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TV Guide on-line~
Episode Detail: Can Horses Smell Fear? - Amazing Race 10
On the second leg of the race, the teams must ride horses during a detour and one player goes into an emotional meltdown after being thrown. Several pairs are stranded when their vehicles break down in the countryside. Also, alliances begin to form between teams who consider themselves underdogs in the race. Phil Keoghan is the host.

Thanks to TV Guide Hardcopy

this one found on-line

Mongolia ( Wednesday, 5/ 31 )

  From CBS Press Release,Mongolia PitStop
TAR detectives find the Hotel Mongolia ! located in
  picture link
these people in Mongolia acted as Ferns for a team from Alabama:

Amazing Race
By Charlie
Wednesday, May 31 was cold and rainy in UB. Rachel and I went to the gym in the late morning and then enjoyed lunch at our favorite ex-pat watering hole.
As the lattes arrived, we saw a horde of alpha-humans charging through the courtyard of the monastery/museum across the street. Each team of two was followed by a cameraman and sound guy. The teams ran up to a temple, grabbed an envelope, tore it open, ran to a waiting jeep, loaded up and drove away.

Two young African-American women (Karlyn and Lynn from Alabama )  frantically interrogated the Mongolian bystanders. “Do you speak English? Do you speak English?”

“We need to get to Terelj. Where is it?”
“Can you show us?”
So we all piled in the Russian jeep and hit the road.
The instructions continued, saying that they should park their jeep in the village of Terelj, where they would meet some horses and a nomad who would help them with the horses.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia current date & Time

Ulan Bator, The Monastery of the Living Buddha ( thanks Chateau d if )

Possible destination that the post refered to:  Ref ( thanks Chateau d if )


--- Quote from: Chateau d If on June 14, 2006, 01:28:25 PM ---The Mongolian poster said they went to: Terelj

Looks like a great background for a pit stop.

This may be the same train thay took from China.

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--- Quote from: Chateau d If on June 14, 2006, 04:39:14 PM ---This indicates that they may have arrived at 1:30 pm.  I don't understand why teams would have been required to drive to the China Mongolia boarder.

Unless that was th only way to catch the train.   ;D


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--- Quote from: Chateau d If on June 14, 2006, 05:48:03 PM ---I just noticed that according to that train post, the travel time from Beijing is 29 hours.   :o

But if they are riding only from Erlyan then, what?, 14 hours.   Map below from here.

The yellow arrows show cities served by Air China.  If that's an option.

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--- Quote from: Slowhatch on June 14, 2006, 10:13:37 PM ---Wow! You go away for a few hours and you miss all the fun. Let me try to add something. Markers for the first stop:

* a cafe that serves latte
* popular among ex-pats
* Ethiopian owner
* next door to "monastery/museum"
This site describes Millie's Espresso as being "popular among expats." This site (towards the bottom of the page) mentions Millie, the Ethiopian-American owner. And this site states that the restaurant is near the Chojin Lama museum (former monastery). So I'll go out on a limb and call Chojin Lama (haven't found a home page for it yet).

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--- Quote from: Slowhatch on June 14, 2006, 11:18:05 PM ---
--- Quote ---Alternatively, take local trains from Beijing to the Mongolian border, cross by bus, and continue to Ulaanbaatar on local trains.
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Another article that suggests (last paragraph) that there's no straight-through train service.

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--- Quote from: Slowhatch on June 15, 2006, 12:34:20 AM ---The GE stuff is interesting. If you look at the northern suburbs you can see the difference between the ger-city and the Western/Soviet city. I tried using GE to find Terelj, but it's in the fuzzylands; generally, it's north of Nalayh and east of UB.

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--- Quote from: Slowhatch on June 15, 2006, 11:32:24 AM ---I agree with the others that the drive to the border (if the poster heard the account correctly) is a bit puzzling. Here's a newspaper story of the 33-hour train trip: the border delay occurs when they switch the undercarriage. And here's a webshot of a ticket for train 23. And I checked the Miat 2006 schedule for PEK-ULN: it's sparse, but there are flights available (none on Tuesday).

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--- Quote from: gingerman28 on June 15, 2006, 04:00:42 PM ---
Don't think that there is an actual pit stop in China; but most first two-hour eps have various tasks and lots of traveling.  So if we follow your schedule with teams leaving Seattle on May 28, then after they arrive in Beijing and clear customs at 11:30PM they may have to find cars/taxies and proceed to someplace between Beijing and Erlyan.  Perhaps the Great Wall. But the teams have to bed down for the night to wait for opening "hours of operation" let's say 8:30AM.  They do the task.  Clue tells them to drive/take taxi to Erlyan and find train station and book train to Ulan Bator.  Since train leaves at 10:30PM  this gives them plenty of time to walk the wall and  to do tasks, find clue and drive on to Erlyan.

Just some possibilities.  So the first elimination is at the pit stop in or around Ulan Bator (Terelj).

By the way, just in case anyone really cares, the name of the desert is just Gobi.  Gobi means desert in Mongolian, so it is redundant to say Gobi Desert.

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Now, it looks like there will be a first pitstop in China.  Only a 90 minute show instead of the usual two hour episode, so not that much time to introduce the 12 teams and  to travel and do the tasks we know about in China: Roadblock of the nasty eating variety (a first to have a roadblock in the first ep and to have the ugly eating deal so early); and tasks at the Forbidden City and on the Great Wall.

And we now know for sure that Lauren and her partner are not eliminated in the first leg! But that still leaves eleven others!

Chateau d If:
This is a Google Earth view of the Monastery that the teams were seen going to.  It's next to the Ex-Pat cafe that Slowhatch figured out.  (this shot was put up earlier so it's not new news).

And the ground view.

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