Meredith and Gretchen are making their way toward the clue box, followed by a frustrated Brian and Greg, who have noticed that Meredith and Gretchen? Yeah, not exactly speed demons. I don't know if they're driving with the turn signal on, but they're otherwise sort of embracing the driving-behind-your-grandpa stereotype. The boys pass the couple, and both teams arrive at the Yield, both declining to use it. The boys are the first (and, it will turn out, only) team to choose to Pedal, while Meredith and Gretchen take Paddle. Helmets are strapped on. As they boys take off on their bikes, they take note of how it's "just like when [they] were kids." Maybe they were always trying to outrun their aunts and uncles or something. Meredith and Gretchen get into their raft.
Lynn and Alex! Rob and Amber! Who will arrive at this early clue box first? It's a credit to the editing that this paddle-battle is almost as tense as it would be if it made a whit of difference. "I hate them so much," Alex snots in an interview. You "hate" them? Golly. "I was just so sick at that point of Rob and Amber being in front of me," he adds. Oh. Okay, that's what "hate" is referring to, then. That's not really hating them, that's hating looking at their backs. Lynn and Alex apparently set themselves to the task of passing Rob and Amber in the rafts, which they do, through apparently flawless rowing execution and the effects of several of the deadly sins colliding in one majestic burst of energy. And, you know, it's easy to mock Amber for looking like her tiny arms are about to fall off, but it's also easy to forget that this wasn't the quick dip in and out that they make it appear here. It was seven miles, which is not a short distance. Lynn and Alex were very close behind Rob and Amber, and had a very long time to make up a very short distance. And ultimately, Lynn and Alex do indeed jump out of the river with their raft just ahead of Amber and Rob. Spiteful mission accomplished, and God knows it's not like I can't relate to that.