Racing Report Leg #6
Under normal conditions I keep the structure of events all together, but with the large time gaps between 4 different sets of teams I have tried to list the episode in order.
Date: December 2 (I believe but easily could be in error).
Teams leave the Pit Stop, Fortalleza in Maputo in the order they arrived.
1. Charla & Mirna 9:07pm
2. Dustin & Kandice 9:47 pm
3. Teri & Ian 10:13pm
4. Oswald & Danny 10:18pm
5. Joe & Bill 10:32pm
6. Eric & Danielle 10:33pm
7. Uchenna & Joyce 10:36pm and are marked for elimination.
Teams are provided $124.00 per 4 different teams.
Teams must travel to the Maputo International Airport (and go through HELL!) to fly nearly 1400 miles (some will be considerable more Evil Laughter) to Dar Es Salaam the largest city in the African Nation of Tanzania.
When they eventually land (More Evil Laughter), they will travel by taxi to the Ferry Terminal (A name was smoke by three teams and every spelling I used got nothing from google so to bad you No name terminal) and pull a number for 1 or 4 traditional sailing craft called Dhow’s and sail to the Island of Zanzibar (That would be so cool). Where they will search for a Kiosk with their next clue (perhaps it wouldn’t surprise me if we are missing some route markers due to the large amount of screen time given over to Airport Shuffle). When traveling to the airport teams must still do all the navigators and direct their drivers.
Due to a religious Holiday (as opposed to a Airline Strike, which has happened in two other seasons) almost all travel out of Maputo to Dar Es Salaam is full.
All teams arrive at the airport either late the 1st or very early the 2cd.
Thanks in advance to Apskip and Chateau d If (even if not all times match up they give us a good idea of flight structure).
Charla & Mirna take a flight from Maputo to Johannesburg.
I believe its TM301 leaves at 7:00am arrives at 8:00am all on the 2cd.
All other teams travel from Maputo to Johannesburg on I believe SA0143 Leaving Maputo at 11:45 am arriving at Johannesburg 12:53 (actual time).
With all teams having standby tickets on Air Tanzania TC7909 which would depart at 1:15pm and arrive in Dar Es Salaam at 6:30pm.
Oswald & Danny, Uchenna & Joyce, Dustin & Kandice and Eric & Danielle are all given tickets and board the flight.
After boarding, Eric & Danielle are forced to disembark from the plane as they have accidentally been given someone else’s seats.
Eric & Danielle, Joe & Bill, and Teri & Ian are left with the next earliest flight leaving from Johannesburg being a 9:45am flight on the 3rd.
Charla & Mirna (on a flight I can’t find, so either its late or early or the producers give us the wrong time stamp) in Dar Es Salaam at 2:52pm on the Dec 2cd.
They make their way to the Ferry Terminal where they are told due to weather that the first boat will be departing at 5:30am the next morning.
The next group arrive at Dar Es Salaam at 6:50pm (the sun is setting or has just set) in the following order:
1. Dustin & Kandice
2. Oswald & Danny
3. Uchenna & Joyce
They make their way to the Ferry Terminal at arrive in the following order.
1. Oswald & Danny (1st Ferry at 5:30am)
2. Dustin & Kandice (2cd Ferry at 8:30am)
3. Uchenna & Joyce (2cd Ferry at 8:30am).
Each Ferry will only transport two teams.
It is now the morning of the 3rd of December (God I hope).
And the first Ferry with Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny departs just as the sun is beginning to rise.
The Ferry takes a considerable time, and it is variable due to winds and tides. The times we are told are the 2cd Ferry took 9 hours, the 4th Ferry took 6 hours. How accurate these numbers are will not be able to check until we have check in times.
The 2cd Ferry departs with Dustin & Kandice and Uchenna & Joyce at 8:30am.
At this point Uchenna & Joyce are probably not to worry about the 30-minute penalty, since at best the next group would be 3 hours behind.
Back in Hell, or the Johannesburg International Airport, the SAA 9:55 flight to Dar Es Salaam can only hold one team.
Eric & Danielle get that flight and are scheduled to arrive at 12:55pm.
Joe & Bill and Teri & Ian are forced to take a flight from Johannesburg to Blantyre Malawi.
QM0202 that departs at 12:00 and arrives at 2:10pm.
Then from Blantyre to Dar Es Salaam
QM6202 departs 3:00pm and arrives at 5:30pm (which does match roughly the sun setting).
Charla & Mirna and Oswald & Danny arrive in Zanzibar and locate the Kiosk, where they get a Detour.
DETOUR: Solve It or Schlep It.
In Solve it teams walk ½ a mile to the hotel Baytal Chai. Then they must put together a 62 piece puzzle that recreates an image from a style of local art called Tingatinga (can also be spelled as two words Tinga Tinga). Once teams have successfully completed the puzzle they will receive their next clue.
In Schlep it teams make their way 1 mile to Kijangwani Lumber Yard. Once there, they must choose one of the local handcarts and load two 50lbs logs into the cart. These uniquely shaped logs are used in the construction of the Dhow boats. Teams must use the carts to transport their logs over a mile to a shipyard (Maruhubi Palace Ruin, thanks to JamesyWamsey
) to receive their next clue.
All teams except for Dustin & Kandice choose the Solve it.
Charla & Mirna arrive first at the Hotel, but Oswald & Danny complete the Puzzle first. And receive their next clue.
Teams must now ravel more then 15 miles by taxi to the tiny village of Kikungwi, home to members of the Maasai tribe on the Island of Zanzibar, where they must search for their next clue.
Oswald & Danny get out first, but stop to purchase some fruit, since they are very dehydrated from the long boat ride in the sun.
Charla & Mirna get tot eh village first and find the route marker.
Roadblock: Who’s On Target.
Eric & Danielle arrive in Dar Es Salaam and make their way to the Ferry Terminal where they learn the next boat will depart at 5:00pm
In this roadblock one team member must learn how to hunt with a traditional wooden weapon used by members of the Maasai Tribe (it looks really fun actually) called a Rungu. The team member must throw the Rungu 65 feet and break a clay target, which contains their next clue.
Team member who completes the Roadblock.
Mirna – 3rd roadblock
Danny – 2cd roadblock
Uchenna – 3rd roadblock
Dustin – 3rd roadblock
Danielle – 2nd roadblock
Joe – 3rd roadblock
Ian – 3rd roadblock
Oswald & Danny arrive while Mirna & Charla are there. Mirna finishes first and they receive their next clue.
Teams travel 15 miles by cabs through Zanzibar’s lush landscape into Stone Town where they must find the Old Fort (the oldest structure in Stone Town also known as Arab Fort or Ngome Kongwe which was built by Omani Arabs to defend against the Portuguese) built in 1560 and now serves as part of the Cultural Center. This landmark is the Pit Stop for this leg of the race.
1. Charla & Mirna and each win a 12-½ ft. Catamaran (which I can’t believe I spelled correctly).
2. Oswald & Danny
Now we return to the rest of this hodgepodge of an episode.
By this time the 2cd dhow arrives in Zanzibar, where Dustin & Kandice and Uchenna & Joyce locate the Kiosk.
Eric & Danielle leave on the 5:00pm dhow.
Dustin & Kandice choose the Schlep it Detour, while Uchenna & Joyce choose Solve it.
With this being the only team to try the Schlep it, we can assume that since They don’t catch up to Uchenna & Joyce at either the roadblock or while they wait out their 30-minute penalty that it was the more time consuming choice.
Sometime around this time Joe & Bill and Teri & Ian arrive in Dar Es Salaam and make their way the Ferry Terminal. The sun is setting or has set by the time the arrive. Their boat will depart at 8:00pm
Uchenna & Joyce finish the detour and head to the Roadblock, where Uchenna performs it.
Dustin & Kandice finish the detour and head for the roadblock.
Uchenna & Joyce finish the roadblock and head the Pit Stop.
Dustin & Kandice arrive at the Roadblock where Dustin performs it.
Uchenna & Joyce arrive at the Pit Stop and wait out 30-minutes before being check in official as team #
3. Uchenna & Joyce
4. Dustin & Kandice
Sometime late in the night Eric & Danielle arrive in Zanzibar and complete all tasks.
I believe due to Phil’s interview that this is the team that arrived near 3am as team #
5. Eric & Danielle (Eric believes that they are at least 12-14 hours behind the other teams) And I would guess it’s between 12 for the first group and 9 for the 2cd.
Sometime after this Joe & Bill and then Teri & Ian find the Kiosk where Teri & Ian choose Solve it. Joe and Bill make the smart move to do the same tasks.
The arrive at the Hotel, where Joe & Bill complete the task first and head to the Roadblock.
The maintain a lead through the roadblock and have left before Teri & Ian arrive.
They are checked in as team #
6. Joe & Bill
7. Teri & Ian (Ian says about 3 minutes behind) and are eliminated.