Last time the teams checked into the Pit Stop at the Sweden/Norway border. Doctors Nat and Kat were the first team to arrive and they were the first team to depart this time. They opened their clue to find that they had to drive to Narvik, Norway and find the next clue at the gondola station there. The doctors rode the gondola to the top of the mountain to find the clue. Since they got there first they decided to do the Fast Forward; which was to participate in a Christmas tradition.
On the way to the Fast Forward the gals said they liked Christmas and Nat said she hoped it wasn’t anything involving meat because she was a vegetarian. Of course the FF was to eat a roasted sheep’s head. Considering some of the other things people have been made to eat on other seasons like fried grasshoppers or baby octopus the sheep’s head didn’t seem so bad. Nat sort of freaked out and made horrible faces but managed to choke down her half of the head. She got through it by pretending she was eating lettuce or cucumbers and chanting that it was for a million dollars.
The other teams who rode up the gondola wisely realized that they should do the tasks except tattooed biker couple Nick and Vicki. The clue told the teams to go to the Skjombrua Bridge to find the next clue.
At the Skjombrua Bridge the teams found a Roadblock that only one team member had to do. For this Roadblock the team member had to have “strength, stamina and guts.” The task was to rappel down the bridge, signal a boat who would give them the clue and then rappel back up. Father/son team Michael and Kevin and Father/daughter team Gary and Mallory got to the Roadblock first. Kevin and Gary both decided to do it. Michael joked that he didn’t have guts that’s why he decided not to do it. Both Kevin and Gary finished quickly. Jill and Thomas and Brook and Claire showed up and started the task. Thomas had no trouble. Brook had some trouble getting back up. Nick and Vicki showed up at the bridge after going to the Fast Forward where they saw a sign saying the FF was “taken,” and not really understanding what “taken” meant. Vicki did the task fast. Chad and Stephanie and Volleyball girls where the last two teams to get to the bridge. Chad did ok too. The next clue instructed the teams to drive to a field at Harvika.
At Harvika the teams found a Detour of Boats or Bikes. In Boats the teams had to instruct a boat captain to a landing where they had to deliver two fish and a chainsaw to a guy up a very steep hill. In Bikes the teams had to mountain bike up a steep and slippery path, memorize a lock code, ride back and open the lock. Michael and Kevin, Brook and Claire, Chad and Stephanie and Team Volleyball did Boats. Delivering the fish and chainsaw was more physically demanding than the teams probably thought. At the boat landing the teams had to get to the path up some slippery rocks covered with ladders. The fish and chainsaw were heavy and awkward to carry. Gary and Mallory, Jill and Thomas, Nick and Vicki did Bikes. Bikes was faster but slippery and physically tough. Gary and Mallory and Jill and Thomas finished their task first and got the clue to the Pit Stop at the Ankenes Marina. Michael and Kevin were just finishing up their task and saw J&T on the road and decided to just follow them even though J&T were lost. Nick and Vicki were having a bit of trouble on the bikes but managed to get the right lock code. B&C passed C&S who in turn passed Team Volleyball coming back after doing the Boats task.
After Nat and Kat successfully ate their sheep’s head they got the next clue to the Pit Stop at Ankenes Marina. They got their first again and this time won a trip to Costa Rica. Next on the mat were Gary and Mallory, Jill and Thomas, Michael and Kevin, Brook and Claire, Nick and Vicki (who for some reason thought they were second!) and finally Chad and Stephanie. Team Volleyball was last and they were thankfully eliminated.
Next time: The teams travel to Russia, get lost among pianos and Brook steps in poop.
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