"Are You Sure This is
Safe?" - August 17
PIT STOP: CROCODILE ISLAND, EGYPT
After the Racers went from Cairo to Luxor in Egypt,
Colin & Christie (Team Type A) maintained their lead
(though it was shortened considerably). Linda & Karen
(Team Bowling Moms), despite having no money to start
the last leg, persevered and managed to stay in the
Race... though they're STILL in last. And Marshall &
Lance (Team Pizza Brothers) bowed out at the ROAD BLOCK
thanks to Marshall aching knees.
The Racers are now in "De Nile" (sorry, couldn't help
it) as they rest at the plantation on Crocodile Isle.
Colin & Christie seem to be at odds with Charla & Mirna
(Team Hi-Lo). And Team Bowling Moms STILL have a
mountain to climb out of last place... but at least
they'll have some MONEY this time.
It's not a monster lead like the start of the LAST leg,
but Team Type A gladly departs first at 5:33am:
Take a marked taxi to
the Luxor airport. You may book any Egypt Air flight
to Cairo; flights leave at 7am and 10am. Once in
Cairo, fly to Nairobi, Kenya (on any commercial
flight). Once there, sign-up for a charter flight to
a MYSTERY DESTINATION. The charter flights depart
Nairobi at 8am, 8:45am and 9:30am and only two teams
can get on each flight. You have $75 for this leg of
Team Type A is trying
not to be over-confident after winning two legs in a
row. After all, if they've learned one thing earlier in
the race, you can be in first ONE leg... and eliminated
in the next! (C-Note: *ahem*Alisonanddonny*ahem*)
A half-hour after Colin & Christie depart, Chip & Kim
(Married Parents) leave. They really think they can win
this Race now with their teamwork and brainpower. But
they better have SOME speed, since Kami & Karli (Team
Twins) are mere minutes behind them and are EQUALLY
confident that they can win now that they're out of the
basement. Brandon & Nicole (Models) are on THEIR tails
and putting their confidence in the "man upstairs".
As teams start arriving at Luxor Domestic Airport, Team
Hi-Lo start off... as soon as they get their clue open,
that is. But right behind them are Team Bowling Moms.
The problem is - like it seems to be on EVERY leg for
Charla & Mirna - they can't find their "marked cab"
before Linda & Karen can close the short gap. Team Hi-Lo
use the cabbie's cell phone to try to reserve their seat
on the 7am flight... but there's almost no way to get
there in time.
Team Type A, the Married Parents and Team Twins each get
their boarding passes for the 7am flight as the Models
arrive... 15 minutes before the supposed take-off. I say
"supposed" because... it's delayed! And, of course, that
means that the other three teams are able to get there,
get their boarding passes and get on the same flight...
once again blowing the lead for Colin & Christie.
Back in the country's capital city, the teams scramble
for taxis. Remember that whole chaos about "Old"
(domestic) and "New" (international) airports in the
last episode? Well, the flight arrives at the "Old
Airport" and they need to get to the "New Airport" since
Nairobi isn't considered "domestic" enough for
Egyptians, I guess.
Kami & Karli find a cab first, trailed slightly by Colin
& Christie. Brandon & Nicole leave third, followed
by Chip & Kim, Charla & Mirna and - in last again -
Linda & Karen. The "Cannonball Run" to the airport hits
big-time traffic, but Team Hi-Lo's cabbie must be as
crazy as the Married Parents' taxi was yesterday, for
he's passing people in the opposite lane and slipping
into 3rd place.
One by one, the teams empty out of the taxis and rush
into the terminal. Team Twins find a ticket office...
but it doesn't open until 11am. Colin pays Team Type A's
cabbie... while Christie blocks the entrance to keep
Team Hi-Lo (or, at the very least, Mirna) from entering
before Colin catches up. They line up at the same Kenya
Air terminal as Team Twins and, when the other teams
arrive, they each talk about that incident to them.
But Colin & Christie get revenge the best way possible:
they form an alliance with Team Twins, Married Parents
and the Models to keep information from Charla & Mirna
and do everything they can to keep them from surviving
this leg. The only ones opposed are the Models... until
Colin & Christie essentially tell them, "If you're not
with us, you're against us and will get NOTHING from us
for the rest of the Race." In retaliation, Team Hi-Lo
bonds with Team Bowling Moms to try to prove that four
heads are better than eight. Of course, the battle is
between Mirna and Colin... and some teams hope they just
knock each other out!
"Camp Colin" (as it was reffered to by Chip) finds a
Swiss Air office and try to book a flight for the
following night to Nairobi via Zurich. "Camp Mirna",
however, goes to Gulf Air and catch a flight via Bahrain
and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates that arrives in the
early morning! All they need to do now... is sneak out
of the Gulf Air office without being seen by Camp Colin.
Sure enough, the other teams wonder where Mirna & Co.
went to. And, sure enough, Colin finds them. Mirna uses
her Arabic to tell the ticket agent to "not help these
Americans" since they are "violent". The agent seems to
believe them, because he gives Team Hi-Lo and Team
Bowling Moms get their tickets and they walk out happy.
They board their flight... and Kami says that their
decision to go to Swiss Air was "the stupidiest decision
any of us have every made" (though it's probably only
second to underestimating "Mirna & Shmirna").
But, hold the phone. Camp Colin's not stranded yet. It
seems the agent wasn't just going to take the Arabic
words of an American and her child-like cousin. He
checks the boards... and finds room on the same flight
for EVERYONE! And when Mirna sees this... she looks
ready to grab the air-sickness bag in the pocket in
front of her.
Camp Mirna is not about to go down without a fight,
though. Once again, upon arrival at Bahrain Airport,
they troll for tickets that leave earlier than the
others. And, once again, Camp Colin wonders where the
other have gone. Mirna changes the second connection
from Abu Dhabi to Dubai....and will hopefully arrive in
Nairobi a half-hour before the others.
BAHRAIN TO DUBAI TO NAIROBI: Team Hi-Lo & Team Bowling
BAHRAIN TO ABU DHABI TO NAIROBI: Team Type A, Team
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Camp Mirna hop off the plane and head for their
connection only to find - you guessed it - that it's
DELAYED... for SEVERAL HOURS! Ohhhhhh.... things don't
look good for them. They're behind (again!) and have to
trust in fate.
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
No such luck, though. Camp Colin's plane leaves on time
The four teams arrive and rush to the counter where
they'll sign up for their charter flights. And the first
thing they notice as they sign... is that Charla & Mirna
and Linda & Karen are nowhere to be found! They jump for
joy as Team Type A and the Married Parents sign for the
8am flight and Team Twins and the Models sign for the
8:45am flight. As the first flight taxis to the runway,
Colin & Christie spy Team Hi-Lo and Team Bowling Moms
getting off their flight, obviously to sign up for the
8am Charter: Colin & Christie and Chip & Kim
8:45am Charter: Kami & Karli and Brandon & Nicole
9:30am Charter: Charla & Mirna and Linda & Karen
The teams enjoy the flight, spying Mt. Kilimanjaro out
their window and
seeing beautiful sights from their prop plane windows.
And the "mystery location" is...
To say Chip is happy to be in "real Africa" is an
understatement. It really looks like he's home. He & Kim
and Colin & Christie walk right out the door of the
international airport and right to a Route Marker:
Welcome to Tanzania.
Travel by bus to the village of Mto wa Mbu (about 70
miles away). Nearby the bus terminal there, you'll
find your next clue.
The bus station looks
almost like a refugee camp with fifth-hand buses. And
the insides of the buses STINK! But they get on the
right one and enjoy the view on their hour-long ride
through the countryside. Chip isn't the ONLY one
psyched about being in the "motherland"; Kim's always
wanted to come here, and she seems so happy to finally
get her wish.
Meanwhile, the second charter flight lands and Kami &
Karli and Brandon & Nicole arrive, get the clue and
grabs the next bus out. But, whereas the driver of the
FIRST bus charged only $5 US for Team Type A and Married
Parents, they charged $40 US for the Models and Team
Twins! (Must be a "brother" thing between them and Chip,
I don't know.) Furthermore, the teams try to bribe the
driver into leaving earlier to keep the last two teams
FAR behind. When they can't get him to go for any less
than $150, they get off the bus and try to find another.
But... the driver won't LET them at first. This, of
course, delays them and gives Team Hi-Lo and Team
Bowling Moms a chance to gain sufficient ground.
MTO WA MBU, TANZANIA
It's a long and grueling ride, but Colin & Christie and
Chip & Kim arrive at the village and run smack into a:
BUZZING OR BUSY?
BUZZING: Travel by
marked bike to a honey farm. There, you will put on
a beekeepers outfit and harvest 2 kilograms (4.41
pounds) of honey from
the African bee hives on the farm. When the head
beekeeper has determined you have harvested two
kilos of honey, he will give you your
BUSY: Find the Katongo Furniture Store in town. Then
load two wooden chairs onto a pullcart and deliver
the chairs to a given address (each pair of chairs
go to a different address; addresses are not clearly
marked on houses, so it may take a while to find
even the nearest house). Drop off the chairs and get
a receipt. Return to the store and exchange the
receipt for your next clue.
Christie wants to do
BUZZING... but then realizes that there will be bees and
changes her mind. Both teams decide on BUSY. They ask
the workers there for the two that have the nearest
drop-off points. They also ask the locals to guide them
to said points, and the Tanzanian people are happy to
Chip & Kim's help, however, is less than reliable. They
brought the team to a place to buy cushions FOR the
chairs first. But Chip calmly explains that they just
need to drop the chairs off, nothing more or less.
Meanwhile, the Models and Team Twins are heading to the
village. And, when the controller asks for pay, Brandon
tries to convince him that half now and the other half
when they arrive would be fine. But these are Tanzanians
and "Model mind tricks" don't work on them... unless he
keeps at it...which he does. Finally, the "shady"
Back at the bus station, Camp Mirna only get to pay
THREE dollars U.S. apiece... but it takes some time for
them to get going on the road to Mto wa Mbu. (Wasn't
that the lost Hope & Crosby movie?)
Colin & Christie are the first to find their address
thanks to the locals (who are getting paid fairly well
to lead them, mind you). They get their receipt and
split... while Chip & Kim deliver THEIR chairs and take
a rest while the receipt is being made out. The people
where they dropped them off also offered them some
watermelon to help them on their way back. The Married
Parents are happy to see familiar faces, even if they
ARE on people they've never met before.
Brandon & Nicole and Kami & Karli probably should have
paid in full. Maybe then the driver of their bus
could've used the money to buy gas for the bus... and
they wouldn't be STUCK on a bus that's on empty! A few
of the more local passengers run down the road to get
some gas... and Brandon starts to worry that the other
teams will catch up. Sure enough, they do, and they see
the teams as they drive on by. Best $12 they ever spent,
I'm sure they were thinking. Brandon starts to pray...
and, a little while later, the men who ran off run back
with three gallons of gas, more than enough for them to
get to the station and fuel up properly (at a cost of
$20 to the Models). Ah, well... small price to pay to
stay in the Race.
Back at the village, Team Type A maintain their lead by
giving the receipt to the furniture maker and getting
Make your way to the
nearby village of Kibaoni and find the Kavishe Hotel
to get your next clue.
Chip & Kim follow,
refreshed on 'melon. Meanwhile, the buses continue their
OWN race and Camp Mirna's bus stops as well... because
needs to take a leak. This allows the Models and Team
Twins to catch up and pass them.
When they finally arrive at Mto wa Mbu, things... get
ugly. The driver wants ten more dollars, even after
Brandon claims they gave them all that was owed. An
argument ensues between these not-so-clean-cut American
models and this questionable Tanzanian driver,
especially when the man strikes Nicole with a rolled-up
paper for ignoring him. Brandon finally relents and
hands the $10 to the driver just to get them out of the
After calming down, the Models join Kami & Karli to get
BUSY. Like their counterparts before, they get help to
find the addresses... though the twins are having a hard
time pushing and Nicole can't keep up with Brandon. As
they haul, the last two teams arrive and make it a clean
sweep for BUSY.
It takes some time (and a few directions) to get to the
Kavishe Hotel, but Colin & Christie make it to the temple and sprint to the Route Marker, which
hungry?") Go to the dining room and prepare an
ostrich egg (which is about 24 times the size of a
chicken egg). You must crack the egg and pour enough
into a wooden bowl to fill it to the top (the chef
will not allow you to cook unless you have a full
bowl). Then cook the scrambled egg and eat it all to
obtain your next clue.
(Already, I can hear
Christie's stomach turning... and I predict Nicole's
will be as well!)
Colin thinks an OSTRICH egg must be better than the FISH
eggs Christie had to devour... so he decides to do it.
Christie reads instructions while Colin drills a hole in
the egg and lets the yolk and white spill into the bowl
(and tip over). He gets angry when the chef tells him to
start again. The second time he cracks the egg open
traditionally and fills it to overflowing... but he
slips on the way to the pan and CHRISTIE gets mad! (Type
Meanwhile, the chair hauling competition is heating up
as Nicole's all but giving up, Kami & Karli are running
out of breath and the other two teams take off for their
respective addresses. Linda & Karen drag their cart
through a large mud puddle while Charla & Mirna decide
to look for an alternate route. But Team Bowling Moms
don't toss 16-pound balls just for the sound of it
crashing into wooden pins. They push hard and get
through the puddle without a hitch, leaving Mirna
Back at the egg-eating contest, Colin FINALLY gets a
full bowl of unfertilized birdie into the pan and starts
the slow process of cooking it. As he starts, in comes
the Married Parents, who elect Chip as the "really
hungry" person. Chip cracks a small hole in the egg and
pours it into the bowl like a pro on his first try.
Colin's egg gets cooked... but he wants to make sure
before he eats, which upsets Christie even more.
Team Twins find their address at last and get the
receipt. Team Bowling Moms ALMOST run into the Models
but, not wanting to let them know how close they are to
their destination, take a back road to the back door of
their assigned house. Brandon & Nicole are close... and
Charla's trying hard to keep up with her cousin. Kami &
Karli get the directions to Kibaoni and head off. A few
minutes later, Linda & Karen return with THEIR receipt
and follow in fourth place. Oddly enough, both Team
Hi-Lo's delivery and the Models' delivery are to just
about the same place, so Charla & Mirna are only behind
Brandon & Nicole by a few minutes.
Chip cooks his egg to his liking, then sits down to
shove the equivalent of two dozen chicken eggs down his
gullet (right after he says "grace"). Colin FINALLY
finishes his cooking and sits down as well. Chip found
difficulty since, unlike the caviar he had a week ago,
he had to actually CHEW the egg. Colin, after a few
bites, feels the egg isn't cooked enough since it's
"sticking to his throat" and he goes back to fry it a
bit more. As the other four teams approach the village,
Colin gets frustrated that Chip is nearly done and he's
nearly STARTED. As he starts again, Chip picks up the
last hunk of egg and downs it, earning him & Kim first
place and this:
PIT STOP: Go to the
valley's edge and travel to the other side of the
230-foot-deep gorge via "flying fox" (zip line).
Then run to the PIT STOP, the Lake Manyara Lookout
(a watering hole for African wildlife). WARNING: the
last team to check in may be ELIMINATED!
As Colin chokes down his
eggs slowly, the other teams arrive, electing Kami,
Brandon, a reluctant Karen and a distant-last Charla to
chow down. So, now, Colin is in the same situation
Christie was in Russia: unable to eat while everyone
else catches up to them. And, just like Colin did then,
Christie is the one egging him on (no pun intended) to
shove that yolk down so they can at LEAST stay in
second. Fortunately for them, some of the teams are
having trouble stomaching the egg as well. They still
have a chance.
PIT STOP: LAKE MANYARA, TANZANIA
Meanwhile, the Married Parents reach the "flying fox".
Only when they look down at the gorge do they realize
what they're going to do... and it freaks them a
little. But they still do it, taking the long ride to
the other side of the gorge. Their reward for their
bravery: running to the mat in front of Phil, getting
welcomed by a local tribesman to Tanzania, being
declared "team #1" for the second time in the Race AND
getting a vacation to Latin America compliments of
Finally, Colin shovels in the last of his burnt egg and
he & Christie depart for the "flying fox". Karen
quickly shovels in the rest of HER egg and she & Linda
follow in third. Brandon scrape his bowl to put him &
Nicole in fourth, leaving Team Hi-Lo and Team Twins
choking for the important fifth spot. Both Kami and
Charla are having problems, though, allowing Team Type A
to arrive at the PIT STOP in second, Team Bowling Moms
to come in third and the Models to arrive in fourth.
It's a battle to who can keep the ostrich egg down...a
nd it's Kami! Charla finishes a minute later... but her
size already gives them a disadvantage. It's easy for
Team Twins to arrive in fifth... which means bad news
for Team Hi-Lo.
A sickly Charla and a disappointed Mirna finally hit the
mat to the bad news: they're the last team to arrive.
The cousins wait with fainted breath... and Phil tells
them the WORSE news: they've been eliminated. But they
STILL get their traditional hug and they've had the best
experience of their lives. And Charla may not have
finished the Race but she DID prove a point by
accomplishing her dreams and had a great teammate by her
side. Even PHIL's choked-up about this. But the sad
fact is that the hundreds of miles they traveled today
by plane, bus and foot is all the traveling they'll be
doing in the Race.