Blonde-haired besties Caitlin and Brittany beaten by substitute teachers on 'Amazing Race'
Getting lost is never fun, but for best friends Caitlin and Brittany, taking the wrong turn cost them their place on the 21st season of “The Amazing Race.”
After parading through the streets of Indonesia wearing 40-pound lion headdresses, 24-year-old Caitlin King and Brittany Fletcher, 25, hopped in a bike rickshaw and chased after the second-last team, trying to beat them to the mat.
“I’m so pissed off at this friggin’ dude,” they complained en route, growing increasingly frustrated by their driver.
But at that point, it didn’t matter how much they yelled at him to hurry, the substitute teacher team had already made it to the mat and the blonde-haired besties were eliminated from the competition.
“The fact that Will and Gary had gotten U-turned and still beat us to the mat proves how lost our driver really had gotten us,” Caitlin tells CTV.ca in a recent phone interview.
“We definitely think we were a better team than what was shown (on TV),” says Caitlin. “We wish we could’ve made it farther.”
“I don’t think either of us could’ve done a better job than we did,” adds Brittany.
The pair kicked off this leg of the trip by serving a “balanced” Indonesian meal – balancing 20 plates of food and distributing them to hungry patrons.
The lion headdresses they had to don and wear through the streets were secured by a wooden mouthpiece.
“Literally, I thought all of my teeth were about to fall out of my head on national television,” reveals Brittany.
“It was so heavy to have to hold with your mouth and I couldn’t see Caitlin in front of me . . . It wasn’t a short little path either. I’d say it was, like, a mile parade.”
But even with the heavy headdresses and the wrong turn, the duo still agrees it was the trip of a lifetime.
“It was really cool that we got to experience such a different culture and lifestyle,” says Caitlin about their time in Indonesia. “And we’re not the kind of people who will sit and cry about (being eliminated).”
Caitlin has just moved to Atlanta and says she loves being back in the South, while Brittany is still in Chicago and has a new job with a pharmaceutical company.
Though the women are in different cities, they say they plan on hanging out together soon.
“We’re very excited to hang out,” says Brittany.
“The first meal we’ll have together will be fallopian tubes,” Brittany jokes, referencing the Chinese frog delicacy featured on the first episode of the “Race.”
“We’re going to make our own ‘Amazing Race’ and act like we’re still on it,” jokes Caitlin.
"The Amazing Race" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at CTV.ca.
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