Not even a mad dash through Siberia, wearing a thong, could save Christie Volkmer and her teammate, Jodi Wincheski, from being the last team to arrive at the pit stop on The Amazing Race. Luckily, the flight attendants were saved, since it was a non-elimination round. "I did not want to go out in my underwear," Christie tells In Touch. "That would be even worse than the walk of shame!" But during the next leg, when they found themselves in India, a confused cabdriver and a special speed-bump task proved to be too much, and Christie and Jodi were sent packing.
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What was your first impression of India?
Jodi: I've watched every season of The Race, and it seems all the teams fall apart when they're in India. I was mentally prepared for India, and it turned out to be much better than I expected.
Christie: Yeah. It was actually my favorite place. I loved it. The culture is just so opposite of what we have in America.
Jodi: Everyone was really friendly, and it was neat since we got to hang out with elephants, camels and little monkeys.
Christie: The monkeys everywhere were a highlight for me.
You got to paint an elephant for your speed bump. That looked like fun.
Christie: It was great. That was a perfect stress reliever for us. It was just fun. It was a nice speed bump. I think we really lucked out with that.
Jodi: The only problem we had with the speed bump was that we had to sit in traffic to get there and again to get out. The task itself was really cool. You can't really beat getting up close and personal with an elephant.
You seemed to make up a lot of time. How far behind Mark and Michael were you at the finish line?
Christie: Two minutes.
Jodi: Yeah, it was a killer! For me there was a lot of frustration -- I mean we enjoyed India and had a good day -- but it was a tough day because during the camel challenge I had picked up two buckets and filled them both with water and carried them all the way back to my camel station. And then when I got there, they wouldn't let me dump both of them. So there's two minutes right there! I had to go all the way back and get another, but that would have been the last one I needed. So there were a couple very frustrating moments for us.
What do you consider to be your downfall?
Christie: Our big downfall was the taxi driver who took us to the wrong city to start out. We were lost from the very beginning. He was asking all the locals where the place was, and they directed him to a place that was having a big festival, but that's not where we needed to be. He took us 30 minutes outside of the city!
Jodi: It was hard because we started the leg knowing we had to make up time, and then we ended up immediately going a half an hour out of the way.
Christie: That was a really sick feeling.
Jodi: Then he got lost on the way to the roadblock. There was only one lane in and one lane out, yet our cabdriver somehow managed to get lost.
Christie: We felt bad for him because all the other drivers were calling him and telling him that we were in a race and he was totally screwing us up. So he felt really, really bad.