|"The Game's Afoot: Leg 1" - November 16|
After a pleasant (and shivering)
night's sleep, the 22 teams emerge from their tents like
huskies from a snowdrift at their master's whistle and prepare
to depart. Some... have better methods than others to wake up.
Gus comes out shirtless and rubs snow in his armpits, for
instance. At 10am, the first shuttle arrives, loading up Lori
& Bola and Hayden & Aaron for the ride back to base
camp. At said camp, SUVs await them, as well as a clue in
|Take a marked SUV and drive to Glacier Ice Beach
(more than 20 miles away). On the black sand of the
beach, you'll find your next clue.
Team Rasslers decide to follow Team 'Dating' Actors
to the beach...and Hayden is NOT very happy about that. But
Aaron says not to worry and just get to the beach.
10:30, the second shuttle loads up with Avi & Joe, Kris
& Jon and Lena & Kristy. They, also, get their clue
and their SUV. Freddy & Kendra, Adam & Rebecca and
Jonathan & Victoria load up on the 11am one, while Gus
& Hera, Meredith & Maria and Don & Mary Jean await
GLACIER ICE BEACH,
The two lead teams jog onto the beach
towards the Route Marker and find their first:
|DETOUR: Ice Climb or Ice Search
|ICE CLIMB: Drive 35 miles to a glacier park, trek
across the glacier and then, using ice picks and boots,
ascend a steep ice wall to your next clue. |
SEARCH: Go a short distance to a glacier lagoon, choose
a boat and driver and search among the 7-square-mile
lagoon's icebergs for a orange buoy that contains your
Hayden & Aaron go for ICE CLIMB, as do Lori
& Bolo. As they drive, they both think the other team will
be too slow or too weak to beat them.
Close to a
half-hour later, as the fourth and final shuttle departs the
glacier camp, the second set of teams arrive at the beach.
Team Mormon Models decide to ICE CLIMB, despite the fear Lena
seems to have. Team Brooklyn Buddies and Team 'Dating' Actors
arrive and, while Kris & Jon choose to CLIMB, Avi &
Joe choose to SEARCH since, according to science teach Avi,
"seven square miles isn't that big". As such, a few miles from
the beach, Team Brooklyn Buddies arrives at the lagoon,
chooses a boat and starts the search for the buoy.
Rasslers and Team 'Dating' Actors show up at the glacier and
get in their hiking gear. The picks await them at the incline
as they all depart in one line along with their guides. The
ladies climb the incline first, both neck-and-neck. The men,
however, are more aggressive to this and Bolo, being the MORE
aggressive of the two, hefts himself up the ice in no
time...while Aaron slips and slides but makes it. They both
get one more clue for the leg:
|ROUTE INFO - PIT
|Get back in your SUV and drive yourselves to the
PIT STOP: The Blue Lagoon (a mountain resort and spa 200
miles away). WARNING: the last time to check in will be
As Lori shouts at Bolo to
"move his ass", Hayden & Aaron take their time, since
they're CERTAIN of second place at the very least. When Team
Rasslers stop at a tour bus for directions, Team 'Dating'
Actors goes right by them, much to Lori's chagrin. She yells
at him as she drives and he TRIES to find the PIT STOP on
their map. But Hayden & Aaron have a BETTER map and are
relaxing and talking about how much of a "ryhmes with witch"
Meanwhile, Avi & Joe continue their
Back at the beach, the third group arrives.
Team Shrek and Team Engaged Models (despite Kendra's pleading)
all pick ICE CLIMB, deciding that, though it's not closer, it
MUST be faster. Team Dom-Sub, however, decides to go ICE
SEARCHing. They get to the lagoon and Jonathan asks the
drivers, "Who's got game?!" Meanwhile, Team Mormon Models get
to the ice climbing wall and climb it rather easily. As Lena
climbs, Team Restauranteurs arrive to start THEIR climb. They
both get their clues about three minutes
...just as Meredith & Maria and Don &
Mary Jean arrive at the beach and choose CLIMB while Gus &
Hera decide to SEARCH.
Meanwhile, Team Brooklyn Buddies
are STILL looking... and getting bored. They THINK they find
the buoy... but it's an orange boat in the distance. They
start to think they're "morons" for picking this task. Team
Dom-Sub, on the other hand, are not only having a great
time... but they find the buoy in NO time.
Rebecca and Freddy & Kendra get to the glacier for their
ice climb at about the same time. But Team Restauranteurs
ascend it first, leaving Team Shrek in the dust. Back at the
lagoon, Team Who's Da Boss start their search for the buoy
while Avi & Joe STILL search and Team Queens get their
gear on to climb.
As the teams heading for the PIT STOP
discuss the different ways to go, Jonathan & Victoria stop
at a gas station and make SURE they're going in the right
direction. Suddenly, a WHOOP comes from the iceberg lagoon.
It's Team Brooklyn Buddies FINALLY finding the buoy and the
clue to the PIT STOP. Not much later, Gus & Hera locate
the buoy to slip into 8th place.
Team Rasslers are
lost, Team Mormon Models are hopeful, Team Brooklyn Buddies
are trying an "alternate" route, Team Who's Da Boss are
pessimistic... but they're all heading for...
PIT STOP: BLUE LAGOON RESORT, GRINDAVIK,
At the resort built on the run-off of
a geothermal powerplant, Hayden & Aaron are certain that
they're not first. That is... until they hit the mat that Phil
Keoghan and a local Icelander are in front and Phil proclaims,
"Hayden & Aaron,... you're Team Number 1!" And, BECAUSE
they won this leg, they're off the Hawai'i, courtesy of
AA.com. Hayden is proud of Aaron; she couldn't have picked a
As Team Queens ascends the ice wall,
Team Married Grands are right behind them. They both make it
to the top at about the same time and get the clue
simultaneously. Meanwhile, Kris & Jon hit the mat in
second while Team Mormon Models get lost on the footpaths to
the mat and then come in third.
Team Shrek stops for
gas... and makes the CLASSIC Amazing Race mistake of putting
unleaded gas in a diesel tank! The attendant comes out and
stops the flow of gas... but informs Adam & Rebecca that
draining the tank out could take some time. They're sure
they're dead... but it doesn't take long for a mechanic to use
the old "suck the gas out a hose" routine.
Kendra are Team Number 4, Jonathan & Victoria scream
BEFORE they're told that they're Team Number 5... as WELL as
after, and Lori & Bolo arrive shortly afterwards as Team
Number 6... and STILL yell at each other.
car finally gets the unleaded out and, once it's filled with
deisel, head out, now confident that they're NOT doomed. Team
Shrek manage to catch UP with Team Married Grands... but Jean
Marie says Don WILL run faster than them once they get to the
At said stop, Gus & Hera and Avi &
Joe arrive at a hotel... but it's not the MAIN parking lot, not
the one THEY have to get to. At first, they think they're at
the wrong hotel. But, while Team Who's Da Boss drive off, Team
Brooklyn Buddies go INTO the hotel to make sure. When they
reach the springs pool, they see the flag... WAAAAAAAAY off in
Suddenly, three teams -
back-to-back-to-back - jump out of SUVs near the mat. They are
Team Married Grands, Team Shrek and Team Queens...and it's a
foot race to the mat! Team Number 7 is... Adam & Rebecca
coming from behind! Team Number 8 is Meredith & Maria,
which makes Don & Mary Jean Number 9...which they are MORE
than grateful for.
(You can see this ending coming,
The last two teams drive their way to the
proper place. And Team Number 10 is...
GUS & HERA!
They have escaped elimination! That means that Avi & Joe,
right behind them, is the last team to arrive (and is told
this even though they ask Phil not to "say anything we don't
want to hear"). The over 3000 miles they've traveled from
Chi-Town to Iceland is all these two Brooklyn dudes will be
doing. They're shocked that they're in last... but they got to
do things "skinny Jew New Yorkers" couldn't even CONCEIVE of
(But, of course, that means that Team Queens has
to carry the banner for "Noo Yurkers"