The Amazing Race 4.5: Al Looks Back
This leg of the race was most definitely one of my favorites. By this time, we had just seemed to get our stride going right and we also had a lot of fun running this leg.
While flying to Amsterdam, we scurried about on the plane trying to find out as much information as possible about where the bridge was. Once we got to Amsterdam, it was a mad dash. We took the public transportation and ran to where the bridge was. Everyone was all frazzled once they got in the boat and that seemed to add to the confusion. Actually, Jon and I decided to just get away from the rest of everyone as to not get caught up in the hysteria. So, Jon just got away from the dock and basically went in circles until I got my bearing on the map and away we went. We were a bit nervous because nobody else was around us and we thought: “WOW! Are we going in the wrong direction?” But then we thought to ourselves: “What the heck! Let’s just go on.” When we got to the museum and saw all the cars and clues still there, we were a bit confused because we never thought in a million years that we were first.
The search for the clue in the cow manure was a no brainer. We just knew we wanted to do that. When we got to the farm, we were quite surprised at how big the pile was but it was still a blast! We just started cracking each other up and fighting and throwing it at each other. Jon’s shoe fell off and he stepped into the manure with his sock. It got soaked and Jon just took it off and threw it out. What a blast!
Next, we had to find the smoker. The roads were vacant and narrow and I have no idea how the heck that truck was there to help the NFL Girls out. Anyway, we had to find where this smoker guy was. After a little searching, we got there. By this time, Jon and I felt pretty good about our timing and were hoping for a first place finish. Okay, once the road block said “seafood,” I knew I was going to be the one doing it. As you might have seen, Jon was quick to say that I was doing it. No prob! My one concern was getting bitten by the eels. I asked the man there if they bite and he just shrugged his shoulders. “Oh, great!” I thought. If you notice, our eels were pretty active. (As the day goes on, the eels get real sluggish.) Okay, with eel catching finished, we had to get to the castle. We stopped at a gas station and asked some kids. They showed us the way and we were off, hoping for a possible first place victory! As you all know, because Chuck and Millie took the FF, we came in second. That’s okay. We were happy as ever. We really felt like we had our groove going and were looking forward to the next leg.
Once this leg was over, all the teams got together and had a beautiful dinner right there in the castle. It was quite an experience. I remember talking to Jon that night once we got back to the pit stop hotel and thinking: “Hey, we’ve stayed in a lot of castles or old mansions. I bet, towards the end of the race, one of the clues will have to do with castles or mansions.” Boy, was I wrong!
The weather got real windy, rainy and it even hailed that evening. The next day, it was cold and the weather was still really bad. I was also feeling very ill. I thought maybe it was something I ate because my stomach was really killing me and I felt extremely nauseous. Jon was a bit concerned and we both decided to not let any of the teams know. Thank goodness the next leg started off with a very long flight to India.