Luxury, I have some time to go to a local boxing class with a 210 pound trainer. My driver has arranged for me to get a good old fashioned boxing workout. Paying for some pain. Of course, I’ll need to avoid any black eyes, but I know it’ll recharge me.
This part of Australia is so extreme. We really are getting noticed here. We are trying to keep it a secret, but I don’t think that if people find out we were here and hear what we’ve done that they will be any less likely to watch. That said, it is nice to keep the challenges a surprise for viewers. With the internet that kind of information can be global in seconds…more hype and exposure for the show I guess.
Ah, some relief from the heat. When it rains here it is awesome. All of a sudden the temperature plummets, the sky blackens, there’s spectacular lightning, thunder and then this wonderful smell when the rain covers the bush. Let it rain!
My crew is suffering a bit today, our soundman with his back and the camera operator has picked up some food poisoning. I joked with him that we can now keep accurate time because he is throwing up on the hour. Man, it’s tough being sick when you still have to work. Both of them are pushing through. Especially hard at this stage of the Race when we are all tired. Leg 11 is like hitting the wall on a marathon. You can see the end, but it’s still a long way to go.
BJ got some help from the other teams, some pants from Yolanda and flip flops from Eric & Jeremy. Just as well as BJ would have had trouble getting through the airport. These guys are so relaxed and had no trouble getting some money from the locals. At one point BJ exposed his chest, but everyone is OK. They missed the first flight, but managed to find another option. Long night ahead.
The monkeys at the Roadblock were unbelievable. They have no fear whatsoever. When we got there they had just finished a feed and it looked like the aftermath of a serious food fight…think Animal House. We had to clean up to get our shot…can’t wait for the teams to experience this one.
The Fast Forward was tough. Talk about a mouthful. BJ & Tyler getting through that one is a little like the Caviar in Russia, season five. I really thought it was going to get the better of Tyler, but I got to give it to them--they went all out. One of them said, “What are we eating this for?” The other said, “A million dollars, a million dollars.” From first to last, they sure picked the right time to use their Fast Forward. I think Ray & Yolanda just realized BJ & Tyler were crazy enough to go through with it.
Waiting for the rest of the teams to come into The Marble Temple. It is truly mind blowing. I found out that the Buddhas here were collected from all over Thailand. The big one closest to the mat is over 2,000 years old. The white marble came from Italy about 200 years ago. The attention to detail is staggering.
Found out that Monica is really having a tough day. They were the only team to pick the ‘Move It’ Detour. It is very physical. Monica chose to carry the board, loaded with pots, the same way she carried the fish in the ‘Big Fish’ Detour in Sicily. That kind of weight on the biceps is just not practical, no matter how strong you are. That’s what the shoulders are for. Those on location said Joseph was very understanding when Monica got upset. In the end nothing could help MoJo stay in it and I had to eliminate them. Now Yolanda is the only woman left in the Race. http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race9/shows/ep11/phil/blog/