Is it just us, or are bad directions beginning to be a theme on this season of The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET, CTV)?
Last week, Canada’s Choice team Jet Black and Dave Schram were sent home after a man gave them false directions on their way to a challenge, and this week poor directions from a stranger led to Nicki Lee and Aisha Bentham‘s elimination from the show as well. Considering that we’re only two weeks in, we feel like more teams should start investing in good, quality maps. If they can find them, that is.
The episode picked up with the nine remaining teams racing in B.C., where they travelled to the Last Spike historic site in Craigellachie before heading to Glacier House Resort outside of Revelstoke. Along the way they had to tear through a mountainside motorbike course, either plant trees or kayak (while tied together bow-to-stern, stern-to-bow) during the episode’s Detour, and then successfully build a train track for a model train at the Revelstoke Railway Museum.
Thinesh Kumarakulasingam and Aarthy Ketheeswaran whizzed through their tasks to narrowly take first place just steps ahead of last week’s champs, Dave Leduc and Irina Terehova, taking an Express Pass and a trip to Madrid in the process.
Meanwhile, although Lee and Bentham stumbled with directions more than once, they made up for plenty of lost time during the challenges. It was only while building the tracks and feeling the pressure from last-place team Lauren and Joanne Lavoie that they stumbled, but they still left the challenge to head to the Pit Stop first. Unfortunately, despite stopping for directions, they went the wrong way and wound up in last place, and Jon Montgomery promptly eliminated them.
We caught up with the besties following their elimination to talk about the frustration of bad directions, how they stayed positive, and who they think should take this thing to the end.
You’re the second team to go home over bad directions—how frustrating is it to be in that situation?
Lee: It was so frustrating because we were so close and we made up so much ground, and we even thought to verify where the Pit Stop was. We thought we were lucky at the time because the people we spoke with were staying at the resort we were supposed to go to. So we didn’t question their directions. But then they pointed us in the wrong direction.
Do you ever wish you could go back and tell them just how much their directions sucked?
Bentham: For sure, I would love to go back and be like, ‘What the heck? How did you get that wrong?’ But things like that, that’s where it’s so close. You are trusting strangers and hoping they’re giving you the right information because you’re not from that place.
Did you know you were last when you were trekking up that mountain?
Lee: We passed the railroad museum and we didn’t see any cars left in the parking lot so we thought maybe they were lost—so we still had an ounce of hope. But then when we got to the parking lot at the resort we saw all the cars parked. Bentham counted them and they were all there, but even going up the gondola we held onto hope.
What went through your heads in that elimination moment?
Bentham: I just couldn’t get over how we got eliminated and then had this incredible view of Revelstoke from the top of the mountain. That view stayed in my head, what an opportunity to witness that and to be a part of it. The elimination really sucked, but in that moment there was so much beauty around.
Lee: I couldn’t even keep my composure. We just climbed this mountain, we climbed a mountain the day before, my legs were trembling… we felt like we made up some ground and then we were last. Going in the wrong direction for just a few minutes cost us the race. But as Bentham said, looking around and seeing the beauty, it’s like, I’m actually so fortunate. How many people get this opportunity? Ever? Did I feel like I let my community down and did I want to represent? Absolutely. But just being on this show was great representation whether we made it to the end or not. We did well, and I think people watching will see that. It wasn’t really anything we did. It was an unfortunate mishap, in trusting a stranger to give us the right directions.
Are there any types of challenges or places you had really wanted to do and weren’t able to?
Bentham: I wanted to go to Nunavut. I really wanted to go there and wish we would have been able to visit.
Lee: I wanted to see Nova Scotia, or somewhere I haven’t explored in Canada. The Northwest Territories would have been awesome.
Who are you hoping wins this?
Bentham: I love the twin sisters, they are amazing and I’m rooting for them all the way.
Lee: I agree. And then Thinesh and Aarthy, they’re just so sweet and they’re so cute. And because I think they’re the first Sri Lankan racers, I think that would be so amazing.
Bentham: Literally, amazing.