|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
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THE SPEED DEMON
Departing the Pit Stop in first place at 6:03am, separated couple Ken & Tina opened their clue instructing them to fly over 5,600 miles to the city of Siem Reap, Cambodia and make their way to a roadside gas pumping station.
Arriving at Auckland International Airport, Ken & Tina went into a nearby travel agency and booked a flight on Singapore Airlines into Singapore, which would then connect to a Jet Star flight into Siem Reap. Their flight was scheduled to depart at 12:25pm out of Auckland, so the couple hoped to be alone on the plane and gain a sizable lead.
Driving to the airport in second place, Terence cruised along the New Zealand highway until he heard the heart-wrenching sound of police sirens behind him. After Terence pulled to the side of the road, an officer approached the car and wrote him a speeding ticket for traveling 117km/hr in a 100km/hr zone. After driving off, Sarah joked, "I always thought you were a slow driver."
Having wasted time being pulled over by the officer, Terence & Sarah's chances of catching Ken & Tina's flight were now in jeopardy. As the pair continued driving to the airport, the separated couple began boarding the Singapore Airlines flight still hoping to be flying solo. However, Terence & Sarah pulled up to the airport and ran onto the flight just in the nick of time. Tina frowned in frustration upon seeing them board the plane.
As Ken & Tina and Terence & Sarah flew to Singapore, divorcees Kelly & Christy, along with mother and son Toni & Dallas, booked a 4:55pm Emirates flight to Singapore that connected to the same Jet Star flight to Siem Reap. While waiting for the travel agent to process their tickets, the divorcees decided to have some fun at the expense of Dallas. The pair whispered to each other that Dallas, with his dark, spiky hair, reminded them of Teen Wolf. Hearing their giggles, Dallas later remarked, "Kelly & Christy irk my nerve. They think they're God's gift to this earth. I wonder what they would look like if they didn't paint their faces in the morning."
When siblings Nick & Starr arrived at the airport, they boarded the 4:55pm Emirates flight to Singapore along with Toni & Dallas and Kelly & Christy. Frat boys Andrew & Dan walked into the airport moments later hoping to make it on the same flight. The travel agents told the stunned frat boys that boarding had closed, but Dan wouldn't take no for an answer. He went straight to the Emirates Airlines counter and asked again to get on the flight, knowing that they would be left in last place with long distance dating couple Aja & Ty if they didn't depart. Again, Dan was met with resistance and was told that the flight was now closed. However, the agent made one last call down to the gate and they agreed to accept them onto the flight. A thankful Andrew later marveled, "I couldn't have done that without Dan. I never would've thought of something like that."
Arriving at the airport after all of the teams departed, last place Aja & Ty jumped on the next flight that connected through Singapore. While the other six teams met up in Singapore and shared the same flight to Siem Reap, the long distance dating couple boarded a later connecting flight in Singapore still in last place. The pair shared a tender moment in the airport holding hands with Aja saying, "Whenever I'm around him I feel butterflies. If I hold his hand I feel the energy passing between us."
Landing in Siem Reap, siblings Nick & Starr took the lead out of the airport and maintained it while traveling to the roadside gas pumping station, as the other teams all got lost to varying degrees. Opening their clue, the siblings discovered they needed to use a hand pump, the method most commonly used in this part of Cambodia, to fill a truck's gas tank with 25 liters of diesel fuel.
With no other teams in sight, Nick cranked the pump to fill up a five-liter reservoir with diesel fuel from the barrel. Then he turned a valve located below the reservoir to allow the diesel fuel to flow into the truck's gas tank. After repeating the process four more times, the siblings completed the task to earn their clue. Opening it, they learned they had to now jump in the back of their now fully-gassed truck and have the driver take them to Siem Reap Harbor. From there they had to take a marked boat to the floating restaurant, Kho Andeth.
On the ride to Siem Reap Harbor, Starr became worried that the driver was going the wrong way. At one point, she asked him to stop so she could get out and ask a local for directions. As she was doing this, separated couple Ken & Tina, newly dating couple Terence & Sarah, and mother and son Toni & Dallas all passed by on their trucks. Now in fourth place, Starr apologized to her brother for making them stop.
Arriving at the harbor within moments of each other, the race heated up as the four teams jumped into their traditional Cambodian boats. Initially Ken & Tina were passed by everyone on the water, but Terence & Sarah fell to fourth place when the motor on their boat began to smoke and ultimately sputter out. Not willing to throw in the towel, Terence grabbed a pole and, pushing it along the muddy lake bottom, used pure elbow grease to get his boat to the nearby Kho Andeth. Although they had to wait at the restaurant to get their boat fixed, the newly dating couple still remained in front of frat boys Andrew & Dan, who fell behind as they bumbled through the diesel fuel task. Trailing Andrew & Dan were Kelly & Christy, whose taxi driver got them very lost when they landed, and Aja & Ty, who landed in Siem Reap in last place.
Siblings Nick & Starr reached the platform of the floating restaurant, Kho Andeth, in first place to find a Detour with the choice of Village Life or Village Work. In Village Life, teams used their boats to pick up three items: a set of toy teeth from the dentist; a doll from the tailor; and a basketball from the floating basketball court where each team member had to make one basket. Then they had to deliver the items to a man at the dock to receive their next clue. In Village Work, teams had to take their boat to a fishing ground, wade into waist deep water, and search among numerous fishing traps for two filled with fish. Then they had to deliver the fish back to the dock and transfer the fish into baskets to receive their next clue.
Choosing Village Work, Nick & Starr and Toni & Dallas directed their boats through the floating town until they reached the fishing ground. Exiting their boats and wading through the muddy water, the two teams began searching through the large traps in search of fish. The siblings took the lead when they dragged two of the large, heavy traps to their boat ahead of the mother and son, who accidentally took one empty trap to their boat and had to wade back out to find one full of fish. When finished, both teams headed to shore where they dumped off their fish and received their next clue. It instructed them to travel to Angkor Wat, an ancient temple that was built for the king in the 12th century and has since become a symbol of Cambodia.
Meanwhile, Ken & Tina, along with Terence & Sarah and Kelly & Christy decided to pick up the three items in the floating village. Tina had a few problems making a basket at the court but she and Ken still remained on Nick & Starr's heels in second place. Terence & Sarah made up the time they lost with their broken boat by finding the items quickly to maintain their fourth place position. Kelly & Christy continued searching for their items, battling Andrew & Dan, who went to the fishing traps, for fifth place. Just after the frat boys finished loading their traps and headed to shore neck and neck with the divorcees, last place Aja & Ty arrived at the fishing grounds, still working hard to catch the teams ahead of them.
A WORLD WONDER
Arriving in first place at the massive, stunning Angkor Wat, siblings Nick & Starr opened their clue to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to search the immense grounds of Angkor Wat for a small elusive room named Prassat Kok Troung, also known as the Chamber of Echoes. Once there, they had to stand on a specific spot and thump their chest in such a way as to make the sound echo throughout the chamber, at which point teams could pick up their next clue.
Nick, Tina, Dallas, and Terence all began to search the sprawling grounds of the massive temple with no idea where to find the small chamber. Nick was the first to find a local to lead him right to Prassat Kok Troung where he pounded his chest, heard the loud echo and picked up the clue instructing him to travel to the Pit Stop at Bayon Temple, a 12th century Buddhist temple. Running out of Angkor Wat, Nick hid the clue in his shirt and told the other teams he hadn't yet found it. Later, he said, "If you can hold them up for 30 seconds then absolutely I'll do that at every moment."
Tina wandered around the temple with no idea where to find the Chamber of Echoes. Dallas and Terence each found a local who directed them to their clue, but Tina couldn't find anyone who knew what she was looking for. Just as Kelly & Christy showed up, Tina finally found her clue, but she became so lost trying to exit the massive temple that Christy was able to pass her up after finding her clue quickly.
Stepping onto the mat in first place at Bayon Temple, siblings Nick & Starr cheered at their victory while Phil rewarded them with a trip for two from Travelocity to St. John. On the win, Nick commented, "It brought me back to that first leg when we came in first place. We did it once and we did it again. It wasn't just a fluke. Starr and I are a team to be reckoned with."
Toni & Dallas snagged second place just ahead of Terence & Sarah while Ken & Tina ran to the mat in fourth place just ahead of Kelly & Christy. However, a thirty-minute time penalty was assessed to Terence & Sarah for their speeding violation in New Zealand, so they fell to fifth place allowing Ken & Tina to move up to third place and Kelly & Christy to fourth.
With Ty & Aja closing in on Angkor Wat, Andrew elected to search for Prassat Kok Troung for his team. Dan sweated it out hoping his teammate could find the clue quickly. After some searching, Andrew found a worshipper who pointed him towards the chamber where he picked up the clue. Pulling away from Angkor Wat, the frat boys maintained a narrow lead on the long distance dating couple Ty & Aja. However, when Andrew & Dan pulled up to Bayon Temple, the frat boys couldn't find Phil in the large temple. Walking in the wrong direction, they wasted a lot of time as Ty found his clue and he and Aja headed straight for them. Eventually, the frat boys figured it out and breathed a sigh of relief as they finished in sixth place.
Stepping onto the mat in last place, Aja & Ty received the bad news from Phil that they had been eliminated from the race. On his partner, Ty remarked, "I wouldn't want to be with anyone else. This race only proved it to me. I'm definitely going to move to L.A. to be with Aja. I definitely want to give this relationship the proper attention that it deserves." Aja added, "Ty is the most beautiful man I've ever, ever loved, inside and out. He had completely redefined love for me. I'm just happy to be with him."
1305 ROUTE MARKERS
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one person can perform. In this Roadblock, that team member had to search the immense grounds of Angkor Wat for a small elusive room named Prassat Kok Troung, also known as the Chamber of Echoes. Once there, they had to stand on a specific spot and thump their chest in such a way as to make the sound echo throughout the chamber, at which point teams could pick up their next clue.
Performed Road Block: TERENCE, NICK, TINA, DALLAS, ANDREW, TY, CHRISTY
Detour: A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its pros and cons. In this Detour, teams had to choose between Village Life or Village Work. In Village Life, teams used their boats to pick up three items: a set of toy teeth from the dentist; a doll from the tailor; and a basketball from the floating basketball court where each team member had to make one basket. Then they had to deliver the items to a man at the dock for their next clue. In Village Work, teams had to take their boat to a fishing ground, wade into waist deep water, and search among numerous fishing traps for two filled with fish. Then they had to deliver the fish back to the dock and transfer the fish into baskets to receive their next clue.
Village Life: KEN/TINA, TERENCE/SARAH, KELLY/CHRISTY
Village Work: TONI/DALLAS, NICK/STARR, AJA/TY, ANDREW/DAN
Order of Finish:
1. Nick & Starr
2. Toni & Dallas
3. Ken & Tina
4. Kelly & Christy
5. Terence & Sarah
6. Andrew & Dan
7. Aja & Ty