"It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots"
Mark Michael Stack Detour
Version United States
Season Season 14
Episode Number 4/12 (160)
First Broadcast March 8, 2009
Viewership (in millions) 10.13[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 3.1/8
Episode Chronology
Previous "I'm Not Wearing That Girl's Leotard!"
Next "She's a Little Scared of Stick, But I Think She'll Be OK!"

It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots is the fourth episode of The Amazing Race 14.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Vila Panoramic are as follows:

  1. Mel & Mike (10:49 pm)
  2. Amanda & Kris (10:53 pm)
  3. Kisha & Jen (10:55 pm)
  4. Margie & Luke (11:06 pm)
  5. Mark & Michael (11:07 pm)
  6. Christie & Jodi (11:08 pm)
  7. Jaime & Cara (11:29 pm)
  8. Tammy & Victor (1:30 am)

Teams must fly to Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Upon arrival, teams must travel by taxi to the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Dam to find their next clue.

Teams must travel by taxi to the Church of Saint Innokenty to find their next clue.

Choice A: Stack
Teams would have to stack wood into a large wall formation in front of an existing stack. If their wall collapses into the existing one, they would have to rebuild both. Once the wood is properly stacked, the lumberjack would hand them their next clue.

Christie & Jodi, Jaime & Cara, Kisha & Jen, Margie & Luke, and Tammy & Victor chose this task.

Choice B: Construct
Teams would have to a workshop and assemble a local-style window frame, then look for a house marked with a "Repairs Needed" sign and install the window there. Once the window is installed, the carpenter would hand them their next clue.

Amanda & Kris, Mark & Michael, and Mel & Mike chose this task.

Teams must travel on foot to the Museum of The Last Bow to find their next clue.

At the Museum of The Last Bow, teams would have the option to U-Turn a team, without revealing their identity. Margie & Luke used the U-Turn on Amanda & Kris.

Since Amanda & Kris completed the Construct Detour, they would be forced to backtrack and complete the Stack Detour before continuing.

Teams must travel by taxi to Bobrovy Log Park to search the grounds for their next clue.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to complete a lap on a bobsled roller coaster in under four minutes while looking for seven letters scattered around the track. They then have to arrange the letters correctly (Chekhov) in order to receive their next clue.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must travel by taxi to the Krasnoyarsk Theater of Musical Comedy to check in.

For coming in first place, Christie & Jodi each won a motorcycle.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer in Non-Elimination Leg     Saved from elimination by the Salvage Pass or The Save     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
 1st place 
Christie & Jodi
Flight Attendants
 2nd place 
Kisha & Jen
 3rd place 
Tammy & Victor
 4th place 
Margie & Luke
 5th place 
Jaime & Cara
Former NFL Cheerleaders
 6th place 
Mel & Mike
 7th place 
Mark & Michael
Amanda & Kris


  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Blind U-Turn.
  • This episode's title is said by Mike, referring to the group of racers stuck at the Construct detour.