'It happens to the best of us': Bad directions send Toronto pals home on The Amazing Race Canada

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If there’s a motto to be gleaned so far on this season of The Amazing Race Canada it’s an easy one: be careful who you take directions from.

One week after Canada’s Choice Jet Black and Dave Schram were sent home on the Season 7 premiere after getting bad directions, Toronto friends Nicki Lee and Aisha Bentham were forced to pack their bags when they too were pointed the wrong way.

“Maybe I should have gone into the gas station and double-checked the directions or even used their phone. But they seemed very confident, so we took their word for it,” Nicki said in an interview with the Sun.

The second episode of the season picked up with the nine teams from across Canada racing to the Last Spike historic site in Craigellachie, B.C., before heading up to the top of Glacier House Resort outside of Revelstoke, B.C., for a motorbike challenge.

A “Plant” or “Paddle” task had teams choosing between planting 40 tree seedlings or kayaking in Williamson Lake to collect flags. The next stop saw the competitors assembling a model train set at the Ravelstoke Railway Museum.

The day concluded atop the Ravelstoke Mountain Resort with Vancouver’s Aarthy and Thinesh coming in first place, winning a trip for two to Madrid and an Express pass that can be used to skip any challenge by the seventh leg. Nicki and Aisha headed in the wrong direction on their way to the pit stop and were eliminated after arriving last.

“It happens to the best of us,” Nicki said laughing.

With the eight remaining teams headed to Edmonton this week, Nicki and Aisha spoke about their time on The Amazing Race Canada.

Going into the Race, what was your strategy?

Nicki: To stay level-headed. I personally watched old episodes to see what other teams did in the past. Things like, writing stuff down and double-checking directions, but I didn’t pay close attention to the last one (laughs), so here we are.

You just mentioned watching prior seasons and we’ve seen year in, year out, teams getting lost. So do you wish you could go back and maybe double-check those directions?

Nicki: Absolutely … But when you’re under that kind of time constraint, you don’t have time to think about it. It’s, ‘Let me get these directions as quick as possible and get to the mat.’

How did you feel about seeing Jet and Dave go out first? They came in with such hype and they just flamed out.

Aisha: It was a shocker, for sure. I don’t think any of us was expecting that. We knew they had somewhat of an advantage, especially since they ran the Race before. Soon as they were gone, the vibe was, ‘Great, we got those guys out-of-the-way.’

Going back to the start of the Race, who did you think the strongest team was when it all started at Pecaut Square in Toronto?

Nicki: I assumed the sprinters Sam and Sarah would have an advantage in terms of speed. They were also from Toronto and I saw them and the other Toronto teams as a threat because of their familiarity with the city.

Aisha: You never know. You don’t know what the Race is going to throw at you, so I wasn’t sure.

What advice would you give future teams?

Nicki: I would tell them to do what we did, watch the past seasons, but learn from our mistakes. Clean it up a little bit. But I know when you’re thrown into certain situations all of that logic gets thrown out the window and you start second guessing what you’re doing.

Aisha: I don’t think you can prepare for this, to be honest. I would definitely advise people to be patient and level-headed as you can be. Also, stop and remember to take all of this in. Really look at where you are and embrace the beautiful vastness of Canada.

We’re watching this at home, so we never know how close things are. Did you know you were in last place when you arrived at the pit stop?

Nicki: We weren’t sure. When we got to the Ravelstoke Resort a lot of cars were there, so we had a little ounce of hope. But after trekking first up the wrong mountain, we knew we were in last place. So we just took a moment to take all that beautiful scenery in.

My last question has nothing to do with the Race. In the opening, you two are playing basketball and you’re from Toronto. So how do you feel about Kawhi Leonard leaving the Raptors?

Nicki: I’m not surprised. I know that he really wanted to go back home to California. I respect him as a player and he did what we brought him here to do: win a championship.

Aisha: I feel different. The way that the whole country stood behind the team was electric. He was a star here, and I’m not saying he won’t be a star in Los Angeles, but there was something beautiful about seeing that here. I thought he’d be a fool to leave and he left. So he’s a fool.

The Amazing Race Canada airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app.

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