The Amazing Race 6
|The Amazing Race 6|
|Season run||November 16, 2004
– February 8, 2005
|Filming dates||August 13, 2004
– September 12, 2004
|No. of episodes||12 (13 including recap)|
|Winning team||Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley|
|Distance traveled||40,000 miles (64,000 km)|
|No. of legs||12|
|Season 5 ◄ Chronology ► Season 7|
Engaged couple Freddy Holliday & Kendra Bentley were the winners of this Race.
A DVD for this season was released on April 24, 2012, via Amazon.com's CreateSpace program.
- 1 Production
- 2 Results
- 3 Episode title quotes
- 4 Prizes
- 5 Race summary
- 5.1 Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
- 5.2 Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
- 5.3 Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
- 5.4 Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
- 5.5 Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
- 5.6 Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
- 5.7 Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
- 5.8 Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
- 5.9 Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
- 5.10 Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
- 5.11 Leg 11 (China)
- 5.12 Leg 12 (China → United States)
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Development and filming
In May 2004, CBS ordered the sixth installment of the show, despite the fact that The Amazing Race 5 had not yet aired. The early renewal was likely due to the success of the changes made in Season 5. CBS also delayed the airing of Season 6 until late in the fall and moved it out of its proposed Saturday timeslot, to create a "cool down" period between races, in the hopes that this would help continue the newfound ratings success.
The Amazing Race 6 spanned a total of 40,000 miles (64,000 km) over four continents in 10 countries in 30 days. Filming began on August 13, 2004 and finished on September 12, 2004. The race made its first trip to seven countries: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Senegal.
This marked the first season in which team members were forced to complete an equal number of Roadblock tasks. No team member was permitted to complete more than six Roadblocks on the entire race. Throughout the season, Phil Keoghan verbally stated this rule when introducing each leg's Roadblock. While the rule has remained in all subsequent seasons (except the Family Edition), Keoghan eventually stopped reciting it in each episode.
This season featured many Olympic themed challenges such as water polo, track and field, swimming, and archery. The race also visited past Olympic cities including Oslo, Stockholm, and Berlin. This was likely a result of the 2004 Summer Olympics taking place in Athens, Greece while the race was being filmed.
A task in Leg 2 of the race marked the first time teams were required to work with each other. The ten teams had to split themselves into two groups of five, each of which had to row a Viking boat across a fjord to a marked dock with a clue box.
During Leg 5, one of the show's most controversial moments occurred at the Pit Stop when Jonathan, angry at his wife Victoria for picking up his bag during a footrace to the mat, shoved her. He was modestly rebuked by Phil Keoghan at the mat. They later appeared on a Dr. Phil special to try to improve their marriage. Later, in a celebrity version of the show Fear Factor, Victoria attacked contestant Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton (of Survivor: Pearl Islands), and Jonathan attacked the host Joe Rogan. These incidents resulted in their expulsion from the show.
Leg 6 was originally planned as two separate legs with the first leg being a non-elimination point (with the losing team being stripped of their money), but combined into one after producers realized that begging was prohibited in Hungary.
This season featured a visit to Sri Lanka, where filming occurred just a few weeks before the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The episodes aired after the earthquake had devastated the nation and all of the sights and locations the teams had visited. A special message was inserted at the beginning of the episodes featuring Sri Lanka, dedicating them to the victims and to those helping the recovery.
Post-game interviews suggested that Kris & Jon were less than a minute behind winners Freddy and Kendra before a train held them up at a railway crossing. At thefishbowl.com, Bolo suggested that Kris & Jon were only 30–40 seconds behind Freddy & Kendra to the finish. At RealityReel, Kristy said that "Right after Freddy & Kendra started running, literally within 30 seconds or a minute later the train came, and Kris & Jon arrived. Otherwise it would have come down to a neck to neck race." This would be the Race's second closest finish ever, after Season 2.
The Amazing Race 15 revisited the infamous hay bales Roadblock of Leg 3 in The Amazing Race Switchback.
Applications for The Amazing Race 6 were due on April 13, 2004. Semi-finalist interviews were held sometime in May 2004 and final casting interviews were selected at Los Angeles in June 2004.
This season's cast included married professional wrestlers, dating actors, Jewish high school buddies, engaged models, and a team of married entrepreneurs. Subsequent to the race:
- Freddy & Kendra got married on May 27, 2005 and had two boys named Jaxson and Brycen
- Hayden & Aaron got married on April 21, 2007; Kristy was a bridesmaid, and Kris and Jon were present among the guests; on December 7, 2008, Hayden & Aaron had a daughter named Kaiya Rachel, who was born with a birth defect that showed improvement as of February 2009
- Jonathan & Victoria had a daughter, Trease, who was born in October 2006; they ended up divorcing in 2010
- Victoria had a cameo appearance on Whose Line is it Anyway?
- Rebecca Cardon was in the reality show Kill Reality, had a part in an ultra-low-budget short named Nice Pants, appeared on the Bravo reality series Work Out
Don & Mary Jean were chosen for the race after an open casting call in San Diego. Early Show hosts Harry Smith and Dave Price ran the first leg of the race (United States-Iceland) with the actual teams, as part of a special segment on their morning show.
This is one of the three seasons was not represented in The Amazing Race: All-Stars.
The following teams participated in the Race, each listed along with their placements in each leg and relationships as identified by the program. Note that this table is not necessarily reflective of all content broadcast on television, owing to the inclusion or exclusion of some data. Placements are listed in finishing order:
|Team||Relationship||Position (by leg)||Roadblocks Performed|
|Freddy & Kendra||Engaged Models||4th||7th1||6th||5th||1st||1st||6th||2nd||4th<||3rd||2nd>||2nd||1st||Freddy 6, Kendra 6|
|Kris & Jon||Dating Long Distance||2nd||1st||2nd||1st||4th||5th||2nd||4th||3rd||1st||3rd||1st||2nd||Kris 6, Jon 6|
|Adam & Rebecca||Formerly Dating||7th||6th||5th||6th||6th||6th||5th||1stƒ||5th>||4th||4th<||3rd||3rd||Adam 6, Rebecca 5|
|Hayden & Aaron||Dating Actors||1st||4th||1st||4th||3rd||4th||4th||6th||1st||2nd||1st||4th5||Hayden 55, Aaron 6|
|Lori & Bolo||Married Pro Wrestlers||6th||5th||7th||3rd||7th||7th||1stƒ||3rd||2nd||5th||Lori 5, Bolo 3|
|Jonathan & Victoria||Married Entrepreneurs||5th||2nd||4th||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||5th||6th||Jonathan 4, Victoria 4|
|Gus & Hera||Father/Daughter||10th||3rd||3rd||7th||5th||2nd||7th||Gus 3, Hera 3|
|Don & Mary Jean||Grandparents||9th||8th2||8th||8th||8th||Don 2, Mary Jean 2|
|Lena & Kristy||Sisters||3rd||9th||9th3||Lena 13, Kristy 1|
|Meredith & Maria||Best Friends||8th||10th||Meredith 0, Maria 1|
|Avi & Joe||High School Buddies||11th||Avi 0, Joe 0|
- A red team placement indicates that the team was eliminated.
- An underlined blue team placement indicates that the team was the last to arrive at a pit stop in a non-elimination leg of the race. The teams were forced to relinquish all of their money. In addition, they were not allotted money for the next leg and were not allowed to collect money until the next leg started for them.
- A green ƒ indicates that the team won a Fast Forward clue.
- A yellow > indicates that the team chose to use the Yield; < indicates the team who received it. A <> around a leg number indicates there was a Yield available but not used.
- Italicized results indicate the position of the team at the midpoint of a two-episode leg.
- ^ Freddy & Kendra initially arrived 6th, but they were issued a 30-minute penalty for taking an extra clue after the Viking ship task, stated to take only one clue from the cluebox per each team. Adam & Rebecca and Don & Mary Jean checked in during their penalty time, dropping them to 8th. But due to Don & Mary Jean's retroactive penalty (see Note 2), they moved up to 7th place.
- ^ Don & Mary Jean had arrived in 7th place in Leg 2, but they mistakenly drove the car that belonged to Adam & Rebecca. They left in 8th place at the beginning of Leg 3 after they were issued a 30-minute penalty, while Freddy & Kendra now departed in 7th place. The departure position is reflected in the Results table.
- ^ Lena & Kristy failed to complete the Roadblock in Leg 3. After more than 2 hours passed since the last team checked in at the mat and over 10 hours of searching, Phil came out to the Roadblock location and eliminated them.
- ^ Leg 6 was double-length, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the Net Klub Internet Kafé, the leg's halfway point. The leg's Fast Forward was offered after the halfway mark, and thus permitted Lori & Bolo to skip only the second set of challenges.
- ^ Hayden & Aaron initially arrived 3rd, just ahead of Adam & Rebecca, but were issued a 4-hour penalty for quitting the Roadblock. Both Rebecca and Hayden almost had to quit the Roadblock because the last gondola down the mountain was about to leave; however, at the time Rebecca opened her lock and successfully completed the Roadblock, they checked in during the penalty time, thereby dropping Hayden & Aaron to last place; which resulted in their elimination. At the Pit Stop, however, Aaron proposed to Hayden, who accepted.
Episode title quotes
Episode titles are often taken from quotes made by the racers.
- "The Game's Afoot" – Gus
- "I'm Not His Wife, He Doesn't Need to Scream At Me" – Meredith
- "Counting Bears Is Not Rocket Science" – Don
- "What If It Isn't Sanitary" – Kendra
- "Quit Following Us" – Jonathan
- "They Should Probably Have Some Counseling" – Kris
- "Phil Is A Choo-Choo Charlie" (recap) – Kristy
- "One of You, I'm Gonna Break in Half" – Freddy
- "Tell My Mom I Love Her" – Adam
- "Are There Instructions on Donkey Handling?" – Rebecca
- "It Always Comes Down to Details" – Kris
- "You Deal With This Before I Hyperventilate" – Hayden
- "4 Continents, 24 Cities, 40,000 Miles" – Phil Keoghan
Individual prizes were awarded to the first team to complete each leg.
- Leg 1 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 2 - A seven-night cruise in Alaska, courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 3 - A seven night cruise vacation to the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 4 - A seven-night cruise vacation to the Western Caribbean provided by Royal Caribbean International.
- Leg 5 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 6 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines website, AA.com.
- Leg 7 - A vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 8 - A vacation to Mexico, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 9 - A vacation to Europe, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 10 - A vacation to Hawaii, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 11 - A vacation to the Caribbean, compliments of American Airlines' website, AA.com.
- Leg 12 - $1,000,000
|Destinations||Air travel Rail travel Water travel Bus travel|
|Route Markers||Detour Roadblock Fast Forward Yield Pit Stop|
Leg 1 (United States → Iceland)
Airdate: November 16, 2004
- Chicago, Illinois, United States (Buckingham Fountain) (Starting Line)
- Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) to Reykjavík, Iceland (Keflavík International Airport)
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Vatnajökull (Overnight rest)
- Jökulsárlón (Glacier Ice Beach)
- Grindavík (Blue Lagoon)
The sixth season of The Amazing Race started at Buckingham Fountain, where they were instructed to take the train to O'Hare International Airport, and then fly to Reykjavik, Iceland. There were three flights available to the teams, arriving 5 minutes within each other, but due to bad weather, the arrival times changed. Once in Iceland, they found their car and next clue, which directed them to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Behind the waterfall was their next clue, which told the teams to drive to the Vatnajökull glacier base, where teams had to sign up for a shuttle bus 10 miles (16 km) to the Glacier's Edge for their next clue, each shuttle taking up to 3 teams. Upon arriving at Glacier's Edge, teams chose a marked snowmobile and drove two and a half miles across the glacier to a camp. Once there, teams had to choose a tent for shuttle departure times for the next morning.
The next morning, teams took shuttle buses back down the glacier according to their departure times and received their next clue. It instructed teams to drive to the Glacier Ice Beach in Jökulsárlón. Their next clue revealed their first Detour of this season: Ice Climb or Ice Search. In Ice Climb, teams traveled 35 miles (56 km) to a bay and used special gear to trek across the glacier and climb the face of a steep ice wall. In Ice Search, teams had travel to a short distance and find a glacial lagoon, then choose a boat and a driver and search the 7 miles (11 km) lagoon among thousands of icebergs for a buoy containing their next clue. The clue from the Detour instructed teams to drive to the next Pit Stop, the Blue Lagoon in Grindavík.
Leg 2 (Iceland → Norway)
Airdate: November 23, 2004
- Reykjavík (Keflavík International Airport) to Oslo, Norway (Oslo Airport, Gardermoen)
- Holmenkollen, Oslo (Holmenkollen ski jump)
- Brandbu (Viking Village) (Overnight Rest)
- Hønefoss (Train Station) to Voss (Train Station)
- Voss (Bridge)
- Voss (Nesheimstunet Farm)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to fly to Oslo, the capital city of Norway. Once they arrived, they drove to the Holmenkollen ski jump, and received their Roadblock clue: "Who's ready to perform an Olympian feat?" One team member had to climb to the top of the ski jump, then ride a zipline 1,000 feet (300 m) to the bottom in order to receive their next clue. After which, teams drove to the Viking Village for their next clue and an overnight rest.
The next morning, the ten teams split into two groups of five teams, and had to row across a fjord to their next clue. Teams were then instructed to take a train to Voss, and then drive to the marked bridge.
At the bridge was their Detour: Endurance or Accuracy. In Endurance, teams had to roller ski downhill on a 1.75-mile (2.82 km) course. In Accuracy, teams had to successfully complete three games traditionally played by the Vikings. First, they had to throw sticks to knock over a circle of eight logs called kubbs before knocking over the king in the center. After knocking over the king, one team member had to throw an axe into a tree trunk target and make it stick. Once the axe stuck, the other team member had to shoot an arrow into a target 30 feet (9.1 m) away to get their next clue. Teams then drove to the next Pit Stop at the Nesheimstunet Farm.
Leg 3 (Norway → Sweden)
Airdate: November 30, 2004
- Voss (Train Station) to Oslo (Oslo Central Station)
- Oslo (Oslo Central Station) to Stockholm, Sweden (Bus Station)
- Stockholm (Nordic Sea Hotel – Ice Bar)
- Stockholm (Kungens Kurva, World's Largest IKEA)
- Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station) to Häggvik (Swedish) (Häggvik Station)
- Sollentuna (Bögs Gård Farm)
- Häggvik (Häggvik Station) to Stockholm (Stockholm Central Station)
- Stockholm (af Chapman)
At the start of the leg, teams informed to travel to the city of Stockholm, Sweden. Upon departing, teams first took a train from Voss to Oslo, then took a bus to Stockholm. Upon arrival, then went to the Ice Bar at the Nordic Sea Hotel and found their next clue. There, teams had to enter a nightclub made entirely of ice, & slide a shot glass made of ice across the bar, where it must land on a target at the end. Only one team member had to get the target to receive their clue. If neither member's glass hit the target, they had to go to the back of the line before starting again.
Their clue instructed teams to head to the largest IKEA in the world at Kungens Kurva, and search the store for their next clue, which was a Detour: Count It or Build It. In Count It, teams had to count the number of pots, pans, and stuffed animals in three large bins. If they gave the correct number (2,304) to the supervisor, he would give them their clue; otherwise, they had to count again. In Build It, teams had to assemble a desk using all of the provided parts. If they made a mistake, they had to fix it or start the construction over. Once the desk was assembled, the supervisor would give them their next clue.
Teams were instructed to take the train to Häggvik, then ride a tandem bicycle 2 miles to their next clue at the farm. First, teams past the Yield board before going into the Roadblock: "Who's got hay fever?" One team member had to unroll bales of hay to find their next clue hidden inside. Out of a field of 270 bales, 20 had clues. This task was later revisited in The Amazing Race 15 as Switchback. After the Roadblock, teams were instructed to ride their tendem bicycle back to the Häggvik Train Station and ride the train back to Stockholm and the next Pit Stop: the af Chapman.
Leg 4 (Sweden → Senegal)
Airdate: December 7, 2004
- Stockholm (Town Hall Tower)
- Stockholm (Stockholm-Arlanda Airport) to Dakar, Senegal (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport)
- Dakar (Bel Aire Cemetery)
- Kayar (Vieux Ngom Carpenter Shop)
- Lac Rose (Salt Mounds)
- Goree Island
At the start of the leg, teams were directed to go to the top of Stockholm City Hall (known as "Town Hall Tower" in the show) for their next clue. The clue instructed teams to fly to the African country of Senegal, to its capital city Dakar. Upon arrival, where they found their next clue just outside of the airport. There teams were given a poem and was told to go to its author's grave. They had to figure out that it was by former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor, and his grave was at the Bel Aire Cemetery.
The clue at the foot of Senghor's grave directed teams to a marked carpenter's shop in Kayar, which contained the Detour: Stack 'Em Up or Pull 'Em Up. In Stack 'Em Up, teams had to walk through a fish-stacking area and stack enough of fish to properly cover a drying table. Once they stacked the fish properly, the fisherwoman would hand them their next clue. In Pull 'Em Up, teams traveled out on fishing boats and used traditional fishing gear to catch four fish. Once they caught the four fish, they had to bring them to a bounty man onshore, who would give them their next clue.
Teams then took taxis to the Lac Rose Salt Mounds where they found the Roadblock: "Who wants to bathe in rose water?" One team member had to use the traditional tools provided to harvest enough salt from the bed of Lac Rose to fill a 25-US-gallon (95 L) basket. Once the basket on shore was completely filled, a supervisor would hand them their next clue. It told the teams to take a ferry to Ile de Goree where they would find the next Pit Stop.
Leg 5 (Senegal → Germany)
Airdate: December 14, 2004
- Goree Island (Slave House)
- Goree Island to Dakar
- Dakar (Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport) to Berlin, Germany (Berlin Tegel Airport)
- to Warschauer Straße, Berlin (Berlin Warschauer Straße station)
- Berlin (East Side Gallery)
- Berlin (Broken Chain Sculpture)
- Berlin (Brauhaus Spandau bar or Zitadelle)
- Berlin (Teufelsberg)
- Berlin (Brandenburg Gate)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to the well known Slave House in Goree Island and read a poem recounting the events of slavery on the island. The next morning, they laid a single rose at the historic archway known as the Door of No Return as a tribute to African slavery, before being given their next clue.
Next, teams took the ferry back to the mainland, then flew to Berlin, Germany. Upon arrival, teams took the train to the East Side Gallery, and had to search the stretch for the clue box. They were then instructed to make their way to the Broken Chain Sculpture, across the street from a partially destroyed church. There they found the Detour: Beer or Brats. In Beer, teams traveled to the Brauhaus Spandau bar. Once there, each team member had to search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing his or her face and name. They then had to trade two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Once both team members collected all five of each coaster, they would receive their next clue. In Brats, teams travelled to Zitadelle. Once there, they had to use a hand-operated sausage maker to create one rope of five 7-inch (18 cm) bratwursts in order to receive their next clue.
Teams then made their way to the base of Teufelsberg, where they found the Roadblock: "Who feels the need for speed?" In the Roadblock, one team member had to climb at the top of Devil's Mountain (Teufelsberg) and complete a soap box derby course in 37 seconds or less. Teams were then instructed to choose a marked car, drive themselves to a marked parking area, and run on foot to the next Pit Stop: the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
Leg 6 (Germany → Hungary)
Airdates: December 21, 2004 & January 4, 2005
- Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)
- Berlin (Olympic Stadium)
- Berlin (Berlin Tegel Airport) to Budapest, Hungary (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport)
- Eger (Eger Castle)
- Eger (Railway Station) to Budapest (Budapest Keleti railway station)
- Budapest (Net Klub Internet Kafé)
- Budapest (Heritage Rail Museum)
- Budapest (Buda Castle)
- Budapest (Margit Island – Hajos Alfred Nemzeti Sportuszoda)
- Budapest (Gundel Restaurant)
- Budapest (Fisherman's Bastion)
At the start of the leg, teams made their way to Checkpoint Charlie, a former crossing point of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. The clue there directed teams to the Olympic Stadium, where they signed their names for the first Roadblock next morning. The clue asked the teams: "Who's ready to be stretched to the limit?" One team member was strapped into a "hot rocket bungee" and launched 200 feet (61 m) in the air. After returning to the ground, the jump master handed them their next clue, which told teams to fly to Budapest, Hungary.
Upon arriving in Budapest, teams had to search for a marked Trabant car, and drive to Eger Castle in Eger, where they found the first Detour: Catapult Crash and Cannonball Run. In Catapult Crash, teams had to use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet (46 m) into a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. In Cannonball Run, teams had to push a cannon up a hill to Eger Castle's courtyard, then carry and stack 55 4-pound (1.8 kg) cannonballs in a pyramid next to the cannon. When they done, and they received their next clue. Teams then took the train back to Budapest and took a taxi to the Net Klub Internet Kafé.
At the Net Klub Internet Kafé, teams logged onto their AOL accounts by using an Intel Centrino wireless laptop and received a clue via e-mail. The clue online instructed teams to take a taxi to the Heritage Rail Museum, and ride a draisine down the tracks at speeds up to 50 miles per hour to get their next clue. First, they would pick a number to ride the small motorized rail car. The clue out on the tracks revealed the first of two Fast Forwards on the Race. Here, teams descended through a cavernous labyrinth at Buda Castle and partake in the legend of vampires by drinking a goblet of pig's blood, recalling when Transylvania was part of Hungary. The first team to drink the goblets of blood would claim the Fast Forward. After winning the Fast Forward, Lori & Bolo made their way to the Pit Stop.
Other teams had to take taxis to Margaret Island on the Danube River, and their next clue at the Nemzeti Sportuszoda revealed the second Detour: Swim or Paddle. In Swim, teams made their way to an Olympic-sized swimming pool and participated in a water polo game. Working together, each pair had to score a goal against a top Hungarian water polo player. In Paddle, teams inflated a raft with a hand pump and paddled the raft across the Danube River to a flag on the other side. When the flag was found, they would receive their next clue.
The Detour clues instructed teams had to take a taxi to the Gundel Restaurant and found the second Roadblock of the leg: "Who's ready to spice up their life?" One team member had to eat a 24-ounce bowl of a traditional Hungarian spicy soup. Once the team member finished eating, the team would get their next clue that directed teams to the next Pit Stop: the Fisherman's Bastion.
Leg 7 (Hungary → France)
Airdate: January 11, 2005
- Budapest (Promontor Borudvar)
- Budapest (Budapest Ferihegy International Airport) to Ajaccio, Corsica, France (Ajaccio - Campo dell'Oro Airport)
- Ajaccio (Napoleon's Birthplace)
- Calvi (Camp Raffalli)
- Zilia (Winery)
- L'Île-Rousse (La Pietra)
At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to find the Promontor Borudvar winery, and follow the marked path towards the 14,000 gallon wine cask where their next clue was located. They were then told to fly to the French island of Corsica. Upon arrival to its capital city of Ajaccio, they made their way to the Napoleon's birthplace, with the next clue was in the room where he was born.
Here, the second Fast Forward of the Race was presented. Teams had to locate a harbor in Ajaccio and don old-style diving suits weighing more than 100 pounds (45 kg) each. Both team members had to walk across the ocean floor to a lobster trap and retrieve their clue to claim the Fast Forward. After winning the Fast Forward, Adam & Rebecca rode a plane to the city of Calvi, then drove themselves to the Pit Stop.
The other teams chose their marked car and drove to Camp Raffalli in Calvi, where they found the Detour: Climb Up or Fly Behind. In Climb Up, teams had to use a mechanical ascender to climb a 45-foot (14 m) rock wall. Once at the top, they had to find the terrace, where a French legionnaire would give them a medal. After receiving the medal, the teams had to rappel 75 feet (23 m) down to receive their next clue. In Fly Behind, teams had to choose a Zodiac boat. One teammate had to ride behind on an inflatable raft while the other rode inside the Zodiac and directed the driver to search among 25 buoys for one with a clue attached. However, out of these buoys, only 12 contained a clue while the rest said "try again".
Teams then drove to a winery in the village of Zilia where they found the Roadblock: "Who's ready to have a barrel of fun?" A team member had to stomp 55 pounds (25 kg) of grapes with their feet. After squeezing out enough juice to fill five wine bottles, the team member had to drink a glass of their juice to receive the next clue. Teams then drove to the next Pit Stop: a red rock peak known as La Pietra in L'Île-Rousse.
Leg 8 (France → Ethiopia)
Airdate: January 18, 2005
- Calvi to Nice, (Ferry Terminal)
- Nice (City Garden – Statue of Albert I)
- Nice (Nice Côte d'Azur Airport) to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Lalibela (Lalibela Airport)
- Lalibela (Lewz Village)
- Lalibela (St. George's Church)
- Lalibela (Lookout)
At the start of the leg, teams boarded a ferry to Nice in the French mainland, then made their way to the city gardens and found their clue at a bust of Albert I. Teams were then instructed to fly to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Upon arrival, teams searched for a marked airline counter to sign up for a charter flight to Lalibela. There were two flights, each carrying three teams. Once in Lalibela, teams found their next clue on windshields of several marked vans outside the airport. They were then instructed to direct their driver to the Lewz Village, finding their next clue at an overlook.
The clue revealed the Detour: Raise the Roof or Mud the Hut. In Raise the Roof, teams would choose a roof and join with locals to carry the roof two-thirds of a mile (1,100 m) and place it on top of a house. One team member would then place a jug on the roof to receive their next clue. In Mud the Hut, teams had to use a plaster made of dirt, water, and straw to cover an entire wall of a traditional Ethiopian house.
After the Detour, teams then delivered two donkeys from a pen to a farmer 3 miles (4.8 km) away near St. George's Church. After they deliverd the donkeys, they passed Yield board before claiming their clue. Adam & Rebecca chose the Yield Freddy & Kendra.
The next clue revealed the Roadblock: "Who has an eye for detail?" It required one team member to enter the 850-year-old church and receive a pendant from the head priest. The team member then had to search among hundreds of worshipers standing outside for a person with a matching pendant. When they found a match, the worshiper would hand them their next clue. Teams then traveled approximately one mile on foot to the next Pit Stop: Lalibela Lookout.
Leg 9 (Ethiopia → Sri Lanka)
Airdate: January 25, 2005
- Lalibela (Lalibela Airport) to Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport)
- Addis Ababa (Addis Ababa Stadium)
- Addis Ababa (Bole International Airport) to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Bandaranaike International Airport)
- Colombo (Fort Railway Station) to Galle (Galle Railway Station)
- Galle (Fort Galle)
- Galle (Coconut plantation or Elephant polo field)
- Galle (Bus Station) to Kandy
- Kandy (Kandyan Art Association) (Overnight Rest)
- Kandy (Temple of the Tooth)
- Kandy (Bus Station) to Dambulla (Bus Station)
- Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
- Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya)
To start the leg, teams were instructed to make their way to Lalibela Airport and sign up for one of two charter flights to Addis Ababa, leaving 30 minutes apart with 3 teams on the first flight. Once in Addis Ababa, they searched for the Addis Ababa Stadium and found their next clue. At the stadium, teams had to choose two locals runners, then complete a 4-man relay on the tracks to receive their next clue.
Teams then flew to Colombo, Sri Lanka, and then took the train to the city of Galle. Once there, they took tuk-tuks to a fort which had their next clue, which revealed the Detour: Tree Trunks or Elephant Trunks. In Tree Trunks, Teams had to make their way 2 miles (3.2 km) by tuk-tuk to a coconut plantation. Once there, each person had to climb to the top of a 50-foot (15 m) tree and take down a jug filled with tree sap. Each person must the empty the sap into a container to receive the next clue. In Elephant Trunks, teams had to make their way 2.5 miles (4.0 km) by tuk-tuk to an elephant polo field. Each team member had to ride an elephant down the length of the field, hitting a polo ball around a large pole and score a goal in order to receive their next clue.
Teams then took the bus more than 70 miles (110 km) to the city of Kandy, and made their way to the Kandyan Art Association. Once there, they purchased an offering, made their way on foot to the nearby Temple of the Tooth, and exchanged the offering for their clue. The clue directed teams to take another bus nearly 50 miles (80 km) to Dambulla, and take a tuktuk to the Lion Rock in the ancient city of Sigiriya, where they found their next clue.
At Lion Rock, teams found the Roadblock: "Who's got strong legs and keen eyes?" One team member had to ascend more than 1,000 steps to the top of Lion Rock. Using binoculars to scan the jungle from a vantage point 600 feet (180 m) above the ground, they had to search for a flag, then descend Lion Rock to their partner and proceed to the flag. The flag was located near a swimming pool at Hotel Sigiriya which they had to swim the length of before checking in at the nearby Pit Stop mat.
Leg 10 (Sri Lanka → China)
Airdate: February 1, 2005
- Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport) to Shanghai, China (Shanghai Pudong International Airport)
- Shanghai (Yuyuan Garden)
- Shanghai (Huaneng Union Tower)
- Shanghai (HuaXia Bank Tower)
- Huangpu District, Shanghai (People's Heroes Monument)
- Shanghai (End of Jiangpu Road)
- Shanghai (Peace Hotel South)
To start the leg, teams were instructed to fly to Shanghai, China, and make their way to the Yuyuan Gardens to search the grounds for their next clue. Teams then took taxis to Yincheng Road and searched the area for Huaneng Union Tower for their next clue. The third Yield of the season also appeared here, where Freddy & Kendra targeted Adam & Rebecca.
The clue revealed the Roadblock: "The HuaXia Bank Tower is 40 stories high - but someone has to wash it!!!" It required one team member to wash a window on the exterior of the HuaXia Bank Tower, 40 stories above the ground. Washing the window would reveal a hidden message; once they understood the message, they had to lower themselves to the ground and report it to the supervisor, who would hand them their next clue if correct.
It then directed teams to take a taxi to the end of Jiang Pu Road, where teams found the Detour: Bricks or Ice. In Bricks, teams had to use a traditional device to transport 300 clay bricks off a barge while balancing on a narrow wood plank. From there, they had to stack the bricks on a wooden pallet to receive their clue. In Ice, teams had to load two 220-pound (100 kg) blocks of ice onto the back of flatbed tricycles and deliver them to a fish market four blocks away. Once there, they would have to break them into smaller pieces and place them into a tub to receive the next clue. The clue told teams to take a taxi to the Pit Stop: the roof of the Peace Hotel South.
Leg 11 (China)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Shanghai (Shanghai Railway Station) to Xi'an (Xi'an Railway Station)
- Xi'an (Drum Tower)
- Xi'an (BYD Auto Factory or Xi'an Tang Du Factory)
- Xi'an (Terra Cotta Warriors Museum – Pit 1)
- Huayin (Mount Hua – North Peak)
- Xi'an (Xi'an City Wall – South Gate)
The clue revealed the Detour: Spray or Scroll. In Spray, teams traveled 34 miles (55 km) to a car factory (called BYD Auto Factory), put on uniforms, and used spray paint to paint the shell of a Chinese-made car. In Scroll, teams had traveled 31 miles (50 km) to a textile factory (called Xi'an Tang Du Factory) and searched through 10 bolts of fabric with a light table to find two Chinese characters stamped within two of the 10 bolts. They then had to cut the characters to trade for their next clue.
After the Detour, teams made their way to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum and found their clue on the viewing platform of pit 1. Their next clue directed them to the North Peak of Mount Hua. Teams had to take a shuttle bus to the base of the mountain, then take a gondola to the upper platform.
The clue at the North Peak revealed the Roadblock: "Which of you is more methodical?" One team member to use a key given them in the clue envelope and search 3,000 locks for the one padlock that that key would open. Teams were required to complete the task before the last gondola's departure at 7:00pm. Once teams have their clue, they made their way back down the mountain by gondola and shuttle bus, and then took a bus back to the city of Xi'an. When they arrived, teams checked in at the Pit Stop: the South Gate of the Xi'an Wall.
Leg 12 (China → United States)
Airdate: February 8, 2005
- Xi'an (Xi'an Xianyang International Airport) to Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (Honolulu International Airport)
- Honolulu (Puu Ualakaa State Park)
- Honolulu (Hilo Hattie or Lokahi Canoe Club)
- Honolulu (Kamaka Air)
- Kaneohe (Kaneohe Bay)
- Honolulu (Honolulu International Airport) to Chicago, Illinois (O'Hare International Airport)
- Chicago (Chicago Water Tower)
- Chicago (Gino's East)
- Chicago (Ping Tom Memorial Park)
To start the final leg of the season, teams flew to Honolulu, Hawaii. Teams were told to book their flights at a travel agency before proceeding to the airport. They then drove to Puu Ualakaa State Park and found their next clue on a lookout point.
Their clue revealed the Detour: Outfits or Out-riggers. In Outfits, teams traveled 10 miles (16 km) to a tropical clothing distributor (called Hilo Hattie) and searched racks filled with 165,000 articles of clothing for those matching the outfit of a mannequin in order to receive their next clue. In Out-riggers, teams had to drive 6 miles (9.7 km) to a canoe club (called Lokahi Canoe Club) and, with the help of a steering person, paddle an outrigger canoe down a course more than 2 miles (3.2 km) long.
Teams then drove to Kamaka Air and picked up their clue which was for the final Roadblock: "Who's ready for an ocean drive?" It required one team member to tandem skydive 11,000 feet (3,400 m) into a sandbar in the middle of Kaneohe Bay, where their next clue is waited.
After the Roadblock, teams took the boat back to shore and drove to the airport. Teams then flew to their final destination city: Chicago, Illinois. Upon arrival, teams took the train to the Chicago Water Tower. They were then instructed to take a taxi to Gino's East Pizzeria. At Gino's East, teams had to eat two slices of a deep dish pizza to receive their final clue to the Finish Line at Ping Tom Memorial Park.
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