November 30 2005

Amazing Race 8, Episode 10

Ok, Amazing Race:Family Edition is finally annoying me. Just had to get that out of the way.

The Linz family left the pit stop at 12:34 am and drove to Park City High School for their first clue. They were instructed teams would be departing in 10 minute intervals starting at 6:00 AM to go inflate a hot air balloon and fly over the Utah mountains. This basically meant the Weavers got caught up with the other teams. Oh the joy. Mama Weaver also took this time to confront the Linzs about their use of the Yield on the last leg. Honey…it’s a game…GET OVER IT!

All the teams took off in their balloons and the Linzs and Bransens had a brush in mid-air that was rather amusing. After the teams landed, they received their clues that instructed them to drive 14 miles to Heber City and find Heber Valley Railway. Oddly, the Railway was the detour which means….hello explanation:

“In this Detour, Teams had to choose between Spike It and Steam It. In Spike It, Teams used old-time materials and tools to complete a 20-foot section of railway track. The task required precision work, but Teams with an eye for detail could finish quickly. In Steam It, Teams used buckets to fill the tender of an old-time steam locomotive with 400 pounds of coal. The task didn’t require any precision, but running hundreds of pounds of coal back and forth could take a long time.”

Wow…tough call which one I would have picked, but I think I would have gone with Spike It. The Weavers took Steam it while everyone else went with Spike It. The Godlewskis fought and hit each other in the heads with the mallets which was….odd. Wasn’t intentional, but still. I won’t go into the gory details, but these sisters are NOT going to be close after this race, that’s for sure. Their bickering allowed the Weavers to move in to third and the Godlewskis fell into fourth.

The next clue told them to drive 148 miles to the Bonneville Salt Flats and find the 87-foot sculpture known as the Tree of Utah. Supposedly this….sculpture…was built to bring color and beauty to the Flats. Um…yeah…big and ugly comes to mind. Now, here is the biggest missed oppurtunity of the race in my opinion…all they did was get a clue. The Salt Flats are famous for where land speed records are broken. How about you actually have them drive on the flats…you know…what they’re famous for? Anyway, this clue directed them to drive 400 miles to Garden City and find Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach where they would be camping for the night. The order that they arrived would determine their departure the following morning. Beginning at 8:30 am, departure times would be 15 minutes apart.

The next morning the Bransens departed at 8:30 am, and followed their clue which told them to drive 137 miles to Big Piney, WY and find the Dunham Ranch near the headwaters of the Green River. Once the teams arrived they discovered this was the Roadblock for this leg of the race. Two team members had to ride horses and take six cattle from a holding pen and herd them downrange a quarter mile into a corral. As the teams raced through the roadblock, the Weavers were leaving as the Linzs were pulling in. There was a stand-off as to who should go first and finally the Linzs relented, letting the Weavers out. You would think that would be enough, but no, Linda Weaver had to lecture the Linzs. Can that woman not let anything be? I guess not.

Once done at the roadblock, the teams got a clue telling them to next clue that instructed them to drive 190 miles to Yellowstone National Park and find Old Faithful, which erupts approximately every 90 minutes. Once they watched an eruption, they would earn their next clue. As I suspected would happen, two teams saw an eruption and the other two barely missed it and had to wait 90 minutes for the next. The first two teams were the Bransens and Weavers with the Linzs and Godlewskis barely missing and having to wait.

Once done with Old Faithful, the teams got a clue telling them to drive on Highway 287 and find the ranch at 15200 where Phil would be waiting. The Bransesns and Weavers arrived and made it a foot race for first to discover….this leg was not yet over! ARGH! Two weeks without an elimination is insane! I am going to be glad when this race is over sadly.

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