Last time, the families crossed the midpoint into
Arizona, where three of them had to identify unidentified flying objects. The
Favereys ended up going about it the longest, so they've reached the end of the
road, while the Cootes keep finding ways to win. Now the journey down Route 66
continues for four...
Near WINSLOW, AZ
Meteor Crater Natural Landmark
"On the road again. Today's journey will take you
to picturesque Sedona, Arizona."
Slide Rock State Park
Sedona will provide a chance to have our families
literally get their feet wet. The diSalvatores can use the break.
Meanwhile, the Cootes return from their night in
Phoenix to catch up with the rest of the families. They're coming off of three
The Pollards were hoping to get to the Grand
Canyon today. Maybe tomorrow.
The Montgomerys are treading very carefully.
They've been working well together so far due to a "strong faith in God."
Sedona is known for rocks that have been
suggested to supply energy to revitalized body, mind, and soul through... a
field of swirling energy called the Vortex. Silvio is a little more than
The families arrive and get a chance to
stretch... and splash... and swim. There's a reason why they call this Slide
Rock State Park... because the rocks have a lot of algae on them and coupled
with the rush of the river... you can slide really easily.
The diSalvatores stop for gas, meaning that
Silvio stops to pump his own gas... for the first time. Amy gives him a "Queen
of the Road" tiara.
KING OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Vortex Spin
The families will have to spin one of their own
silly on a merry-go-round for eight minutes. The family that has the most
revolutions before calling time will advance to the final three. The other
families will compete in the End of the Road Challenge.
Whenever the families have had enough, they can
always stop themselves by hitting a gong and sub out.
And the winner will get a private helicopter tour
of the Grand Canyon. So you really want to win this one...
The first family in the bottom three... are the
diSalvatores with 210. Joining them with 259... the Montgomerys. That leaves the
Cootes and the Pollards. By a score of 331-307, the winners of this challenge...
and the Kings of the Road for this leg....
... are the COOTES! This is their fourth KoR win
in five tries! Unfortunately, the Pollards will have to play for the right to
stay. It's their first time at the End of the Road, while the other teams have
gone to the bottom four times.
But that's tomorrow. Right now, the families are
headed to the Best Western Sedona to spend the night.
GRAND CANYON, AZ
Today, the families are headed to one of the
Seven Wonders of the Natural World. And from the views, it's surely worthy of
the name "Grand Canyon". It's very picturesque. It's very large. Apparently not
as large as Silvio's ego, who ventures close to the edge. Hope he doesn't fall
taking that video. Of course, the pride of the family might fall if Silvio
doesn't stop doing things with his hands.
As for Amie P... she finds a prairie dog... on
her leg. "Redneck children. Can't take them anywhere." This is the Grand
Canyon... and the kids are going ape-(^_^) crazy over a prairie dog. Other Amy:
"You sure that's not a squirrel?"
The Cootes are going to get a view of the Grand
Canyon that the other families can only imagine... a view from up close... via
helicopter. Three words from little Cassidy: "Ho. Lee. Crap."
Grand Canyon Railway
END OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: The Great American
It's an old-fashioned game of telephone as the
families have to open three safes each in two railcars. Two members of each
family will have to open the safes with a combination taken by the other two.
The longest time will have reached the end of the road.
And because Reno is a nice guy like that, he
gives the first combination for free.
The first one kills the diSalvatores, but the dad
clocks in at 7:02.
The Pollards try a strategy of breaking it up
into two-digit numbers. A couple of crucial errors reduces their time to 8:55,
so the diSalvatores are ... safe... for now.
So will the Montgomerys beat that time? They miss
the first code... the third... and miss out by two minutes. Their final time of
10:32 means that the Montgomerys, for all the adventures that they shared as a
family, have reached the End of the Road. And hearts drop. No one wants to go
home... and no one wants to see anyone else go home, but unfortunately, that's
the nature of the road.
And it's possibly for the best, because Darius
Montgomery's not a betting man, and the road continues through Vegas next time.
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