Sunday, May 10, 2009
by Laura Honzay
The last leg of the Amazing Race began at the Olympic stadium called the "Birds Nest" in Beijing, China. Tammy and Victor, who were the first team to arrive at 9:15 a.m., departed at 9:15 p.m. They were instructed to fly over 5,000 miles to Maui, Hawaii.
Once teams arrived in Maui, they needed to find Beach Access 118. Tammy and Victor knew they needed to step it up to win the final leg.
Margie and Luke were the second team to depart at 11:24 a.m. Luke said that he and Margie would do anything to win the game. Margie and Luke arrived at the airport and found Tammy and Victor waiting. Tammy said they would not be able to make a flight reservation until the morning.
Jaime and Cara departed the Pit Stop at 2:04 a.m. Jaime and Cara hoped to become the first all-female team to win the Amazing Race.
All teams were on the same flight to Maui. Tammy and Victor were the first team to find a taxi. Margie asked their cab driver to go fast, but their driver said that was illegal.
At Beach Access 118, teams had to prep a pig for a traditional Hawaiian Luau by seasoning it and carrying it 200 yards to the Luau. Then they had to properly cover the pig to get their next clue.
Tammy and Victor, and Jaime and Cara quickly prepped their pigs with seasoning and were neck and neck carrying their pigs to the Luau. Margie and Luke were right on their tails and quickly passed up the other two teams.
Tammy and Victor, and Jaime and Cara had an extremely hard time carrying their pigs. Tammy could barely make it three steps before having to drop the pig. Jaime and Cara fell down and Cara said that she couldn't make it.
Margie and Luke were the first team to arrive at the luau, and they set up and covered their pig. They were the first to receive their clue, which instructed them to go to McGregor Point and board a watercraft where they had to search among 100 buoys to find their next clue.
Tammy and Victor realized they didn't need to use palm branches to bury their pig, and were the second team to receive the next clue.
Margie drove the watercraft while Luke looked for the clue on the buoys. Tammy and Victor had an amazing time driving the watercraft. Tammy told Victor to be careful while she searched the buoys. Jaime and Cara were excited because they quickly made up time on their watercraft and found their clue before Tammy and Victor.
Margie and Luke were the first team to receive their next clue. They were instructed to go to the Hana highway and find Surfboard Fence. Margie and Luke found the next clue box at Surfboard Fence. The next clue was a Roadblock.
Jaime and Cara's cab driver got lost trying to find Surfboard Fence. Cara took the phone from their cab driver and got directions from the police. Their driver then said that he needed to get gas. Tammy and Victor's cab driver also drove them around for a while.
In the Roadblock, one team member had to search through a pile of more than 300 vintage surfboards to find eleven that had pictures related to things they had encountered in the last eleven legs of the race. Then they needed to put the pictures in correct order.
Luke decided to do the Roadblock. Luke quickly found the correct photos on the surfboards and began putting them in order. He began to get hot running around and took his pants off.
Tammy and Victor were the second team to arrive at the Roadblock. Victor knew he needed to hurry because Margie and Luke had a big head start on them.
Victor also had issues with his pants and Tammy told him to take them off. He joked that he was still wearing his Speedo™.
Luke thought he had his surfboards in the correct order, but his last two were incorrect. He had a hard time finding the correct surfboards and became extremely frustrated.
Jaime and Cara were the last team to arrive at the Roadblock. Jaime told Cara that none of the pictures looked familiar.
Victor was able to set up the surfboards in the correct order and received the next clue. They were instructed to go to the King Kamehameha Golf Club, which was the finish line.
Margie suggested that Luke and Jaime work together. Luke showed Jaime that the first surfboard was a photo of Jesus. Jaime received the clue and helped Luke with the last surfboard.
Tammy and Victor raced to the finish line and were the winners of the Amazing Race. Tammy said that Victor had always pushed her and she was extremely thankful to be there with him.
Jaime and Cara were the second team to arrive. Phil congratulated them on a great race. Jaime started crying and said that she and Cara had a lot to be proud of.
On the cab ride, Margie told Luke that their experience was worth more than a million dollars. Luke hugged his mother and told her that he loved her.
Phil told Margie and Luke that they were team number three. Luke said he was proud to be the first deaf person to be on the Amazing Race. He said that it would prove that deaf people could do anything.