The driving puzzle this time was a bunch of audio clips of lines from famous movies, and our task was to identify the movies and then fill them into the following grid:
|Driving Puzzle to Chicago. The bottom looks Greek to me.|
The non-bolded text, after applying the Vigenere, decoded to:
YOUR HEAD MUST BE IN THE CLOUDS AT THIS LOVELY PLACE
THOUGH SOON A SQUARE YOU MUST FIND WHERE COLUMNS SIT AND WAIT
THERE YOU SEEK SOMETHING CHEWY NOW INDEED
FOR HE MADE IT CHEWY TO HELP YOU TO SUCCEED
BY HIS MARK ON THE PLACE LIKE A FALCON YOU WELL KNOW
THAT WHICH WAITS IN QUOTES SHALL LEAD YOU FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD
We figured whatever this led to would help us decode the rest of the message. As we had a lot of driving yet before we'd reach Chicago, we tried to see how far we could get. We quickly realized that the place we were looking for was Wrigley Square (the "chewy" references) in Millenium Park (the "falcon" reference), and that we were looking for a plaque or reference to Wrigley himself. With this in mind, we found this image online:
|This sign was chewy indeed.|
|Jonathan finally finds a mirror of the appropriate size.|
When we called the phone number, we heard a live rendition of "If I Only Had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz. After a little research, we found that there was an Oz Park in Chicago that had statues of all the Wizard of Oz characters! Cool! And surely, we'd be looking for Scarecrow, who sings that song. It was after 11 PM at this point, and were off to our second location in Chicago.
|We were at Oz Park at night after it was technically closed, so we destroyed the evidence and instead show you this stock photo of what it looks like during the daytime.|
So we head to Kingston Mines, a place I had visited many years before with my friend Sanmit, who lived in Chicago at the time. I never would have guessed at the time that it would end up the finish line for an epic journey across the country some years later. The finish line, I say? Yes, that's right, when we arrive at Kingston Mines just before midnight, Josh tells us that the race is over and he hands us the Iron Raven! He says we won by 2 hours and 6 minutes, and the other teams have already gone back to their hotels for the night.
|Ladies and Gentleman, your GAR 3 Champions, complete with photobomber.|
|Nothing tastes better than victory except for possibly authentic Chicago pizza.|
It was a great end to a great race... or was this really the end? Stay tuned...