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Racing Report Leg #1
« on: November 06, 2007, 01:40:49 AM »
Racing Report
Amazing Race
Season 12, Episode 1
Title:  “Donkeys have souls too”, from Christina after watching team “animal Cruelty” at work.
Date:  July 8th.
Provided funds:  $419.00 from Nathan & Jennifer Insider Clips (or Web clips).

Just a few notes before I continue.

Note #1:  I want to give a huge shout out  :yourock:  to the members who did such a great job locating everything in this episode (Really almost every single thing).  I will try and give credit to the things I remember, but if I slight you I apologize upfront.  I am always amazed at how much work and time you put into everything from finding a specific side of a building to figuring relations to other locations, airplane schedule to every stinking city in the world, to local customs and animal husbandry.  Thanks from me, at many other readers and lurkers.

Okay enough sucking up to the people who actually do the work here. :lies:

Note #2:  Due to the fast paced nature of a one-hour episode, the show doesn’t give me as much footage as I would like.  So if list are incomplete, it is due to lack of footage (or incompetence, your choice).

Note #3:  This is a work in progress, I am going to go to bed, I will finish tomorrow and also post the new elimination thread for episode #2.

Phil in LA, the gateway to porn  :-[(thank god for LA), leading us to the starting point of this season the Playboy Mansion (Slowhatch & Kogs, and I wonder how they figured it out so quick….. :whips) where 11 teams, 11 legs (damn you CBS, damn you to HELL) will race around the world.  8 will be discarded like yesterday’s news.  The first one to cross the finish line will win 1 million dollars. 

Ready, Set…(where’s the eye brow Phil)….Go.

Teams rush to their packs and open the first clue, that directs them to Shannon (also known as Shannon Town) Ireland.

Teams must drive provided cars to LAX (You knew that Peach…)

And for the first time ever, it isn’t the first team to a car that is the first one out.  Cars are parked in a row on a one way.

Teams depart (after much honking….) in the following order.
1.  Nicolas & Donald (Grandson & Grandfather)
2.  Azaria  & Hendekea (Brother & Sister)
3.  Ari & Staella (Friends & Coworkers)
4.  Kynt & Vyxsin (Dating)
5.  TK & Rachel (Dating)
6.  Lorena & Jason (Dating)
7.  Marianna & Julia (Sisters)
8.  Nathan & Jennifer (Dating)
9.  Kate & Pat (Married Clergy)
10.  Ronald & Christina (Father & Daughter)
11.  Shana & Jennifer (Friends)

Nicolas & Donald, Ari & Staella, TK & Rachel, and Marianna & Julie all immediate get lost.

Azaria & Hendekea head in the correct direction to the 405, but also get lost.

This puts Lorena & Jason in the lead, followed by Nathan & Jennifer, Kate & Pat, Ronald & Christina, and Shana & Jennifer.

Teams arrive at the airport and park at Park and Fly in the following Order.
1.  Lorena & Jason
2.  Nathan & Jennifer
3.  Kate & Pat
4.  Shana & Jennifer
5.  Ronald & Christina
6.  Azaria & Hendekea
7.  Marianna & Julia
8.  Nicolas & Donald

Teams have two flight options (and of course, Apskip had the flights down before they finished filming this leg). :plane:

First Flight:
British Airways flight 278 departing LAX (per Apskip, and Airwise) 1535 arriving LHR (London Heathrow) 0945 (on the 9th), and connecting to EI 375 departing LHR 1050 arriving in SNN 1210.

Second Flight:
Aer Lingus (I hope) flight 0144 departing LAX 1630 arriving DUB (Dublin, Ireland) 1030 (on the 9th) and connecting with AI 0133 departing DUB 1145 arriving in DUB 1315.

Teams on the British Airlines Flight are:
1.  Lorena & James
2.  Shana & Jennifer
3.  Kate & Pat
4.  Nathan & Jennifer
5.  Marianna & Julia

Teams on Aer Lingus are:
6.  Azaria & Hendekea
7.  Nicolas & Donald
8.  TK & Rachel
9.  Ari & Staella
10.  Kynt & Vyxsin (stated on Mat Chat 10th at Airport to 2cd)
11.  Ronald & Christina

The British Airlines flight is delayed, causing the 2cd flight to arrive in Shannon first at 1242 on the 9th.

Teams get to cabs in the following order:
1.  Ari & Stella
2.  Azaria & Hendekea
3.  Ronald & Christina
4.  Kynt & Vyxsin
5.  Nicolas & Donald

The first flight arrives at 1249

TK & Rachel get revived when they realize they aren’t last.
6.  TK & Rachel
7.  Nathan & Jennifer

Teams must make their way to the Ferry in Rossaveal.  Where they will take the Aran Island Ferries to Inis Mor and find Teampall Bheanain, considered to be the world’s smallest church.  Once there they will sign up for one of three departure times.

Teams arrive at the Ferry Terminal in the following order:
1.  Azari & Hendekea at 1455 the Ferry departs at 1645
2.  Ronald & Christina
3.  Ari & Staella
4.  Kynt & Vyxsin
5.  TK & Rachel
6.  Nicolas & Donald
7.  Nathan & Jennifer
8.  Shana & Jennifer
9.  Lorena & Jason
10.  Marianna & Julia
11.  Kate & Pat

All teams make the ferry and travel to Inis Mor, where they get directions from locals, all but Nicolas & Donald, Marianna & Julia and Ronald & Christina are given accurate directions along the Coast Road.

On the jog to Tempall Bheanain, we get are first couple blowout of the season (Yeah….) between Nathan & Jennifer.

At the Church/Ruin, there are three times available.

800
Lorena & Jason
TK & Rachel
Kynt & Vyxsin

830
Ari & Staella
Nathan & Jennifer
Azaria & Hendekea

930
Shana & Jennifer
Kate & Pat
Marianna & Julia
Nicolas  & Donald
Ronald & Christina

The departure times are for the Ferry back to the main Land where they will find marked cars and get their next clue.

At this stage of the race, we get are first “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do” by Jennifer of Nathan & Jennifer.  And boy I can’t wait until India. :hides

We get are “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”, from Donald.

And

“We’re screwed” by Jennifer of Shana & Jennifer.  Have you ever watched the show?  You have plenty of chances to improve. :crybabe:

Teams stay the night at Pier House B & B.

July 10th.

The first Ferry departs at 800 and arrives at 855.Teams get to marked cars in the following order.

1.  Lorena & Jason
2.  TK & Rachel
3.  Kynt & Vyxsin

The 2cd Ferry arrives at 920
4.  Ari & Staella
5.  Azaria & Hendekea
6.  Nathan & Jennifer
The 3rd Ferry arrives at 1015
7.  Ronald & Christina
8.  Nicolas & Donald
9.  Kate & Pat
10.  Marianna & Julia
11.  Shana & Jennifer (Not Nathan & Jennifer….)

Teams must drive themselves 42 miles to Cleggan Farm.  Once there they will ride a tandem bicycle along a muddy trail to find their next clue.  This by the way is damn cool.  Look how much Rachel was swaying under TK.

Teams get to the bikes in the following order:
1.  TK & Rachel
2.  Kynt & Vyxsin
3.  Nathan & Jennifer
4.  Ari & Staella
5.  Azaria & Hendekea
6.  Lorena & Jason

Teams get to the route marker, and it is a roadblock.
Roadblock – High-Wire Bike
“Whose ready to pedal for their partner?”
In this roadblock the team member must choose 1 of 2 high-wire bicycles and ride it across this wide swept ravine, suspended nearly 200 ft over the Cleggen Bay while their partner is setting 8 ft below along for the ride.

Teams finish the roadblock in the following order (an * denotes who completed the roadblock)
1.  TK* & Rachel
2.  Nathan * & Jennifer
3.  Kynt & Vyxsin*
4.  Azaria* & Hendekea
5.  Ari & Staella*
6.  Lorena & Jason*
7.  Nicholas (* it’s a guess) & Donald
8.  Ronald* & Christina
9.  Marianna* & Julia
10.  Kate* & Pat
11.  Shana & Jennifer (I have no clue)

Teams must now choose a Donkey  :badhorse: from the hitching post and fill each one of its baskets with 15 pieces of peat.  They then must walk their donkey back to the entrance of the farm where they will receive their next clue.

Teams finish the “Donkey Walk” in the following order:
1.  TK & Rachel
2.  Azaria & Hendekea
3.  Kynt & Vyxsin
4.  Lorena & Jason
5.  Nicolas & Donald
6.  Shana & Jennifer
7.  Kate & Pat
8.  Ronald & Christina
9.  Marianna & Julia
10.  Nathan & Jennifer (who were out trying this for three hours according to Insider Clips)
11.  Team Animal Cruelty :badhorse: :furious: :badhorse:

I couldn't watch all of the Insider Clips (they kept skipping on me).  But if no one said, "My Donkey is broken" or "We got a bad Donkey", then I just quit.

Teams must now drive themselves 13 miles through the Irish Country side to find Connemara Heritage Centre, a tribute to Ireland’s Agricultural past, which is the first Pit Stop of the Race.

Teams check in to the Pit Stop and meet Billy in the following order:

1.  Azaria & Hendekea (who win a shopping spree to Ikea, I kid, a trip to Alberta, Canada.
2.  Kynt & Vyxsin
3.  TK & Rachel
4.  Lorena & Jason
5.  Nicolas & Donald
6.  Shana & Jennifer
7.  Ronald & Christina
8.  Kate & Pat
9.  Marianna & Julia
10.  Nathan & Jennifer
11.  Ari & Staella who are eliminated, turned over to PETA who water board them…..

Team Reports Tomorrow

With actually bitchy attitude from me about teams, and fun team names....

« Last Edit: November 06, 2007, 10:00:53 PM by mswood »


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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007, 01:55:08 AM »
Oh I just love this and thank you for all this hard work mswood! As always :yourock:  :jumpy: --and crack me up  :rotf:

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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007, 08:29:26 AM »
You rock, mswood!
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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007, 08:43:18 AM »
mswood, an excellent leg 1 report. I would like to suggest the mildest addition to your phrase "suspended nearly 200 ft over the North Atlantic". After "over" I would like you to insert the words "Cleggan Bay,". My geography reseearch indicates that the coastal area Cleggan Farm abuts is called Cleggan Bay.  

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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2007, 08:48:47 AM »
Thanks apskip, I will change that this afternoon.


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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2007, 09:05:55 AM »
Another fabulous job! :hearts:

Thanks so much for doing this for us--I always look forward to the summary, the humor, and the resource that this is every week!  :thankyou:

The CBS recap site does say that it was Jennifer who did the roadblock (of Shana/Jennifer).

And this Interview with Ari/Staella had some interesting facts: It was 2 miles of donkey walking, they weren't allowed to switch donkeys, and they were out there for 7 hours trying to get their donkey to go!  :o
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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2007, 10:00:13 AM »

And this Interview with Ari/Staella had some interesting facts: It was 2 miles of donkey walking, they weren't allowed to switch donkeys, and they were out there for 7 hours trying to get their donkey to go!  :o

that is one stubborn donkey !!!

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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2007, 11:12:51 AM »
Jen & Nathan say it took them 4 hours to do the donkey task in this interview fwiw---here

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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2007, 11:46:55 AM »
In the webclip when N&J reach the campsite, they mention it took 3 hours. So with time, their memory is beginning to stretch the time with the donkey. Next year, it'll be up to 6 hours.  ;D
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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2007, 12:06:39 PM »
I know one clip mentioned 3 hours.  But time given by racers is always very subjective.

I love that it took that long for Ari & Staella, though. (:;)


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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2007, 10:00:09 PM »
Team Reports.

1.  Azaria & Hendekea:  When you start out with the were smarter then everyone else, I tend to hate you (even if its accurate).  But you were nice to other teams, you did use your brains in ordering a cab for yourself, and checking out maps in advance.  You did well navigating (outside of LA), and more importantly remembering landmarks and areas you had been earlier.  A very good leg, with only some minor problems.

2.  Kynt & Vyxsin:  I admit, you surprised me.  You did well on the running.  You were good at keeping your spirits up when the Bike was broken (though at the time you did have an hour and a half lead, so that does help for stress).  You also were wise to quickly lighten your packs.  Another good leg.

3.  TK & Rachel:  Damn TK, just calm down and relax, dude.  I love this teams energy and attitude.  A nice team so far, very friendly and open.  We need teams like these to last and not be first out.  (imagine season 6 if Kris & Jon were out early, yikes).  Good performance, for the most part.  And a nice job catching your error and following the others to the Pit Stop.

4.  Lorena & Jason:  At first look I saw Hayden & Aaron, from season 6.  A team with a female partner that was cool when things were going good, but who would loose it quick.  But while that does appear true.  Jason seems far less caring then Aaron.  The team does well, but suffers greatly when they make one of the most common mistakes.  Not listening to the navigator.  Its one thing if your partner isn't going to drive or navigate to following your gut.  But it appears that Lorena was navigating and they lost a considerable amount of time, by not listening to her.  At worst, when that happens immediately pull over and confirm with a local.  And while Jason was absolutely wrong for not listening, damn Lorena, that shrill would make me not listen too.   Question, which came first, the boyfriend who doesn't listen, or the girlfriends Shrill?  You lost over half an hour.  Probably 40 minutes and in the second half of the leg, that isn't good.  You did really well for the rest of the leg, though.

5.  Nicolas & Donald:  Now I love teams that aren't common and this is the first Grandparent, grandchild team, and they did fine, nothing great, but nothing awful either.  Their biggest mistakes were following in LA and following inaccurate directions from a local.  And I can't really fault that.  But I really don't have any feel for this team yet.
 
6.  Shana & Jennifer:  The blonde's, the pornstars, the Farrah's.  Sorry, while you ended in OK position for the first leg, for the most part you were in the tail end.  It was only being able to do the Donkey Walk that let you pass several other racers.  You are more Megan & Heidi then Dustin & Kandice.

7.  Ronald & Christina:  Boy, two flats at one time.  Ronald needs to learn to drive.  And while they worked well with each other (and other teams) they also seem to have an undercurrent of lack of trust( or a fear of not living up to the other).  But unlike some, I hope they can work through that.  Its nice to see a father daughter team (Where's Wally).

8.  Kate & Pat:  Its about time we have a team of Lesbians.  But this is another team that I think is soon to depart.  And while they said they weren't wimps for Jesus they had an opportunity to not help a team (Ronald & Christina) and choose to help.  This isn't the type of attitude that helps you win legs usually, especially with you being in the back of the pack for almost the whole leg.  I think leg three is all they wrote.

9.  Marianna & Julia:  Damn its nice to see some dark haired ladies on the race, but really they performed across the board (minus getting to the airport) poorly.  They were slow going from points A to B.  They appear to have had a hard time with the donkey as well.  Without being exposed to much of the real spoilers of the race (concerning who makes it where as opposed to where teams are going, I honestly think they will be out next leg.

10.  Nathan & Jennifer:  The typical fighting couple.  With both moments of tenderness and shouting and name calling at each other.  They also did strong for the navigation, they performed the roadblock quite quickly, but they had problems with longer distance running and their lack of patience with each other probably hurt their ability to maneuver the donkey.  But this type of team usually does well.  They should be here for a while.

11.  Ari & Staella:  Jesus what asses.  They actually for the most part ran an good leg.  But their inability to handle the donkey, killed them.  Whether they tried cool and calm (which is possible), I don't know.   But by far, their behavior was inappropriate and I don’t see how they thought it would help get the task completed.  Handlers telling them they are stressed (the Donkey) and not comprehending that their behavior and language was what was causing them to be stressed is just shocking.  If they really were there for 7 hours, then that Donkey needs the vacation to Portugal more then they do.


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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2007, 11:10:28 PM »
Great recap of the teams, mswood. Very accurate. I love it.
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Re: Racing Report Leg #1
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2007, 08:31:46 PM »
yep thanks MSWood - I'm with you on your evaluation of the teams   :jam:


 

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