As Brendon & Rachel ended their descent and Art & JJ finally reached the tower, Rachel & Dave maintained their lead and arrived at Sand Island Park to find a Roadblock. In it, one team member had to take part in a tradition first introduced by Japanese immigrants simply known as shave ice. Using a samurai sword, teams had to shave enough ice to completely fill a bucket to the marked line. When they did, famous Hawaiian actor Taylor Wiley would hand them their next clue. Running up to a giant block of ice, Dave began using the sword to scrape ice shavings and collect them into a bucket. Needing a lot of upper body strength for the task, Dave said, "My shoulders are burning, but I'm pressing on." With Brendon joining Dave in the ice shaving, both Rachels watched their significant others and looked across the water to see Art & JJ in the far distance rappelling down the side of the building. When Dave's ice shaving reached the red line, he got his clue from Taylor Wiley instructing him and Rachel to make their way on foot to helicopters waiting in the outfield. Running past a nearby baseball field in the park, the army wife and combat pilot hopped into one of the waiting helicopters and took off on a scenic ride along the coast to the North Shore.
MAJOR MESS UP
Soon after JJ began shaving ice at Sand Island Park, Brendon filled his bucket past the red line. Ignoring the phrase "on foot" in their clue, Brendon & Rachel jumped into their taxi and, on Rachel's suggestion, told their driver to head to the closest big stadium, Aloha Stadium. As Art & JJ ran to the correct outfield and moved into second place, Brendon & Rachel reached Aloha Stadium and became confused when they didn't see any helicopters. Rereading the clue, the PhD student and event hostess realized their mistake and headed back to Sand Island now in last place. On the walk from their taxi to the helicopters, Brendon's attempts to speed up Rachel's slow pace were met with resistance and shouting. Rachel screamed at Brendon, "I'm trying my hardest! I hate you right now! You're blaming this all on me!" After telling Rachel to shut her mouth and run, Rachel threw the fanny pack at Brendon and stormed off. Once she got into the helicopter, she began to cry, saying, "All I ever do is mess up." OCEAN RESCUE Landing on the North Shore in first place, Rachel & Dave ran from their helicopter and ripped open their next clue instructing them to become lifeguards and rescue a distressed swimmer. As one team member drove a waverunner through the turbulent surf, the other would be towed on a sled. Once they scooped up their victim, they had to negotiate their way back through the treacherous waters to the shore. Insisting that Dave ride on the sled and use his strength to haul in the swimmer, Rachel took the helm of the waverunner and drove her team into the rough ocean waves. With Dave directing Rachel where and how to approach the swimmer yelling out for help, Rachel got the waverunner within inches of the victim who Dave picked up and put on the sled. Jumping on top of the male swimmer, Dave joked, "You would probably prefer her on top of you. Sorry bro." Returning the swimmer safely to shore, Rachel & Dave ripped open their clue instructing them to make their way to the Coral Kingdom Gate and follow the marked path.
HANDS OF A STRANGER
As Art & JJ rescued their swimmer, Rachel & Dave soon worried whether their taxi driver knew how to find Coral Kingdom Gate. After she made a U-turn, the driver assured Dave she knew where to go, but still concerned, Dave noted, "Unbelievably frustrating to have the fate completely in the hands of a stranger." When the driver dropped them off, Rachel & Dave warily ran down a path hoping to see a sign or clue. Reaching the shoreline, the army wife and combat pilot excitedly saw paddle boards and a sign instructing them to ride them across the fish pond to the other side.
While Rachel & Dave paddled across the pond, Art & JJ arrived at Coral Kingdom Gate now in first place, walked up a steep hill, and ripped open the clue to find a Roadblock. In it, the person who didn't perform the ice shaving Roadblock would be tested like ancient warriors. First, teams had to ride a sled, known as a Holua, which can reach speeds of sixty miles per hour. Once teams took a hair-raising ride down the hill and across a line without falling off, they had to pick up an Ulu Maika, a disc-shaped lava rock that warriors once used to break the ankles of their enemies. Today, it has been adapted into a game where teams roll the lava rock fifty feet into a goal. When they were on target, teams would receive their final clue. Since JJ shaved ice, Art chose a sled, oiled the narrow wooden runners to increase speed, lied down on top of it, and took his first run down the hill. Art made it almost halfway down the muddy hill before losing balance on the less than one-foot wide sled and wiped out. As Art climbed back up the hill to try again, JJ said, "I think I'm a little more athletic than Art and I could've done that." When Art failed on his second try, a disappointed JJ added, "I think we're making some time up on Dave and Rachel but I think it's a foregone conclusion so I'm hoping maybe there's a snag." A
Reaching the other side of the fish pond, Rachel & Dave ran down the dock and around the corner where the eight eliminated teams stood cheering on the beach. When the ecstatic couple jumped next to Phil on the finish line, they expected to hear they had just won the Race. Instead, in an Amazing Race first, he told a stunned Rachel & Dave that he couldn't check them in until they had completed the Roadblock. Paddling back to the other side, Dave told Rachel, "There must be another Roadblock. That's a game changer." After getting directions from a local, Rachel & Dave ran a half-mile down the road and found Coral Kingdom Gate. When the army wife and combat pilot appeared at the top of the hill where Art still struggled to keep his balance on the sled, the border patrol agents couldn't believe their eyes. JJ said, "Holy crap. We're in the game." Relegated to only being a spectator in the last event of the Race, Dave told his wife, "You're vying for first with Art & JJ. This is the way it should be." In a show of sportsmanship, Dave offered a handshake to JJ who accepted, saying, "Just run for the race."
SLIDING TO VICTORY
On Rachel's first attempt down the hill, she made it halfway down before falling off her sled as Art continued to struggle. Walking back up the hill, Rachel, as happy and smiling as ever said, "That hurt really bad. I think my back is probably all bleeding." On her second try, Rachel maintained her perfect balance, coasting down the entire length of the hill and crossing the line as Dave cheered in excitement. In frustration, Art pounded his fist on the muddy ground and a defeated JJ said, "We were handed a million dollars and just threw it away. Gut wrenching, man." While Art crashed yet again on his 16th sledding attempt, Rachel started tossing lava rocks across a dirt field, but they all kept going wide of the goal. When Dave offered guidance on her technique, Rachel shut him up by threatening to throw a lava rock at an unmentionable body part of his. On her next toss, as Art again fell off his sled, Rachel landed a lava rock right in the middle of the goal. Opening their next clue, Rachel & Dave already knew where to go, the finish line at Secret Island. As Rachel & Dave sped off in an ATV heading back to the dock for paddle boarding again, JJ wistfully commented, "We were one stupid sled ride away from a million dollars. It's hard to stomach." Crossing the finish line for a second time, army wife and combat pilot Rachel & Dave made Amazing Race history by winning their eighth leg, the most ever, along with the one million dollar prize. Starting to cry, Rachel told Phil, "I can't even tell you what it's done for our relationship. When Dave was gone for a year, it was so hard and I really didn't even know if we'd make it. So it was awesome to spend a month together. I couldn't be more grateful." Dave added, "I have a new found appreciation for who my partner is, who my life partner is."
With Art still unable to ride his sled, Brendon & Rachel now appeared at the top of the hill, prompting a still disbelieving JJ to say, "We had this in the bag." Art & JJ's afternoon momentarily got even worse when they watched Rachel hanging onto her sled as she barreled past the marked line at the bottom of the hill to drop the border patrol agents into third place. However, when Rachel had problems landing the lava rock into the goal, Art finally conquered the sled ride and reached the bottom of the hill to cross the line. Then, with a few tosses of the lava rock, he landed one in the goal to pass by Brendon & Rachel back into second place with JJ. On the mat with Phil, JJ remained positive after their disappointing day, saying, "It was a spectacular journey and because we didn't win doesn't diminish it. It's not easy to be standing here…we ran our race and we're proud of it and we won and lost together. To experience what we experienced, it is worth more than a million dollars."
THE RACE ENDS
Ending in third place, Brendon & Rachel remarked on their crazy adventure. Brendon said, "The Amazing Race has tested our relationship in ways that even I didn't think were possible. Even when we go at it with each other…we know at the core is an immense love for the other." Rachel added, "It was just an amazing experience and adventure that I'll never forget." Wrapping the experience up, Dave declared, "Operation: Amazing Race has been complete success. The eighth victory and setting a new record is the epitome of success." Rachel added, "And to have done that all together is priceless."
2011 Part 1 ROUTE MARKERS
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this Roadblock, that team member had to hotfoot it in a Japanese game show, Bring That Chicken Home. Sprinting on a giant running track, they had to jump up and grab three rubber chickens hanging from the ceiling. If their legs could carry them all the way to the finish, the game show host would hand them their next clue.
Performed Roadblock: Art, Vanessa, Brendon, Rachel
Detour: A Detour is a choice between two tasks. In this Detour, teams had the choice of Bingo Shout Out or Photo Cut-Out. In Bingo Shout Out, teams had to pick up sushi off a restaurant conveyor belt and place it on a bingo card. As the chef called out names of sushi, teams had to correctly identify pieces of sushi with a letter attached to it and match them to a name on the board. Once they had the correct five pieces in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row, just like bingo, they could yell out "Sushi!" and then eat all five pieces. In Photo Cut-Out, teams had to pick up a camera and two life-size cutouts of sumo wrestlers and convince locals in groups of three to pose for a photo. Once they took ten different photos, they had to deliver them to the photographer to receive their next clue.
Bingo Shout Out: Art & JJ, Vanessa & Ralph, Brendon & Rachel Photo Cut-Out: Rachel & Dave
Order of Finish: 1. Rachel & Dave 2. Art & JJ 3. Brendon & Rachel 4. Vanessa & Ralph
2011 Part 2 ROUTE MARKERS Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this Roadblock, that team member had to take part in a tradition first introduced by Japanese immigrants simply known as shave ice. Using a samurai sword, teams had to shave enough ice to completely fill a bucket to the marked line. When they did, famous Hawaiian actor Taylor Wiley would hand them their next clue.
Performed Roadblock: Dave, Brendon, JJ
Roadblock: A Roadblock is a task that only one team member can perform. In this Roadblock, the person who didn't perform the ice shaving Roadblock would be tested like ancient warriors. First, teams had to ride a sled, known as a Holua, which can reach speeds of sixty miles per hour. Once teams took a hair-raising ride down the hill and across a line without falling off, they had to pick up an Ulu Maika, a disc-shaped lava rock that warriors once used to break the ankles of their enemies. Today, it has been adapted into a game where teams had to roll the lava rock fifty feet into a goal. When they were on target, teams would receive their final clue.
Performed Roadblock: Rachel, Rachel, Art
Order of Finish: 1. Rachel & Dave 2. Art & JJ 3. Brendon & Rachel ...