Back at the bikes, Kenny is doing well, and Gerard and Ian are about at the same spot, Ian having done substantially better than expected with the bike. It's not wide enough on the road for two of these bikes to pass with all the baskets, so when Ian tries to get by Gerard, they bump each other and tip over. "You wrecked me," Ian complains. "I didn't wreck nobody," Gerard comes back sharply. Heh. Meanwhile, Teri is having no luck. Kenny, on the other hand? Loving it. He talks as he pedals the bike down the path. "I usually come to Vietnam on my days off and try to do this, practice up a little bit." I wouldn't put it past him, you know.
Ian and Gerard make their way along. Gerard gets a boost from a couple of guys who help get his bike upright while he pedals. Teri and Ian do the same. Eventually, all three of these racers are pedaling while having their bikes balanced by kids running alongside them. Hmm. That doesn't seem quite kosher.
Boats. Zach tells Flo that he's going to show her exactly how to paddle the boat. "I'm not even tall enough to do this," she whines in her high-pitched voice. She does try it a little bit, and quickly finds that it's really not that impossible to paddle, if you're willing to accept the fact that you don't go fast. But disaster strikes when they figure out that the little island they've been aiming at is the wrong one, and they need to go to another one that's farther out. She balks at this, despite Zach's reassurances that obviously, she's mastered the paddling, so she can do some more of it. She will have none of it. "I want out of this game. Out," she says. (FDD4.) She collapses into the center of her boat and starts crying. Oh, dear.
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In the boats, Flo refuses to go any further. Zach assures her that she can indeed paddle the boat, but she insists that she can't. "My arms are so tired," she whines. Zach tries to get her to do it just a couple of paddles at a time, but she won't. "Zach, I'm not moving!" she yells. She voices over that she was "overwhelmed," and that her "brain had shut down." Yeah, no kidding. In the boat, she is all done. "Get me to the shore!" she demands. "I'm serious."
I think I just figured out what happened in this leg. Flo made her declaration that she wanted to quit, and then she let Zach talk her out of it. And then after that, she had even less responsibility than she had in the past for what happened to them, because everything she was doing was only because he made her do it -- because after all, she wanted to quit. If this were not her line of thinking, how could she possibly make a demand of him like "Get me to the shore"? It only works if you assume that he owes her something, and that's what makes me think that she has actually managed here -- by saying she wants to quit and then not quitting -- to maneuver herself into a situation where she sees herself as the injured party and is taking the position that Zach should be grateful to her. Anyway.