"You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate - Leg 10" -
PIT STOP: A
HOTEL LODGE SOMEWHERE NEAR SIGIRIYA, SRI LANKA
From the deserts of Ethiopia to the "Jewel of the Indian Ocean",
the Racers rocked and rolled in their continuing trek around the
world. Along the way, the ran a relay, rode elephants, climbed
trees and climbed 1000 steps up Lion Rock. When they arrived at
the lodge, it was Kris & Jon (Team Restauranteurs) who took the
lead. It was a tight race for second, but that went to Hayden &
Aaron (Team "Dating" Actors), followed closely by Freddy &
Kendra (Team Engaged Models) and Adam & Rebecca (Team Shrek).
Unfortunately, a bit of miscommunication at the ROAD BLOCK
dropped Lori & Bolo (Team Rasslers) all the way to last and,
thus, they were eliminated.
At one minute before midnight local time, Team Restauranteurs
stand at the foot of the pool they went swimming in 12 hours
beforehand. They rip open this clue to start the tenth leg:
Fly to Shanghai, China (over
4000 miles away), the most populous city in the world (over
13 million people live there). Once there, head for Yu Yuan
Gardens and search the grounds for your next clue. You have
$142 for this leg of the Race.
The long-distance daters depart
for the airport, knowing that a) strategy is of the essence and
b) the airport may very well lead to another four-way tie. Five
minutes after they depart, Team "Dating" Actors leave. Right
behind them are their Model Alliance partners and right behind
THEM are Team Shrek.
At Colombo International Airport, the four teams disembark their
taxis and run to find flights to China. Hayden & Aaron are the
first to book a flight on Dragonair (isn't that a Pokemon?)
leaving at 7:45am. Kris & Jon and Freddy & Kendra get on the
SAME flight. Adam & Rebecca... well, first they have to argue
about who will GET the tickets. Adam wants to do it, but Rebecca
insists on doing it herself. This, of course, makes Adam whine
like a baby. Still, they do get on the same flight. So, as
expected, all four teams will first travel to Hong Kong and then
land at the same time in...
Whoever said New York is the "city that never sleeps"
has obviously never been to Shanghai. The city is lit up
brighter than the Big Apple could ever even CONCEIVE of getting.
And it's these bright lights of this big city that awaits eight
American globehoppers as they land at the airport. But Hayden &
Aaron run into an unexpected road block: while the rest of the
teams exchanged their U.S. currency for Chinese Yuan in Hong
Kong, Team "Dating" Actors waited until here. So the actors have
to wait in queue while the other teams take off for the
gardens... that is, if they can flag a cab. Only Freddy & Kendra
seem to be successful at first. Kris & Jon finally get a cab,
but the rate is non-negotiable. Adam follows Rebecca around like
a puppy wanting attention. But they do find a cab...just as Team
"Dating Actors" get their Yuan. Hayden thinks the money they
paid for their cab was a rip-off... but Aaron's more concerned
with getting to the gardens.
Team Engaged Models' taxi goes to the Yu Garden, a hotel. Right
on their heels is Team Shrek. They both find out that Yu Yuan
Gardens is a mere two minutes' walking distance from there. Adam
& Rebecca get lost in the alleyways while Kris & Jon try to get
info from the locals. Hayden thinks they're lost and wants Aaron
to "find someone who speaks English and deal with this before I
The teams eventually locate the Gardens. But - surprise,
surprise - it ain't open until 8:30am. Well, THAT just stinks,
don't it? They all walk back to the hotel and check-in for the
It's another Shanghai sunrise. And, at 8:30am, the teams buy
their tickets and start the search for the clue. The Yu Yuan
Gardens are as beautiful as they are HUGE! The place is like a
maze that these eight foreign rats are getting lost in. But it's
Freddy & Kendra who find it first and gets this clue:
Make your way to Yincheng Road
(E) in the area of Pudong. Once there, search the area
around Huaneng Union Tower for your next clue.
CAUTION: YIELD AHEAD!
You know what THAT means:
This is the last of three
YIELDs in the entire Race. A team may use this to make
another team stop for a pre-determined amount of time
(denoted by an hourglass) before they can continue. Any team
can be YIELDed any number of times, but a team may only
utilize a YIELD once during the course of the Race (meaning
Adam & Rebecca cannot YIELD).
Kris & Jon are the next to find
the clue, followed closely by Hayden & Aaron. Adam &
Rebecca...well, they're lost...again. They do find the clue box,
though...and, upon reading it, only one thing can be said by
them: "We're SO YIELDed!"
Another difference between Shanghai and New York is, on even the
WORST day, there's a good chance you WILL get a taxi in NYC. The
teams are finding it extra hard to find a cab here. Somehow,
Kris & Jon sneak onto one first. After a lot of waving and
trying to find someone who will even give them the time of day,
Freddy & Kendra find one and head off in second. The ODD thing
is... most of the cabs that are speeding BY them are EMPTY. Is
it discrimination... or some nuance they don't know about?
Hayden & Aaron find one that's neither and zoom off in third...
leaving a frustrated Team Shrek behind to EVENTUALLY get a cab.
Traffic is as bad as NYC in any sense. And the three lead teams
talk about strategy going into the YIELD. Team Engaged Models SO
wants revenge on Team Shrek... and it seems the other teams are
willing to let them have it.
At the tower, the Model Alliance walk around the base of the
tower and find both the YIELD and the next Route Marker. The
result...well, it's just what you'd expect:
FREDDY & KENDRA YIELD ADAM &
(Well, when Rebecca's right,
With the revenge out of the way, it's time for the next...:
Hua Xia Bank Tower
is forty stories high but SOMEONE has to wash it.")
One team member must go to the
top of Hua Xia Bank Tower (a 40-story building), put on a
window-washer's bench and rappel down to a marked window.
Then that person must clean the window until a message is
revealed. Once you think you've discovered the message,
rappel all the way down and tell the supervisor the message.
If you're right, he'll give you your next clue. If not, you
must go back up and try again.
Kendra seems to know what the
ROAD BLOCK has in store...but, despite her acrophobia, she wants
to face it. So she decides to do it. Meanwhile, after laughing
at the YIELD, Aaron decides on doing the ROAD BLOCK.
While they head for the bank, Kris & Jon stay stuck in traffic.
Team "Dating" Models arrive at the bank first and Aaron heads
up... just as Adam & Rebecca arrive there by mistake. Hayden
hides to keep Team Shrek from seeing her. Then Team Engaged
Models, who hailed a cab, showed up to bring Kendra to the top.
Adam & Rebecca finnaly get to the YIELD... and immediately flip
the hourglass over. Their only ray of hope is that Team
Restauranteurs haven't shown up yet. As the hourglass empties
half-way, Kris & Jon FINALLY arrive and get their ROAD BLOCK
clue. Kris decides to do it and they take off. As they wait,
Team Shrek agree that Rebecca would do this (they can see the
other teams on the side of the building) since Adam can only do
one more ROAD BLOCK in the entire Race (there's a six-BLOCK
limit for any one Racer this time).
Aaron starts his descent and makes the window in no time.
Kendra, not surprisingly, hesitates... and hesitates... and
finally starts to drop. The windows are ESPECIALLY dirty and
crusty, but Aaron keeps at it. Soon, he uncovers the words "TAI
CHI" (a "martial art" usually done in meditation exercises). He
starts his 400-foot drop to the sidewalk below. As Kendra ALSO
finds "TAI CHI", Aaron hits the pavement, tells the supervisor
the phrase and receives this clue for him and Hayden:
Make your way to the Monument
to the People's Heroes on the Bund (Shanghai's most popular
mile). Once there, search among hundreds of tai chi artists
for one of four "masters". Each master has your next clue,
though only one each.
As part of their Alliance, Team
"Dating" Actors lets Freddy hear the clue before they take off.
As they leave, Kris thanks them for not YIELDing them. Kendra
starts her descent... but it's slow going because she grabs on
tight at every gust of wind. As she gets to the 30th floor, Kris
starts HER washing. Kendra makes it down at last and they take
off after their Model Alliance partners. (Oh, and the reason no
one could get a cab before was because it was "rush hour" and
the cabbies felt an obligation to take businessmen instead of
tourists. Now, it's no problem to hail one.)
Like sands through the hourglass, so goes Team Shrek's YIELD
time. They don't GO anywhere, though, because they're too busy
ARGUING. It takes them a minute to notice as they advance to the
ROAD BLOCK. As Rebecca officially decides to do it and they get
to the base of the bank tower, Kris hits the pavement, says "Tai
Chi" and puts Team Resatauranteurs firmly into third place. Adam
gets a cab to wait for them as Rebecca wipes the window clean
and heads down.
At the tall monument to Chinese heroes of the past, close to 100
people sway slowly, some holding swords while others only sway
their hands. Hayden & Aaron arrive there and start their search
for the masters. They ask each one, "Do you have a clue?" (I
think the tai chi people would ask THEM the same thing.)
Finally, they find one...and their next clue:
Use the enclosed map to find
your way to the end of Jiang Pu Road (about 3 miles away) to
find your next clue.
Freddy & Kendra are next to the
monument as Hayden & Aaron depart. It takes them a fair while...
enough time for Kris & Jon to arrive. But while Team
Restauranteurs lose their way, Team Shrek gets into their cab in
the hopes of catching up. Kris & Jon ask and ask and ask...and
finally find the clue and map. Some time later, Adam & Rebecca
arrive and start the search for the last master.
Team "Dating" Actors finds the end of the road and runs to the
clue box to find:
or Ice (things commonly found in China)?
BRICKS: Use a traditional
Chinese carrying device to haul 300 clay bricks from a barge
across a narrow plank to the dock's matrked stacking area.
Then stack the bricks on a wooden palette. Once all 300
bricks are stacked, you'll receive your next clue.
ICE: Each of you must load two 220-pound blocks of ice onto
the back of a flatbed tricycle and deliver them to a fish
market (four streets away). Once there, pick the ice into
chunks and put them into buckets. Once all the ice is in the
buckets, the owner will hand you your next clue.
Aaron decides on BRICKS and
Hayden concurs. They run to the barges and find that the devices
are shoulder harnesses like giant scales. As they start, Freddy
& Kendra arrive and choose BRICKS as well. Meanwhile, Kris & Jon
get lost again and argue with their cabbie. Hayden has trouble
lifting the bricks on her shoulders... but she and Aaron finish
148 bricks before Team Engaged Models start their first load.
Kendra DOESN'T have much of a problem with the bricks and they
soon catch up.
While the other two teams fight the language barrier to find the
end of the road. Team "Dating Actors", who have been leading
ever since they came into Shanghai, finish their 300-brick load
ROUTE INFO -
Make your way to the next PIT
STOP: the rooftop of the Peace Hotel South (about 3 miles
away, overlooking Shanghai). WARNING: the last team to
check-in MAY be eliminated!
As they scram, both Kris & Jon
and Adam & Rebecca arrive at the DETOUR. They both decide on
BRICKS as well. As they start, Freddy & Kendra finish and take
off. Adam tries to stop Rebecca from calling him "honey" as they
start... and Rebecca drops her load as she crosses the plank
over the water (you'd think physical trainers would be GOOD at
this). It's 180 to 60, Team Restauranteurs' favor, when the line
of the Race occurs:
Adam: "Don't call me 'honey'!"
Rebecca: "OK, ass!"
Adam: "Better! I prefer that!"
Kris & Jon get to 300 as Team Shrek gets to 200. It doesn't take
long for Adam & Rebecca to get the last 100. But it's still a
taxi race to...
PIT STOP: PEACE HOTEL SOUTH, SHANGHAI, CHINA
Phil Keoghan awaits as both team in the Model Alliance arrive at
the hotel lobby. At the top, Hayden & Aaron hit the mat first
and are proclaimed "Team Number One!" Team "Dating" Actors also
get a Hawaiian vacation courtesy to AA.com. They're calm,
cool....and ready to rock.
Freddy & Kendra arrive right behind them as Team #2, happy with
the YIELD payback! So it's a race for third and last! Kris & Jon
almost get hit by other cars as they head for the lobby, Adam &
Rebecca on their heels.
And Team # 3 issssssssssss...
Adam & Rebecca finally arrive and receive the bad news: they're
last. HOWEVER, this is the last of three non-elimination legs in
the Race so they're still in it! But, of course, Team Shrek must
now hand over all their bread to Phil and start dead last and
dead broke. We all saw what happened to the LAST team who had to
go broke this late in the Race (Team Bowling Moms, who were
eliminated in the next-to-last leg). Will these two bickering
trainers avoid that?