The Rickshaw Assessment for “This Is Gonna Be a Fine Mess”
Ox Status: Broken
- Philiminated with an extreme eyebrowing
[li]***Ron & Bill, *** ***Ethan & Jenna and Kaylani & Lisa[/li] ***
Unrolling Hay Bales in Sweden
- they’re trying but they’re just not getting it
[li]Bill & Cathi - (Team 7 of 8) - Their forward momentum deserted them this leg. Someone on Twitter described them as “farmer patient” which works in life, but not on the race. To his credit, Bill kind of rocked the Roadblock, scampering up the rock face with quickness, but he can’t do everything. Do the elder racers have it in them to make it through another physically intensive leg?[/li][li]***Liz & Marie ***- (Team 8 of 8) - Saved only by the non-elimination leg, the twins melted down again on the Detour, never able to find a real working rhythm or any ability to support one another, and then it turned out that they’d misread their directions. Without a lucky break, they’re gone next leg. They just don’t have the strength, the speed or the savvy.[/li][/ul]
**Duct Taping the Bumper
**- things don’t look good, but they may eke out some improvement
[li]*Ernie & Cindy *- (Team 5 of 8) - Still not getting better, still not getting worse. They’re just mediocre, had a fumble during the Roadblock, and really, they’ve got to do something, soon.[/li][li]Amani & Marcus - (Team 6 of 8) - Their first effort at the Detour fell apart – literally. They got through the second task only due to Marcus’s stamina. Surprisingly, Amani did good work with the Roadblock. But their lack of navigation to the Pit Stop actually cost them three places in the leg rankings. It seems only by minutes, but that kind of error is what loses Races and they’ve got to work together more and be more detail oriented if they want to move up and move on.[/li][/ul]
Andale, s’il vous plait, xie xie!
- some bumbling and fumbling, but not terribly at risk yet
[li]***Jeremy & Sandy *- (Team 3 of 8) - After solid legs, the drama showed up this week, and they stopped working as a team. They frayed around the edges and fell back in the rankings, even while maintaining their place in the pack.[/li][li]***Laurence & Zac ***- (Team 4 of 8) - The father-son adventurers fall down in the rankings this week because of their near-disaster on the high seas. Having been on pace for a third place finish, they ended fourth by sheer, pure luck. If they can’t get back to the front of the pack next leg, they may be one of the Race’s most impressive flame outs.[/li][/ul]
Our Driver is Awesome!
- ahead of the pack, for now
[li]Justin & Jennifer - (Team 2 of 8) - The bickering continued (please, make it stop) but their ability to power through at the Detour when other teams lost the plot and a very solid Roadblock moved them up the ranks with a nice buffer. If they can keep working while squabbling, we may have seen the first move of new contenders in this leg.[/li][/ul]
Carried all the Heavy Stuff & Ate All the Cheese
- nothing can stop them but themselves
[li]***Andy & Tommy ***- (Team 1 of 8) - The snowboarder momentum cannot be denied. They wanted a first place finish this week and got it. A perfectly clean leg, smart thinking, strong moving, good work.[/li][/ul]
Props to zut, Mullinator, the Taxi Assessment, the Raj Rating and all recappers who came before!