Last time the teams checked into the Pit Stop at Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nat & Kat were the first team to arrive last time so this time they were the first team to depart. The clue told them to fly to Muscat, Oman.
All the teams got to the airport and were on flights that got in at either 8:55 pm or 10:35 pm. They were all asking about the whereabouts of Chad & Stephanie. Cue a closed hotel door with loud snores. The team had overslept! But they woke up only two hours late and made a flight that got in at 10:45 pm.
Once in Muscat the teams raced to Burj Al Mubkaharah. There the teams were given an ingot inscribed with their time the next morning to climb up to the fort to get the next clue. Nat & Kat and Brook & Claire got 7:30 am times, Jill & Thomas and Chad & Stephanie got 7:45 am, Gary & Mallory and Nick & Vicki got 8:00 am.
Before the fort opened Chad proposed to Stephanie with his RIP mother’s ring.
Then at 7:30 am the female teams ran up the steps and opened the clue. The clue told the teams to drive themselves to Jabel Shams, the tallest mountain in Oman. A safety driver would drive the teams the last bit up the mountain because of the dangerous condition of the road. Nat & Kat and Gary & Mallory relied on the map and got lost. All the other teams asked locals. Chad & Stephanie were the first team to arrive at the clue box; which was surrounded by hungry hairy goats. This was a Roadblock that only one team member had to perform. They had to rappel 500 feet down the sheer cliff, then search a bunch of magic lamps for a ring. Once they found the ring they had to give it to a man for their next clue. Chad did the task and found the ring quickly. Next to the mountain was Jill & Thomas, then Nick & Vicki and Brook & Claire. Vicki & Claire did the task. When Vicki returned to the car they had a flat and lost some minutes changing the tire. Nat & Kat and Gary & Mallory finally got to Jabel Shams but it was really late and the sun was going down.
The next clue instructed the teams to drive to Nizwa and find a giant statue of books for their next clue. Chad & Stephanie got there first and found a Detour. The Detour was a choice between Water Table or Wedding Table. In Water Table the teams had to fill up a water tank truck and then deliver the water to an address. In Wedding Table the teams had to find all the ingredients and cook a giant wedding feast. All teams opted for Water Table. Chad & Stephanie and Jill & Thomas were neck and neck. Jill & Thomas finished first with Chad & Stephanie close behind. Brook & Claire and Nick & Vicki were the next group of teams to do the water task. Bringing up the rear in the dark were Nat & Kat and Gary & Mallory. Gary & Mallory actually saw Nat & Kat on their way back from completing the task so they were happy that they still thought they had a chance.
The next clue told the teams to drive to Muttrah Souq. At the souq the teams had to find a vendor with frankincense and then deliver the frankincense to the famous Ali Baba merchant. Jill & Thomas finished first, then Chad & Stephanie, Nick & Vicki and Brook & Claire. Most of the souq was closed when Nat & Kat and Gary & Mallory finally got there much later.
The clue told the teams to drive to the Pit Stop at Al Alam Palace.
First on the mat were Jill & Thomas, but they had paid a taxi to show them how to get to the palace so incurred a 30-minute penalty. Just a side note – the race used to allow this so they should have explained more about the overall rules. In any case Chad & Stephanie were team number ONE! They had a charmed day so far, maybe because Chad was being nice to Stephanie for once. Then it was Jill & Thomas, Nick & Vicki and a very surprised Brook & Claire. Nat & Kat and Gary & Mallory were both racing to the palace at the same time and passed each other again. But the doctors got to the mat first and were fifth. Gary & Mallory were eliminated. We’ll miss her sunny optimism.
Next time: The teams fly to Bangladesh
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