Dujean & Leilani, having won the last leg, are the first to depart at 1:30am and teams are now on their way to Les Iles de La Madeliene, the Magdalen Islands, in Quebec (although actually north of Halifax). Brian & Cynthia are 20 minutes behind, followed by Nick & Matt and all the other teams. There's only a single loonie on their BMO MasterCard this leg and that's not going to go far. Nic & Sabrina are the last to depart at 4:14am.
Everyone is now leaving Halifax and upon landing they need to grab their Chevy Colorado and pack it up with all the gear they need based on a photographic list. They also get warned of the Double U-Turn ahead. It's funny watching everyone load up their trucks and wonder if they're doing it right (they're not), but Jesse & Gino manage to pull into the lead with Brian & Cynthia and Neil & Kristin on their tail.
At Plage de La Dune du Sud teams find the Roadblock; one racer will need to recreate a sandcastle around their teammate who is buried up to their neck in sand. I would definitely bury Wayne as it would be a much smaller hole. Everyone starts burying their teammate and only Brent seems to worry about whether the tide is coming in or not. A little late for that Brent.
Gino & Jesse got there ahead of everyone and they were done in no time and they're already off to the next location, the Monument Aux Pecheurs to find their next clue. Cynthia calls for a check but it's no good. Nic & Sabrina are the last to arrive and I'm surprised that Nic is the one in the sand. It doesn't help when Sabrina almost breaks his arm stepping on it.
Nick is shivering but Kristin is starting to freeze under the sand and when Neil calls for a check he notices he forgot the stairs on his castle. Well how else did he expect the sand men to get in. Kristin starts complaining about the cold and wants to take the penalty and just move on. Seriously? Neil decides to keep going and finish his stairs while Cynthia realizes she forgot just one step on her stairs. A quick correction and she and Brian are off.
At the Monument Aux Pecheurs, Gino & Jesse encounter an Amazing Race first, The Face Off, a head to head challenge against another team in a 2 goal round of kayak hockey. Win the round and you move on, lose and you face the next team to arrive. Simi & Ope move into third place after completing their sandcastle as Brian & Cynthia arrive at the Face Off. Gino & Jesse are pretty confidant on this one and make two quick goals to move on to . . .
The Detour: Ride It or Pull It. In Ride It, teams must locate the Centre L'Equestre stable and master the art of dressage as they guide their horses through a course within 8 minutes. In Pull It, the teams must roll up their sleeves and a bale of hay from the pasture to the barn at Ferme Leo et Fils, then each team member must milk a cow to get a litre of milk. Gino & Jesse decide to Pull It.
Nick & Matt, Brent & Sean, and Dujean & Leilani complete the sandcastle and move on while Kristin continues to shiver. Meanwhile, Simi & Ope arrive at the Face Off and again Ope has to perform in a water task. This poor guy can't get a break. Good thing for Brian & Cynthia, who make up for their first attempt, beat Simi & Ope, and decide to Pull It. This should be fun watching Brian attempt to milk a bull. Good luck with that.
Nick & Matt aren't great at kayak hockey, but they're better than Simi & Ope. Brian & Cynthia arrive at the farm just ahead of Gino & Jesse but the boys are the first to get their bale rolled and start milking their cow, not the bull, but the boys are a little too gentle on those nipples. Come on guys, it's a race not a date.
Back on the water Simi is getting angry, but not angry enough to beat Brent & Sean who beat them and also decide to Pull It, and now Simi & Ope are up against Dujean & Leilani, . . . who also beat them. Dujean & Leilani however decide to Ride It.
On the beach Neil calls for another check and this time he's done it. Unfortunately when Kristin tries to get out of the sand she cramps up and can't move so Neil makes the dad call and they head to the hospital to make sure she's okay. I'd have done the same thing if it were my daughter and so would Wayne. At the end of the day, it's just a race.
Gino & Jesse and Brian & Cynthia are busy milking their cows when the wrestlers arrive at the farm, making short work of their bale. As the wrestlers get started milking Gino & Jesse finish the task first and are now on their way to L'escalier de la Pointe aux Meules, where they'll need to climb to the top of the lookout to find the Double U-Turn with Brian & Cynthia right behind them. Arriving at the equestrian centre Leilani figures this'll be easy. Not so much. She spent most of her first attempt just getting started.
Brent and Sean wrestle their bale in and now get to wimper while they milk next to Nick & Matt. On the water, Ope's starting to shiver as they wait for another team. They decide to take the four hour penalty rather than continue to wait and that could be a big mistake because Nic & Sabrina just finished their sandcastle.
Leaving the hospital Kristin is still cramped up but she's been cleared to race and when they arrive at the Face Off they decide to take the penalty and move on to Ride It, even though she'll need to ride a horse to complete the challenge
Somehow Brian & Cynthia are first to the Double U-Turn but decide not to use the U-Turn on the boys. They're off to the Pit Stop at Pointe Old Harry on Grosse Iles and in the lead to find Jon. Right on their tail Gino & Jesse arrive at the Double U-Turn and, surprised to not be U-Turned, discuss whether to use it on the wrestlers to slow them down, or the designers to force them to use the Express Pass. Decisions, decisions. They decide to U-Turn Brent & Sean in an attempt to get the Express Pass out of the way.
With both Simi & Ope and Neil & Kristin taking a four hour penalty, there are no teams for Nic & Sabrina to compete against and they move directly to the Detour and they choose Pull It. These two must have horseshoes in their packs.
At the Pit Stop it's Gino & Jesse as Team Number 1 and they also win two tickets to anywhere that Air Canada flies in Canada and PetroCan is giving them free gas for a year. Brian & Cynthia made a wrong turn and are now Team Number 2. So close.
Nick & Matt decide to not U-Turn anyone but Brent & Sean decide to do the other side of the Detour rather than lose their Express Pass. They feel they have no choice but to U-Turn Nic & Sabrina to stay ahead. They meet Dujean & Leilani leaving Ride It and Leilani says they can do it. Nice way to support another team Leilani, Wayne would've told them it was really hard.
Nick & Matt find Jon and are again Team Number 3 as Nic & Sabrina arrive at the farm to find Simi & Ope milking their cows. Over at Ride It, Kristin realizes that her pain may make it impossible to ride a horse, her favourite animal in the world, and she thinks this is it. There's still the other side to the Detour but I'm not sure how much help she'd be rolling a bale of hay either. Kristin decides to give it a try as Brent & Sean dress up and get started.
Not only started but Brent & Sean did it, saved their Express Pass and they're off to the Pit Stop. Kristin hobbles out to her horse and is so glad she decided to try Ride It when she discovers she barely needed to use her legs as she and her dad complete the task. They're still in it.
Simi & Ope arrive at the U-Turn to find they weren't U-Turned, nor were Neil & Kristin, but Nic & Sabrina arrive to find that they were. They can't believe that Brent & Sean would do that but why not, it's part of the game . . . especially when you're in the back half of the pack. They head off to Ride It while everyone else heads to the Pit Stop.
Dujean & Leilani are team number 4, and Brent & Sean are Team Number 5. Neil & Kristin are the sixth team to arrive but have to sit out a four hour penalty, which is the same for Simi & Ope who are the seventh team to arrive. Kristin is still shivering as they move to the side to sit out their penalty. If Nic & Sabrina are more than four hours behind then these two teams are safe, but if not it may be time to say farewell to Simi & Ope.
When Nic & Sabrina arrive at Ride It they are told that they can't complete the task because it's gotten too dark for the horses. They had to wait out a pre-determined time before receiving their next clue and moving on to the Pit Stop.
Nic & Sabrina are the last team to arrive but because of the penalties they are Team Number 6. With that, Jon waves them in and Neil & Kristin are Team Number 7 and Simi & Ope are the last team to be checked in but, as we suspected, this is an extended leg and the teams are still racing. Those are two very happy teams.
Next week the teams are racing off to Sudbury, Ontario where they get to enjoy a lunch high in protein and it looks like somebody loses a pulse, but isn't that Jesse trying to kickstart the heart? Hmm, somebody's got some x'splaining to do around here. Then teams go underground just like Wayne did last week. This week we bury them and next week they go under. Looks like fun.
Be sure and check out Wayne's review on his page and watch for our video recap coming up real soon. As there's no eliminated team there'll be no elimination interview but maybe we can get a guest review. I'm on the road again next week to celebrate my 25th Anniversary with the most incredible woman in the world and hope I can catch a feed to keep up my review but I'll definitely miss next week's video. Maybe Wayne can surprise us with a guest co-host. As long as they wear the vest it's all good. Hmm, I wonder if Jinder is in town. Until that time.