The teams left Italy and traveled to the oldest state in Germany, Bavaria. At their new destination, teams search for a Travelocity Gnome (*Cough* product placement) that contains their next clue. Art and JJ were the first team to find the clue that lead to the next Detour.
This detour had two options; build a gingerbread house or style a champion beard. Most teams choose to style a man’s long, crusty-old beard with moose, rolling pins and strong stomach. I personally would have chosen to walk a trail, collect gingerbread, and then build the gingerbread house at the witch’s ground. But NOOO… most girls and team Jersey thought it was easier to style the hair. I’m guessing lots of years of practice lead to their decision. It did pay off because every team that chose to style beard hair finished quickly.
After completion, teams sought to Neuschwanstein castle which contain the team’s clues. Fun fact: This castle is the inspiration to Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Across from the Neuschwanstein castle is another castle that many teams rerouted to by accident. This caused major time setbacks and the order of the racers were shuffled then reshuffled.
Both castles are on top of a long hike of a hill. Art and JJ decided best to take a carriage ride to the top. However, most teams decided to run and exert their energy. Vanessa and Ralph, well let’s just say Ralph wanted to run up the hill. Unfortunately, Vanessa wanted to take the carriage. They decided to run up the hill which did not make Vanessa a happy camper. If you look closely in the background of the footage, you can see that the teams are not jogging faster than the carriage rides. Therefore, it was a waste to “out-run” a carriage when the carriage will save you energy #FatKidSolutions.
The next clue leads everyone to a roadblock inside an ice rink. This task is the Amazing Race version of curling with the Travelocity gnomes. One person from each team has to slide a gnome to land in the middle. Once the gnome settles in the center, the team can advance to the pit stop. Art and JJ dominated this roadblock and came in first for the third time this race. Stacy and Kerri had difficulty with the roadblock then navigating to the pit stop. Precious minutes caused them to be the 4th team eliminated on this season of the Amazing Race.
Art and JJ
Joey and Danny
Vanessa and Ralph
Rachel and Dave
Brendon and Rachel
Mark and Bopper
Nary and Jaime
Kerri and Stacy
Oh, and Brendon’s slip on his butt at the pit stop was this week’s “must rewind on Tivo” moment.
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