, Team Snow Shredders have stood on the mat ahead of
everyone else. Three times, they received the Leg-starting clue.
And, for the third time, they "rip and read"...this time
to start Leg 5:
PACK YOUR TRUNK!
Travel by songthaew taxi
to Anda Adventures. Once there, travel by local transportation
up the Khlong Song Phraek River to find your next clue.
You have $186 for this Leg
of the Race.
(The "local transportation",
unbeknownist to them, are four-ton Asian elephants.)
Andy & Tommy are God-fearing
snowboarders. In fact, they each have a reading from the Bible etched
on their backpacks: Andy has Proverbs 19:2 and Tommy has 1 Thessalonians
5:16 (look 'em up, if you'd like). The other teams' deaprture times
Justin & Jennifer (Team Georgia Sibs): 1101
Jeremy & Sandy (Team Get-To-Know): 1144
Laurence & Zac (Team Drake Wannabes): 1145
Ernie & Cindy (Team Contradiction): 1152
Amani & Marcus (Team Hut-Hut!): 1153
Bill & Cathi (Team Sexagenarians): 1222
Liz & Marie: 1315
TON PARIWAT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AREA
It's a quick ride to the
Adventure and it's stress-free with the hour-long lead they have...but,
before Team Snow Shredders head to the hills, they notice a black-and-yellow
sign with the picture of a pair of twins on it. It's the SPEED BUMP
Team Twin Grads will have to endure. More on that later. The dudes
seem stoked to be riding an elephant up the river. After a while,
the "driver" hops off and lets Tommy on the elephant's
thick neck to let HIM "drive". Andy says he's getting
an elephant if they win the Race; "they can do some serious
four-wheeling!". An hour later, Justin & Jennifer hope
on their own pachyderm (with Jennifer promising a back massage with
As other teams start the
ride to the ride (and Bill & Cathi and Liz & Marie are still
PIT STOPped), Andy & Tommy arrive at their next clue. And it's
WHO WANTS TO
HEAR SOME WATER MUSIC?
One team member must walk
further up river, following the sound of a traditional Thai
flutist, to a waterfall. Once there, search the pool the flutist
is playing by for your next clue. The other team member must
wait at this platform for their partner to return with the
clue before it can be read.
is forced into the jungle. The flutist is easy to find...but the
clue...not so much. The mud is churned by the waterfall and makes
the water a brown and cloudy mess. And it's fairly deep, too. So
Andy dives in, looking for the clue. He's not even sure what the
clue LOOKS like. Fortunately, something bumps against his foot and,
when he dives, he emerges with a brown burlap package tied up with
a red-and-yellow Race tag on it. Andy unwraps the package to find
a ceramic koi fish with the words "BREAK ME" on its bottom.
Bringing it to Tommy, they bust it up to find this clue:
A SPIRIT HOUSE!
Head back down river on your
elephant. Then travel by songthaew taxi to Song Prak and a
local shoppe there. Find a small Thai shrine called a "Spirit
House" and disassemble it. Once fully disassembled, bring
it (travelling again by songthaew) to Wat Chanathigaram Temple.
Once you deliver the pieces, look on the grounds for the pot
holding your next clue.
Up on the elephant the
leaders go as it heads on its long trek back to home base. As Team
Sexagenarians start their Leg, Team Georgia Sibs hit the ROADBLOCK
and Justin goes to work looking for that clue. Unlike Andy, he uses
a stick to try to haul up the clue...but he STILL has to wade deep
into the pool. As Team Get-To-Know and Team Drake Wannabes start
the trek up river, Justin finds the koi fish and he and his sis
depart in 2nd. Team Hut-Hut! and Team Contradiction arrive at the
start of the ride.
And Liz & Marie STILL
haven't STARTED the Leg...and STILL need to do that SPEED BUMP!
Many Thai workers are
busy building and painting the VERY intricate little shrines. It
is here that Team Snow Shredders jog into. They decide to take a
"mental picture" of the "Spirit House" just
in case they need to RE-assemble it at the Temple. Slowly and carefully,
they remove the ceramic figurines from the shrine and then take
the shrine itself apart. Along with the pedastal the shrine was
on, they load everything into their awaiting songthaew and head
for the Temple.
As Team Georgia Sibs head
downstream, they pass the next two teams going UPstream. They exchange
a few words as the elephants maneuver around each other...and, suddenly,
Sandy is scared for some reason.
At the beautiful Temple
built in 1630, Andy & Tommy arrive. They find the pot with the
clue...and they run into ANOTHER:
YOU DID THE WATER MUSIC ROADBLOCK, YOUR PARTNER MUST
DO THIS ONE!
The team member must now
reassemble the Spirit House on this hollowed ground EXACTLY
how they saw it when they disassembled it earlier. Once you
assemble it correctly, the nearby monk will hand you your
next clue. Your partner may NOT assist.
WAS a good thing that Andy & Tommy remembered how it looked
before! Now Tommy can reassemble it right! Or...TRY to, anyway.
Strangely, these Christians have no qualms about being at a Buddhist
temple; they feel their God is the one true one but...they are tolerable
to other beliefs. Sadly, Tommy's first attempt to reassemble it
is dismissed by the monk; he only paid attention to one side of
the "house". Finally, after a few other failed attempts,
Tommy decides on something drastic: RETURNING to the shoppe and
memorizing the WHOLE Spirit House himself..
Back at the first ROADBLOCK,
Sandy elects to go swimming for Team Get-To-Know and Laurence for
Team Drake Wannabes. The water is still cloudy...but, suddenly,
Laurence sees the burlap on the bottom, dives and retrieves the
clue. He and Zac depart in 3rd...and Sandy realizes SHE has to dive
down to get HER clue and DOES, allowing her and Jeremy to leave
in 4th. Uh,...one problem, though; Laurence & Zac's elephant
is being tempermental and is not going too willingly. That's a shame
because Amani & Marcus and Ernie & Cindy are just arriving
at the ROADBLOCK.
Tommy arrives back at
the shoppe and jots down how the shrine looks on a clue (not against
the Rules of the Race, apparantly). And Bill & Cathi arrive
at the start of the elephant trek. And,
FINALLY, Team Twin Grads depart the PIT STOP. Three hours behind
the leaders and nearly a whole hour behind the 7th-place team, their
prospects are grim. But...they're smiling. Even if they remain last,
they'll still staying positive as per the instructions of their
recently-departed father. Marcus
and Cindy are the "water music" lovers for this ROADBLOCK
for their teams. They look among the foliage and nearby the waterfall
itself, not suspecting they need to dive.
Back at the second ROADBLOCK,
Tommy has returned and is working on the Spirit House again. And
THIS time, he gets it correct! He and Andy go to another monk who
hand them this clue:
TRAVEL BY BUS
Take your songthaew to the
nearby Phuket Bus Terminal. There, you will board a bus on
a 550-mile trip to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
Once there, make your way to Bangkok Noi Canal and feed the
koi fish the food attached to this clue. Once all the food
is gone, a nearby onlooker will hand you your next clue.
As the snowboarders haul
to the bus, Justin & Jennifer arrive at the shoppe and start
to take the shrine apart...and they, TOO, feel that the details
of the shrine are important. THEY, however, are clever and use the
songthaew driver's camera phone to take pics of the temple before
taking it apart. When they arrived at the second ROADBLOCK, Jennifer
asks the driver to help her take the pieces out and uses the phone
pics to reassemble it easily. Not only do Team Georgia Sibs leave
this ROADBLOCK still in 2nd, but they gained some valuable time
on Team Snow Shredders.
Back at the Water Music
ROADBLOCK, Marcus reaches down to grab his clue, allowing him and
Amani to leave in 5th. Cindy takes the hint and dives down to retrieve
HER koi, meaning she and Ernie can leave in 6th. And over at the
shoppe, Jeremy & Sandy LIKEWISE surmise they'll need to reassemble
the shrine...so they get to memorizing and taking notes. If Laurence
& Zac didn't figure out that part en route, seeing Team Get-To-Know
taking notes should have given them the hint. But Laurence insists
on disassembling it and getting ahead of the other team. They do
leave for the Temple in 3rd...but the lack of notes MIGHT cancel
that lead out.
Zac! Ya shoulda taken notes like you thought! Now
Jeremy can SPRING ahead of you on this ROADBLOCK with the notes
HE took! Sure enough, Zac can't seem to get it right...while Jeremy
zips through it and he and Sandy depart for the bus depot in 3rd.
As such, Zac takes his taxi back to take notes, all but swearing
about his father as he does. Laurence mutters that HE could've done
this well enough. Too bad it wasn't his decision this time. Still,
he's man enough to admit it's not ZAC's fault.
Back at the first ROADBLOCK,
Cathi goes diving for the clue...and, as she's been doing a LOT
of lately, slips into the pool. Still, after some cold groping with
her feet she grabs the burlap package, rejoins Bill and they depart
for the shoppe in 7th.
And NOW Liz & Marie
arrive at the Conservation Area. And NOW they're ready to ride the
elephant (which Marie is VERY excited about). But NOW they have
to do a...
LIZ & MARIE!
Having been spared
elimination in the last Leg, you have now incurred a SPEED
The local transportation
you'll be using on your task is a four-ton Asian elephant.
Before you RIDE on, though, you must wash and clean-up-after
one. First fill up a wicker basket with elephant manure from
the nearby pile. Then go into the pool, pick an elephant and
wash it thoroughly as a handler shows you. Once the elephant
is washed sufficiently, the handler will say you are done
and you may continue to the next task and try to make up lost
seem fine with the task, especially since the manure doesn't seem
to smell too bad. It takes some time to fill the basket, though.
Marie is thrilled to DEATH to even be TOUCHING the elephant, let
alone washing it. As Team Twin Grads finish the SPEED BUMP, Team
Sexagenarians arrive from the return trek and head for the shoppe.
at the shoppe, Zac makes notes and splits...just as Team Hut-Hut!
and Team Contradiction arrive. Ernie & Cindy don't seem to figure
out about making notes about the spirit house...but Amani &
Marcus take down diligent notes. Well,...Sandy has an INKLING as
she watches the other couple jotting...but Ernie seems to think
it's unnecessary as they load the house into the taxi (he says the
clue didn't say anything about re-assembling it). Meanwhile, Zac
returns to the temple, assembles the house correctly and he and
Laurence leave in 4th. And, when Team Contradiction arrives, they
get the bad news: Ernie needs to put the house together blindly.
He seems confident enough as he starts and Amani gets HER clue and
builds with the notes taken
Would you pay $150 for
taxi service? Well, that's what team Snow Shredders did when prompted
for the bill. Now they only have $36 for the rest of the Leg. the
GOOD news is they're on the earliest 18-hour bus ride to Bangkok,
which leaves at 4:30pm local time. Right behind them is Team Georgia
Sibs, who likewise catch the same bus. Behind them are Team Get-To-Know
and Team Drake Wannabes. The four teams get ready to start their
LONG trek to the Thai capital. But...Laurence & Zac booked through
a different company and got "first class" tickets on a
DIFFERENT bus. Da Rules of Da Race state you can't book first class
seats on a plane...but does it also apply to OTHER transportation?
Well, when the two busses roll out to Bangkok, Zac starts getting
worried about a penalty. They get off the bus and start the long
trek back to the bus station, leaving the other three teams well
Back at ROADBLOCK #2,
Ernie finally gives up and takes his taxi back to the shoppe to
get notes on the house. This allows Amani to finish unharrased and
she and Marcus head for the bus station in 5th...and leave Sandy
a little upset. Before Ernie arrives there, Bill & Cathi show
up. They, likewise, get out paper and pencil and jot down how the
house looks. As they start to dissasemble, Ernie shows up and starts
to jot. The two arrive back at the temple about the same time and
Bill gets to work. Ernie works things out...but STILL gets a 'no'
from the judge. But he finally gets it right and he and Sandy leave
in 5th. Bill has it easy and he and Cathi to depart in sixth.
Back at ROADBLOCCK #1,
Marie dives in to find the last burlap bag of ceramic koi...which
she finds rather quickly. They then head for the shoppe, take notes,
disassemble the house and bring it to the temple. Liz gets to reassemble...but
her notetaking might be a bit off.
At the terminal, Amani
& Marcus get tickets to a 5:30pm-departing bus, followed swiftly
by Bill & Cathi (who somehow passed Team Contradiction, who
arrive close behind). Ernie & Cindy have a hard time ponying
up with their driver, though, as he refuses American currency. They
give him a $100 bill and leave it at that...but he FOLLOWS them
and all but demands the 4500 bhat owed. A female bystander throws
in HER two bhat, saying the Americans are ripping the driver off.
The woman even says she'll call the police on them. They finally
compromise for US$150...and take a DIFFERENT bus (though not first-class,
apparantly) than the other two teams. As both teams depart...an
exhausted Laurence & Zac return. The next bus to Bangkok is
not until 8pm. So they kick back and relax.
Liz finishes the rebuilding
and she and Marie deaprt the ROADBLOCK in last. The sun sets...Laurence
& Zac board (though they're not happy with the crying baby in
the back)...and the bus takes off before Team Twin Grads arrive.
They have to take the next bus, leaving...RIGHT AWAY. But, again,
the language barrier and the money barrier hit hard as the girls
give all their money to their cabbie...and STILL don't have enough
according to him. As they haggle...the bus leaves. Marie's "best
day ever" has officially turned into a nightmare! But, WAIT...the
driver agrees to the money given...and the bus has stopped to WAIT
for them! PLUS, the cabbie drives them TO the bus for FREE! They're
broke...but they're on their way to....
It's been said one night here makes
"a hard man humble" and "a tough man tumble".
Well, what does an all-night bus ride INTO the city do to a man?
Let's find out, shall we?
& Cindy took a "bullet bus" with very few stop-overs
as they arrived in the city first and they catch a cab to the canal.
A few minutes later, the first major bus arrives. Teams Georgia
Sibs, Snow Shredders and Get-To-Know get out, get taxis and get
going. Not too soon after THAT, the OTHER packed bus arrives and
Team Sexagenarians and Hut-Hut! load out to find cabs. The last
two teams are still on the road (and Liz & Marie are wondering
how they'l do by walking everywhere).
Team Contradiction are
pointed to the right area by a red-and-yellow arrow sign. The onlooker
allows them to go to the edge of the lake and toss hunks of the
food over the rail and to the frenzied koi fish. Once every crumb
has been sent to be devoured, the onlooker gives them this clue:
MAKE YOUR WAY
TO THE NEXT PIT STOP!
Head for the Heritage Home
of M.R. Kukrit, former Prime Minister of Thailand. It is the
PIT STOP for this Leg of the Race.
WARNING! The last team to
check-in MAY BE ELIMINATED!
The cabbie's none to sure
about where the place is...but he phones a friend who most likely
knows so...no worries for Ernie & Cindy.
Traffic in downtown Bongkok
is none to different from any other big city in the world. In other
words, it STINKS! Andy & Tommy, Jeremy & Sandy and Justin
& Jennifer know that firsthand. But Bill & Cathi and Amani
& Marcus...their cabbies found a way AROUND it and brought them
to the canal in record time. After feeding the fish, they head for
the PIT STOP in second and third place.
Team Drake Wannabes finally
arrive at the bus terminal and get a cab. They feel they have to
go really fast...but, really, there's no need. Liz & Marie arrive
a little later and, without money for a cab, find directions to
the canal and get to hikin'. Then again, they ARE going faster than
some of the teams in traffic. Ernie & Cindy decide to ditch
the cab and hot-foot it the rest of the way to the PIT STOP...or,
at least, find a cab NOT stuck between cars. Later, they regret
M.R. KUKRIT HERITAGE HOME
Up to Phil and the local
greeter one team comes. They hit the mat, get the greeting and the
good news from Phil: "Amani
& Marcus...you are Team # 1!"
They were in dead last
for a while earlier in the Race...but the pro-footballer and his
wife rose to the top of this Leg. (Kinda like the Detroit Lions,
huh?) And their reward for their persistance? Besides getting hugs
from Bill & Cathi (Team #2)? A 5-night trip to Bali from Travelocity(TM)!
Ah, HERE comes Ernie &
Cindy. They're SURPRISED to be Team #3...but, hell, they'll take
Oh, Liz & Marie are
in trouble. According to a local, it would take them FIVE HOURS
to walk to the canal from there. Still, they had no money...and
it would've felt wrong to them to beg for money in such a poor neighborhood...and
hitchhiking is illegal...so what choice do they have?
Back on the road, Andy
& Tommy arrive at the canal at last. Right behind them are Jeremy
& Sandy. They start another fish-feeding frenzy and grab their
clues in 4th and 5th respectively. While Team Snow Shredders run
off, Team Get-To-Know take a tuk-tuk (three-wheeled taxi found in
Southeast Asia) and have HIM take them there. As they go, Team Georgia
Sibs arrives, feed the fish and head for the PIT STOP in 6th.
OK, the hiking has lost
its luster; Team Twin Grads decide to beg a taxi driver for a ride.
They come across someone...and, lo-and-behold, he say he'll do it
pro bono for the girls! The roller coaster of a 24 hours is back
up for them...though, if they don't beat Laurence & Zac, that
last dip will be a doozy!
Andy & Tommy likewise
count on the kindness of strangers to get directions to the PIT
STOP, stopping at a college and asking a lady for the way. As they
wait for the results, Team Drake Wannabes arrive at the canal and
feed the fish. They leave in 7th and decide to cab it. And that's
when Team Snow Shredders find out they gave their clue to a TEACHER...who
was rushing to a CLASS! But they can't wait for the class to end!
Another girl decides to CALL the teacher to sort things out. They
wait...and pray...and finally the teacher appears with someone else
who had access to Google Maps(TM). Once they learn how far it was,
they look for a cheap taxi.
Back at the PIT STOP,
Justin & Jennifer check-in as Team #4. Again, they'll take it.
Some ways away, Team Get-To-Know get walking directions to the home.
And Liz & Marie arrive at the canal, feed and depart in last.
They try begging ANOTHER cabbie for a free ride...and they get ANOTHER
one. They may be in last...but they're still not out of it yet.
Jeremy & Sandy find a cab and learn it's a half-hour walk to
the place...so they get in the cab and haul.
Andy & Tommy arrive
at the PIT STOP...with Laurence & Zac right behind them. They
are Teams #5 and #6 respectively...and the snowboarders' three-Leg
winning streak is over. And the father and son learn that the rule
about first-class travel ONLY applies to planes...so they got off
the bus in Phuket for naught! DOH!!
Two teams...two cabs...two
hard days...who will be the last to the Heritage Home?
"Jeremy & Sandy,"
says a saddened Phil, "guess you have a pretty good idea what
I'm going to say." As the couple get ready to say good-bye
to the Race, Phil shocks them by saying they're Team #7 and still
in the Race!
Liz & Marie get the
bad news from Phil: they're last...and their globe-hopping days
are over for this Race. They cry because they wanted to keep going
after the "bad year" they've had what with their dad gone
and all. Still, they think their dad would've been proud with how
they ran the Race. Plus, hell, they played with elephants! How often
you gonna do THAT in your life?! All-in-all, no regrets.
AFTER LEG 5:
PHUKET, THAILAND to BANGKOK, THAILAND
1) Amani & Marcus
(+5) - Bali
2) Bill & Cathi (+5)
3) Ernie & Cindy (+2) - Express Pass
4) Justin & Jennifer (-2)
5) Andy & Tommy (-4) - Ireland, Dubai, $10G
6) Laurence & Zac (-2)
7) Jeremy & Sandy (-4)
ELIMINATED) Liz & Marie (EVEN)
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