Clown Al Reports!

The Amazing Race 4.2: Al Looks Back

Jon and I were just so happy that we weren’t the first team eliminated, It was also a wake-up call to continue to keep positive, always push hard and, no matter what, don’t give up.

Before leaving Cortina valley, we stayed in a hotel. We got a bite to eat and tried to interact with some of the other teams, but quite frankly we were tired. We also had to figure out how to wash our clothes, because the last leg was a few days. We washed our clothes in a sink by hand using our shampoo. Jon would dry the clothes with a blow dryer that was in the room, I believe it was here that Jon left the dryer on and fell asleep and part of the dryer melted!
The start of this leg was fun for us, for some reason we didn’t stress and goofed around a lot at the hotel while waiting for the taxi. They didn’t air it, but Jon actually balanced the bench that we were sitting on while acting sleepy.
The start of this leg was fun for us, for some reason we didn’t stress and goofed around a lot at the hotel while waiting for the taxi. They didn’t air it, but Jon actually balanced the bench that we were sitting on while acting sleepy. When we got to the rafting slope, we actually messed up like Jon and Kelly and the taxi brought us to the top BUT I figured it out real fast and jumped into a vehicle and yelled to Jon and got driven to the bottom.

Our taxi left and we were stranded and had to hike a bit and wake up a guy at a hotel to call us another taxi. I think he wasn’t too happy about that. Once arriving at the train station Jon and I kind of just settled in. Honestly, we weren’t teaming up against ANYONE and just figured have fun, race hard, and not focus on being against any other teams. When Chip and Reichen showed up, I don’t recall giving them the cold shoulder at all. Many of the other teams were, but we really had nothing against them, although I think Chip and Reichen thought we did. But Jon and I knew everyone was going to be able to get on the train together, so what’s the big deal? At one point we even removed ourselves from the group and just hung out in a bathroom, ‘cause it was freaking freezing out. In fact I was the one who talked to the man in the bus and found out we had to take the bus to the next train station and catch the early Venice train from there. I told EVERYONE about this and we didn’t try to sneak on (although, I think being a little sneaky is necessary now!).

Once on the train to Venice, so many of the teams didn’t have the right amount of money and Jon was dealing with the conductor trying to explain our situation. LOL, I just couldn’t deal at this point. Jon and I actually wound up paying some extra money for teams that didn’t have the right amount of money!
I also want complete credit on getting to the house where the mask task was FIRST!!! Yep, you heard right, Jon and I were the first to arrive there! We got there around 11a.m. and had 6 hours to waste.
In Venice, we actually did pretty well. I remember taking off on our own and me navigating our little Gondola through the canals. Yes, it was a maze but we actually got there very early on. I also want complete credit on getting to the house where the mask task was FIRST!!! Yep, you heard right, Jon and I were the first to arrive there! We got there around 11a.m. and had 6 hours to waste.


No, we weren’t going to sit and wait there, we actually walked around town, got a bite to eat and went to St. Peter’s square and really had fun. I remember I opened up a bag of chips and dumped it on Jon and he was swarmed by pigeons! We also walked around and Jon balanced lots of different items throughout the streets for the Italians and onlookers. We had fun. By the time we got back everyone else was there and camped out in front of the door…I could tell people were not in the best of moods, the weather was wet and cold all day…..OOOPS!! Maybe we should have waited. Nahhhhhhh… It may seem like I was in the room a long while but in actuality I wasn’t. If you check it out carefully I was last in the room and came in 6th place in front of many of the teams that left the room before us. I really think our little sightseeing around Venice helped us out. We were very aware of the directions to St. Peter’s square, because that’s where we spent most of the day down there. Another little bit of interesting trivia is that when Jon and I were running for the boat, Jon took a massive fall as he got onto the little bridge that led to the boat, I thought he was going to go flying into the water, which would have been horrible. Lucky enough he recovered and we got there in fast time.