This is my half-assed attempt to semi-sorta live blog episode two of The Amazing Race tonight, from Victoria.
(See Episode 1’s blog for some back story)
My names for the teams in this blog and the order in which they will leave the pit stop:
1. AH – Brother/Sister
2. KV – Goth Couple
3. RTK – The New Hippies
4. LJ – â€¦ no clever nicknames yet
5. ND – Grandson/Gramps
6. SJ – The New Beauty Queens / The Blonds
7. RC – Father/Daughter “You are a disappointment!”
8. KP – Lesbian Ministers
9. MJ – â€œHot Sistersâ€ – per John
10. NJ – The Cranky Couple
The teams take off from Ireland when their first clue from the pit stop instructs them to head to the Shannon Airport and fly to Amsterdam.
Once they arrive in Amsterdam they need to take a train, then find a particular bridge upon which they will find their next clue.
At the airport everyone manages to find a flight to Dublin however the number of seats from Dublin to Amsterdam are limited. At the connection, Ronald & Christina and Grampa/Grandson jockey for stand-by positions meanwhile AH, The Goths, JL and the cranky couple (their names escape me right now) are on their way to the Netherlands.
All teams have managed to find connecting flights to Amsterdam where they hop on trains en route the the clue. AH are ahead of the pack, and the first to find the DETOUR.
Hoist it: Teams need to use a rope and pulley system to hoist 5 pieces of furniture up to an apartment building.
Hunt it: Teams walk a few blocks to sort through thousands of bikes to find colour-coded bikes, which they must then ride 5 miles to receive their next clue.
Honestly, Hunt it sounds like a HUGE pain, it’s all PURE luck on these tasks – “find a needle in a haystack”. Some teams could get it right away and others could be there for hours.
AH head to Hunt it, while the Goths head to Hoist it along with JL, who end up completing the task first. After DETOURs are complete teams must travel by bus to get their next clue, located in a field.
The Blonds head to Hoist it with Nathan and Jennifer (the cranky couple) while Gramps/Grandson do Hunt it.
AH complete Hunt it and ride their bikes to the bus meanwhile the Blonds pretend to faint, “I need a chiropractor,” and Nathan & Jennifer switch roles in Hoist it, as the Hippies (RTK) struggle as well with that task.
A bunch of teams catch up to each other while waiting for a bus, leaving without the Goths who race to catch it. Meanwhile, RC, KP and MJ are just landing in Amsterdam.
RTK get the hang of Hoist it while JL get off the bus and come across the next clue, alongside the Blonds and the cranky couple.
ROAD BLOCK – Only one person per team can do this task – Ditch Vault. They must use a pole to vault across a ditch, landing both feet on the other side of the mud pit to retrieve the clue. The clue instructs teams to chose a Dutch cargo bike looking for a drop off site, which will lead them to the pit stop for this leg of the race.
At this point the teams are very staggered, pretty much in groups of three teams. The Blonds comment on the cranky couple’s success thus far, “that little bitch did it!”. J and L hit the mat first being the winners of this leg of the race. Followed by the cranky couple, NJ then the Blonds.
RC and KP decide to take on Hunt it, searching through thousands of bikes. Ronald pretty much rags on his daughter the entire time, while Kate and Pat look on, indulging in the other teams’ breakdowns. Meanwhile the Goths, Gramps/Grandson, the Hippies and AH reach the Road Block/Ditch Vault.
The Hippies complete the Ditch Vault but ride past Phil at the mat while the Goths check in – AH and The Hippies make it in as #5 and #6. The Hot Sisters breeze through the Ditch Vault and check in as team #7. Gramps, after stripping down to his skivvies in the mud check in as team #8 while Ronald criticizes his daughter… again… to pieces. They complete the task and check in #9, leaving Kate and Pat as the only team yet to finish.
1. LJ – â€¦ no clever nicknames yet
2. NJ – The Cranky Couple
3. SJ – The New Beauty Queens / The Blonds
4. KV – Goth Couple
5. AH – Brother/Sister
6. RTK – The New Hippies
7. MJ – â€œHot Sistersâ€ – per John
8. ND – Grandson/Gramps
9. RC – Father/Daughter â€œYou are a disappointment!â€
ELIMINATED – 10. KP – Lesbian Ministers