Day 23: New York City, USA

Saturday, 6 May 2017 – Day 23: New York City, USA (40.7128° N, 74.0059° W)

“Don’t tell me how educated you are-tell me how much you have traveled.” – Mohammed

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” – Chinese proverb

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The Lotte Palace New York

I’m in a New York state of mind.” – Billy Joel

Welcome to New York…a modern day 309-square mile traffic jam. 

Old Business…the easy-peasy Par 2 Islandic leg results are in following Peer Review assessments and official “honor system” scoring…remember teams could rent a car and do unlimted teaming up (so these scorces are interesting):
In 8th place, two teams that hooked up and traveled Iceland together, Long Gone & NOLA 2nd Line at 585 points.
In 7th place, earning 675 points on the the leg, Thundersnow.
In 6th place, coasting in Iceland, TSA Precheck who did 17 scavenges (maybe the Blue Lagoon a tad too long) and earned 825 points. (And a great bottle of French Champagne upon arrival in NYC for their cheapest hotel room reciept on the Euro leg, cheers!)
In 5th place, ever consistent Flying Snitches completing 21 scavenges and earning 940.
In 4th place, and unfamiliar leader board territory, The Traveling Bohemians who teamed up withy Team Ying, at 1190 points.
In 2nd place, a team that team upped and had a ball together, completing 32 scavenges and earning 1,205 points together: SLO Folks and YOLOGoNow.
And in 1st place, congratulations to The Yings who somehow out earned their 24-hour teammates by 40 points on the Par 2 leg with 1,230 points completing 26 scavenges.

That means that after seven completed legs (par 26 of 27  completed)…the overall top 3 teams are:
3. SLO Folks with 79
2. TSA Precheck Yourself with 73, and
1. Team Ying with 43.

Again, congrats to all and you can click here to view the updated Official Leader Board.
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That of course means that there is a fight for 2nd place and those two teams need to finish strong to keep their spots.
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So, while in New York City on this cloudy gray day (with a 30% chance of showers by 3PM) we have a short n’ sweet one last little 8-hour urban scavenger hunt here in New York City before we crown The World’s Greatest Travelers this afternoon at 4:00PM…A quick 8-hour Par 1 scavenger hunt…a few bonuses and 30 other optional scavenges…finish strong and have fun everyone!

Big Apple Scavenges:
-take in a Mets game or a Broadway show
-Enjoy one of the following: a New York bagel, a New York hot dog, a New York deli sandwich, a slice of New York pizza, New York cheesecake, a New York egg cream, or an old-fashion Manhattan!
-locate five pieces from five nations you just visited in the Met
-Visit Strawberry Fields, pay John Lennon tribute
-do one scavenge in each of the five boroughs of New York City

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner (10:20am), Team Thundersnow!

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It really has been a great group this year, and as the Event Director I am thrilled that so many have really embraced the spirit of The Global Scavenger Hunt travel adventure competition, and our unofficial motto of trusting strangers in strange lands. Karma has prevailed and those that give–got; those that smiled–got smiled upon; those that were open to others–were allowed into their worlds. It is a great feeling knowing how much fun people had on this 13th event we have conducted. I am thrilled to have them all back safely and to have shared vicariously in so many wonderful heart-warming stories, yet again!

So, many Teams are now out doing their last days’ worth of fun sight-doing here in the Big Apple. We have a 4:00PM – Check-in and crowing of The World’s Greatest Travelers and winner of the free trip around the world next year to defend their championship, trophy and title! And then we have a wonderful Winners Gala dinner planned this evening, albeit an early one because of everyone’s internal clocks. Our Winners Gala dinner will be held at a nearby Greek) : Ammos Estiatorio at 52 Vanderbilt, between 45th & 46th on Grand Central.
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We will check-in later with the final event results, additional photos and ruminations. Thank you all.

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Day 22: Iceland to NYC bound…

Friday, 5 May 2017 – Day 22: Reykjavik, ISLAND (64.1265° N, 21.8174° W)

Good afternoon from Iceland…since leaving the teams to fend for themselves using their wile, Travel IQ and event acquired travel confidence, we have seen all the teams, except for one: the Flying Snitches. But we know they are out there somewhere…

Funny bumping into teams here and, mostly there in Iceland; from Gullfoss, to Geysir, and from Thingville to busy Laugavegur street. And then milling about pubs too…
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YOLOGoNow + SLO Folks caught…

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On arrival at FEF…almost home!

So, just a few more hours until we board our final event flight back to JFK, a few final days in New York City and the crowning of The World’s Greatest Travelers.

But, old business, we have to close the books on the difficult long Par 6 Euro-leg. Scorces have been reviewed, the math added and re-checked, hotel bills reviewed, search histories scanned, drive-by’s deducted, hotel receipts calculated and GreatEscape Foundation receipts tallied:

Tied for 8th place with no scorce sheets handed in are: NOLA 2nd Line and Long Gone.
In 7th place were the Traveling Bohemians.
In 6th place, enjoying Amsterdam and London a little too much were the Flying Snitches.
In 5th place, completing 5 Bonuses and almost 60 Euro scavenges were Thundersnow.
In a 4th place comeback, working the terrian strategically completing 6 Bonuses and almost 70 scavenges, YOLOGoNow.
In 3rd place, always consistent, always fun, completing 6 Bonuses and just over 80 Scavenges and earning over 4,400 points are SLO Folks,
In 2nd place, completing 6 BIG point-ladden Bosnues and almost 90 scavenges earning 4,900 points are TSA Precheck Yourself.
And that means, in 1st place, and the hallmark of consistency, completing over 100 scavenges in four days across four countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, England and Ireland), Team Ying earning over 5,400 points.

Congrats to all, and that means:
In third place are SLO Folks,
In 2nd place is TSA Precheck Yourself.
and in 1st Place heading to New York City’s finish line are Team Ying.

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See you all again in New York…we have the Blue Lagoon to visit.

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