"If They're Screwing The
Helmet To My Head, It Can't Be Good" - September 7
PIT STOP: VICTORIA MEMORIAL; CALCUTTA, INDIA
The teams slid, dropped bricks, and the Dating Models
(Brandon & Nicole) found shaving heads way too much to
handle. That most costs them dearly as they end up in
last place, forcing themselves to spend their 12-hour
rest break pandering for money. They get some, but will
it be enough to keep up with the Joneses (or the
McAllisters or the Frenches or the Guinn-Woodses or the
Once again, Colin & Christie are off and running first
Fly over 7,000 miles to
Auckland, New Zealand, and drive an additional 200
miles to the town of Rotorua to find the Rotorua
Museum to get their next clue. You will have to
arrange to buy tickets from a nearby travel agency
due to local travel laws. Four teams will have $45
for this leg of the Race; one team will have no
Team Type A are like
kids on Christmas Day at the prospect of flying to Phil
Keoghan's home turf. "Obviously, it's a great morale
boost to come in first, but Colin and I need to work on
being okay if things are not going perfectly. If we can
learn to do that, we'll be a lot more successful."
Easier said than done, Christie. Two minutes later, Chip
& Kim are off, still with the mission of helping along
the destruction of Team Type A.
The two teams' taxis
meet en route to the travel agency, which serves as an
equalizer, due to the fact that it did not open until
7am local time. They are able to secure flights to
Auckland via Bangkok, scheduled to touch down at
11:35am. Unfortunately there was only one spot on that
flight, and by virtue of being first, Type A snag that
one. Chip & Kim will have to make do with a flight
touching down at 11:55am.
Meanwhile, at 3:25am,
the Bowling Moms Linda & Karen begin their leg with the
same mission. Due to the hours, they too make their
flight on time, albeit at 12:20pm, but they will have to
find a way to get to Auckland from Bangkok on their own.
At 4:38am, the Twins
Kami & Karli take off for the airport. "Twins do not
always get along. Kami and I are so much alike. When one
thing bothers her, it bothers me, too. To finish in the
top, we need to stay calm and get along with one
another." There's only one hope to catch the other
teams, and that's by booking their flight over the
phone, but it isn't as simple as Orbitz, I'm afraid.
They do arrive in Bangkok with the other teams in wait,
but try to talk their way onto a flight by saying that
they have reservations when they obviously didn't.
So much for that plan.
Finally, at 6:07am,
Brandon & Nicole's pandering time ends, and the leg
begins. They do catch up with the others' flights to
Bangkok, where the Dating Models book a flight identical
to the Married Parents, leaving the Bowling Moms to land
in Auckland at 12:20pm.
Meanwhile, Kami & Karli
try (and beg and plead and pray) to get on the route to
Sydney with Type A and the 'Rents, barely making the
flight. From Sydney, the twins secured a Qantas flight
scheduled to arrive at 12:15pm, two hours earlier than
their original flight and five minutes ahead of now
last-place Linda & Karen.
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Landing in Auckland first, Colin & Christie began the
drive to Rotorua in search of the Rotorua Museum by
quickly finding Route One, a direct route there. They
get a bit lost, but it isn't enough to deter them for
long. Same case for Brandon & Nicole, but Chip & Kim
became lost, allowing the more focused Bowling Moms to
pull ahead of them. Kami & Karli, like Chip & Kim,
became lost and slipped to the back of the pack as all
Teams headed to Rotorua, so now it's an early battle to
avoid being last.
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND
Finding the Rotorua
Museum first, this greets Colin & Christie:
There is only one yield
on each leg of the race. The team that uses it may
force another team that's behind them to stop racing
for a predetermined amount of time, even as other
teams may pass them. However, teams can exercise
their yield power only once during the course of the
race, so they have to decide when it's in their best
interest to use it. Any team that's been forced to
yield must turn this hourglass upside down and wait
for the sand to run out before they continue on.
Once again, Colin &
Christie don't want to win dirty, so they decide not to
use the Yield. Instead, they get this:
Clean or Dirty
CLEAN: Drive yourself
13 miles to Okere Falls and perform a New Zealand
adventure sport called sledging. With the help of
two river guides, they must ride down a one-mile
whitewater river course with only a small board,
called a sledge, for protection. Upon completion,
the river guides will give you the next clue.
DIRTY: Drive yourself 10 miles to Hell's Gate and
search for your clue buried in a large mud pool.
Colin & Christie
determine that Clean would be faster, so it's off to
Okere Falls we go.
On the way there,
something shocking happens... The Type A-ers get lost.
Wait, I'm getting to the shocking part. Colin asks for
the map at an intersection, defiant that they are not
lost. Well, sure enough... they are. But that's not
shocking. This is. Colin to Christie: "Im sorry. I was
Next up, Linda & Karen
take the route to sledge, making sure that north was
north and south was south and all was right with the
world. Brandon & Nicole on the other hand decide that
they haven't had mud facials in a while, taking the
Dirty route. Meanwhile, Colin & Christie begin their
descent into madness. It starts out easy, but gets
progressively harder as they reach several waterfalls,
including one that is supposedly the highest one can
Colin on the sledge: "Whee!"
Christie on the sledge:
Clue given by the river
Drive yourself 20 miles
to Mataparra Farms. Once there, find the route
marker to retrieve your next clue.
Meanwhile, the time at
Hell's Gate is quite literally hell on Brandon & Nicole
as they dig around for the clue for what seems like
ages. Over in Rotorua, the Twins & the 'Rents arrive
almost simultaneously at the Yield. Chip is thinking
about it... then finally deciding... not to use the
Yield on Kami & Karli. Dirty trickster... Clean (and
quick) sledging, because time is of the essence for
them, realizing that the Bowling Moms are now ahead of
Still in Hell's Gate,
Brandon & Nicole continue their arduous labor. This is
important, because as they speak, Linda & Karen arrive
at Okere Falls and get their heads screwed on tight for
their sledge, which, if they complete, will put them in
second place. Although both the Moms were more than a
little concerned when faced with the giant waterfall,
they sledged into the chilly water below, proud of their
Brandon & Nicole, now in
third place, in the meanwhile still trudge along in the
gates of hell.
On the other hand, Colin
& Christie find their way to...
PIT STOP: MATAPARRA
FARMS; ROTORUA, NZ
"Who's up for a
wild ride?" Inflate a zorb, a giant plastic
ball, get in it, and roll down the hill while
bouncing around inside. The zorb has water inside to
protect against scraping from the plastic. At the
bottom of the hill, like a hamster in a wheel, walk
the zorb across the finish line, join your partner,
and make your way to the next Pit Stop at the top of
the hill. WARNING: the last team to check in may be
Colin is all over it,
and all up into it. Describing it as like a water slide,
Colin completes the task with all the excitement of a
little kid in his first trip to Wet'n'Wild, although I
would describe watching Colin emerge from his zorb like
watching a live birth.
Another first place
finish, another trip, this time to "romantic Europe"
courtesy our friends at AA.com. Linda & Karen arrive at
Mataparra Farms a few minutes after and ride their zorb
to a second-place finish.
Brandon & Nicole are
still in Hell right now, praying for a light to guide
them. And hello, light, as Brandon finally found one of
the clues. The Dating Models leave as soon as the twins
We're still in alarm as
Chip & Kim try to avoid elimination at Okere Falls while
Kami & Karli begin their sojourn into Hell's Gate.
Back at Mataparra Falls,
Brandon & Nicole zorbed their way to third-place, saying
that they hate that kind of stuff. Stupid model. But
just as the married parents completed the sledging, Kami
got lucky by pulling a clue out of the mud. A race is on
as the teams raced towards Mataparra Farms with
elimination looming large. Chip & Kim arrive first at
the Pit Stop and slide into fourth.
leaves twins in last. "Kami and my relationship could be
better. We're so much alike that it's hard to deal with
ourselves times two. But because of this Race, I think
that we've come a long way." Kami added, "It only makes
sense that Karli and I are doing something like this
together. We're going to continue being together in
different races of our life. We're sisters. We love each
other." One would believe that the 7250 miles traveled
is dwarfed by the long road Kami & Karli fought to get
to this point.