It was a tight, tight race this time, with less than half an hour separating teams at the start.
The Race continued to make up for the lack of bunches in the early going this week, dropping a few more Hours of Operation on us – although with less than sixty minutes separating the four surviving teams at the start, it was hardly necessary.
It seems that the Race producers took a look at a globe this week and realized that, with only five teams left, they still had a lot of geography left to cover.
This leg tried to repeat the last leg’s mega-bunch, but BJ and Tyler weren’t finished paying for past sins and wound up spending the first half playing catch-up, just one bus – or flight – behind.
It may not have been the Titanic-scale disaster I mused about last week, but this leg did bring about some upheavals of near-Olympian proportions.
This short, fast-moving leg continued the bunch-free streak that started waaaay back in Moscow.
There are no bunches again this week, as teams headed from Munich to Sicily in a desperate battle for last place. The mental errors start to pile up, giving us some of the worst racing we’ve seen all season.
With no bunch points beyond Moscow, airport maneuvering was key, as the teams that got ahead there, stayed ahead. In the end, Wanda & Desiree were laid low by fatigue and the vagaries of Autobahn navigation.
The longest leg so far started with a zip-line ride, followed by a race for one of three bus tickets that both proved insignificant as the nine remaining teams ended up on the same flight almost halfway around the world.
This short, fast-paced leg started off with the first big bunch of the season, followed immediately by a physically demanding fire-escape Roadblock that eventually sorted teams out onto three buses.
Eleven teams! Of two! Racing around the world! What a great concept. Why didn’t they think of this before?
The final leg of the race sends teams on an onion-chopping, club-swinging, bridge-jumping, cigar-hunting, cabbie-stiffing trek from Jamaica to Fort Lauderdale by way of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The penultimate leg sends the three remaining teams from London further west to Jamaica. Clearly “around” ain’t what it used to be.
It’s a week full of reversals. The race continues its backward progress, this time from Istanbul to London, while last week’s flip-flop of the leading and trailing pairs recurs.
The Race moves into retrograde this week as Racers go from India to Istanbul.
The second half of this two-part leg began with what was, for all intents and purposes, a thirty-six hour rolling Pit Stop across India that ended up with a big bunch in Jodhpur.
After two eventful episodes spent in the confines of southern Africa, the race covered a lot more ground this week, leaping all the way to Lucknow, India.
A short leg across Botswana, with no bunch points, came down to a test of navigation and task ability.
A short, action-packed, bunchy leg took teams from South Africa into Botswana.
After bouncing around South America for three legs, the Race kicked into high gear with a trip across the Atlantic to South Africa.
Another short leg, this one split between the front-runners and the also-rans.
One of the shortest legs ever still managed to be one of the weirdest.
A refreshingly bunch-free leg — at least after the initial bus ride — let teams rise and fall on their own merits as they tackled shining shoes, finding fish, and transporting tomes.
Leg One took our 11 teams from Long Beach to Cusco. The NASCAR-channelling LAX road rally, complete with Blondes! Cheating! Death! was a great start to a pretty interesting leg.
Zron gives us a report on the first leg of the TAR6 finale. More to come...
Given that this is a race and all, this week saw a surprising amount of hanging around.
If it’s after midnight, it must be time for the Race to begin.
It’s another midnight start to the leg, which usually means the first bunch of the leg isn’t far off.
It’s hit-the-wall week on the Amazing Race, both literally and figuratively. After almost 24,000 kilometers, the cracks are starting to show in our remaining teams.
This was a very fluid leg. The standings were fluid; fluids were entered, traversed, and consumed; and there were plenty of bodily fluids to go around, too.
This leg had a great deal of activity to no great effect, with mechanical fumbling, getting lost, and half-naked girls.
Who will Zron choose for this week's Play of the Week and Smooth Move?
TAR took a detour through Bizarro World this week…
Following a late afternoon finish to the previous leg, teams got up before the sun to begin Leg 3 with a drive back to the train station at Voss.
For the second leg, our ten remaining teams set off from Iceland’s Blue Lagoon and tramped across northern Europe as one gigantic horde.
If Iceland is Green, and Greenland is Icy, what Colour is the Blue Lagoon?