So we moved one minus our married clowns David and Cherie. Team Big Brother, Rachel and Dave were still in the lead, but would they be able to keep that up? They have commanded first place twice already.
To find out, we moved to Paraguay for the first time ever. Art and JJ, Rachel and Dave, Bopper and Mark, Nary and Jamie all got on the first plane. The second plane, with the other contestants was two hours behind.
When the first plane landed, Art and JJ were the first team to get their clue for the detour. The teams had to choose either “fruit market” where they have to stack watermelons in a perfect 10×10 pyramid, or “strung out” where they choose a harp and attach 36 strings to their instrument.
Art and JJ, Rachel and Dave chose to stack the watermelons, a physically demanding task under the Paraguay sun. Bopper and Mark, Nary and Jane stack fruit too. Again,
Art and JJ were first. Their clue took them to Plaza De La Democrazia.
None of the teams stacking watermelons had much luck. Just as they got them stacked the piles collapsed, so they opted for detours.
Art and JJ arrived at the Roadblock where one of them had to partake in a Paraguay tradition, the bottle dance. A choreographed dance, they were given lots of bottles and if they ended up breaking them all, they got a 2 hour penalty. They did OK at this and so headed to the pit stop at Escalinata and won a trip to the Bahamas.
At the stringing the harp detour, Elliott and Andrew had a head start as they have strung guitars before. Rachel and Dave arrived, found it too difficult and so decided to use their fast pass and moved forward to the Roadblock. Dave tried to balance the bottles on his head, smashing all of them and so incurring a two hour penalty.
Elliott and Andrew quickly found that stringing a harp is not as easy as stringing a guitar. Rachel R. and Brendon were the first team to finish stringing the harp with Bopper and Mark closely behind them.
Meanwhile, Joey and Danny finished building their watermelon pyramid. Vanessa and Ralph got frustrated as their pyramid fell apart. Ralph wanted to leave, but Vanessa persuaded him to stay, to show an example to his daughter in finishing what he started.
At the Roadblock, Rachel R., Bopper, Nary and Joey were balancing bottles on their head. Rachel R. was the first one to finish, then Joey so he and Danny were up against Rachel R. and Brendon to arrive at the pit stop. Rachel R. and Brendon were the third team to arrive, but told they were in second place because of the penalty Rachel and Dave have.
Bopper and Mark were team number four, Nary and Jamie were team number five and so Rachel and Dave were team number six.
Kerri and Stacy arrived seventh. At the Roadblock, Andrew was trying to balance the bottle on his head when Rachel and Dave arrived and were shocked that the twins were still in it. Ralph was the first one to finish, so he headed to the pit stop with Rachel. Andrew finished soon after. Vanessa and Ralph ran to the pit stop and arrived in eighth position.
That meant that Andrew and Elliott were eliminated from the race. Elliott was devastated, but Andrew will treasure this experience forever.
Next week, the teams head to Italy.