But what about the Hoopties? That means the racers went in-country.
Right. I'm saying there could be a Paraguay leg AND a Germany leg. They are not mutually exclusive.
The production team that worked the Argentina leg(s) would go ahead to Germany to set up there. This could be why someone in Bariloche caught wind of the race going there next.
However, since production teams rotate, there could have been staff waiting in Paraguay to film a leg there.
Something like this:
EP01: LA to Valpo, Chile (PRODUCTION TEAM A works leg)
EP02: Valpo, Chile to Puerto Montt, Chile (PRODUCTION TEAM A works leg)
EP03: Puerto Montt, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina (PRODUCTION TEAM B works leg, then flies to Germany to set up)
EP04: Bariloche, Argentina to UNKNOWN (PRODUCTION TEAM A works leg)
EP05: UNKNOWN to Asuncion, Paraguay (PRODUCTION TEAM A works leg)
EP06: Asuncion, Paraguay to Frankfurt, Germany (PRODUCTION TEAM B works leg)
See what I mean, Chateau?
BTW, the route above is still spec -- we don't have hard evidence for either Paraguay or Germany.
I was thinking our rour may look like this, with Germany comming a leg earlier if they do go there.
Leg 1: Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile
Leg 2: Valparaiso, Chile to Puerto Varas, Chile
Leg 3: Puerto Varas, Chile to Bariloche, Argentina
Leg 4: Bariloche, Argentina to Asuncion, Paraguay
Leg 5: Asuncion, Paraguay to Frankfurt, Germany
Leg 6: Frankfurt, Germany to Djibouti, Djibouti
Leg 7: Djibouti, Djibouti
Leg 8: Djibouti, Djibouti to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Leg 9: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Penang, Malaysia
Leg 10: Penang, Malaysia to Sentosa, Singapore
Leg 11: Sentosa, Singapore to Shanghai, China
Leg 12: Shanghai, China to San Francisco, California