'The Amazing Race Canada' recap: Ryan and Rob lost in France

Pierre and Michel Forget salute at Beny-Sur-Mer cemetery. (CTV screen grab)

Pierre and Michel Forget salute at Beny-Sur-Mer cemetery. (CTV screen grab)

Marianne Dowling, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

First-class plane tickets, trips to exotic locales, and brand new electric cars are just some of the pricey perks teams have been given so far on The Amazing Race Canada – but one modern luxury the show seems to have left out? A stupid GPS.

And boy, did bartenders Ryan Steele and Rob Goddard need one this week.

Towards the end of the show, they could only laugh at their bad luck, joking that the name of their fictional travel show should be called “Getting Lost and Hating Yourself” or “Taking the Long Way in France with Ryan and Rob.”

Good jokes, guys – but you both have a horrible sense of direction.

For this leg of the race, the contestants flew internationally again – this time to Normandy, France.

“We don’t speak any French,” Mickey Henry said after seeing his destination.

“Whatever,” said teammate Pete Schmalz, always the philosopher.

The Roadblock challenge was a nightmarish combination of math, chemistry, and Calvados, a French brandy made from distilled cider. One person from each team had to dilute the alcohol to 40%, using a complex mathematical formula where gravity and temperature determined how much alcohol was needed.

This Roadblock was a disappointment for Pete, who assumed the challenge had more to do with drinking shots than diluting them in a giant tube using science. They all needed shots of brandy after this one.

Ryan and Rob made it to this Detour eventually, but were late because they got lost coming from the airport.

After the brandy business, teams moved on to the Detour challenge, where they chose to either Show It, by braiding yarn into a horse’s mane, or Tell It, by rearranging painted textiles to tell the story of William the Conqueror. Turns out, the braiding was the easier challenge because the horses’ owner wasn’t very picky about how the braid looked.

Ryan and Rob would discover this when they finally arrived after everyone else had already left. They got lost finding the farm.

The next stage of the course was an opportunity for teams to have a little fun on the beach trying out some land surfing, which is essentially a sailboat with wheels that can speed around on sand.

After the fun, there was a real change of tone. Teams were sent to a Canadian Second World War cemetery to tour the grounds, read the plaques and take in the hundreds of tombstones of young men – some teenagers – who died in France about 70 years ago.

Even conniving twin butchers Pierre and Michel Forget couldn’t stop the tears from flowing at the memorials. They even saluted at the cemetery.

There is no way of knowing whether or not Ryan and Rob even made it to the cemetery, because they got lost.

Jon Montgomery was waiting for all the teams on Juno Beach with a D-Day veteran for the Pit Stop and got choked up while thanking him for his service.

But with all the talk of death in France, Montgomery didn’t have the heart to send any team home – so when Ryan and Rob arrived in the dark of night seemingly hours after everyone else – they were told it was a non-elimination round and they would stay on another week.

“What happened out there boys?” Montgomery asked.

“We just sucked at directions today,” Rob said making the understatement of the episode.

The hockey girls Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson got their groove back and finished in first place, Pierre and Michel finished second and Mickey and Pete came in at third.

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