Day 10: Sunday, 23 April 2023 – Tbilisi, Georgia (41°69′N – 44°80′E)

If you smile at me, I will understand. Cause that is something everybody everywhere does in the same language.” – Wooden Ships lyrics from Crosby, Stills & Nash

Good afternoon from Georgia. No, not that Georgia! Georgia the country.

Teams converged last night in Tashkent after three days of scavenges, were quickly given their 4-Hour Notice, & we caught an o-dark-thirty flight from Tashkent (TAS), here to Tbilisi (TBS), Georgia, crossing the Caspian Sea. In general, everyone was in good spirits with stories to tell. Talk about stamina & creativity. New lifetime memories created. We will be holed up at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi for two nights.

First, the Old News–at least to us. After Peer Review & Road Official scoring procedures, here’s what we know about Leg 3, Uzbekistan’s tricky travel triangle Par 4:
11th Place: Burkes in Wanderland with 810 points.
10th Place: Hem & Haw with 880 points & winners of the 4-legged beastie challenge.
9th Place: Free 2B, earned 930 points.
8th Place: Mom’s on the Run did 26 scavenges earning 1,115 points.
7th Place: Bar Setters did 27 scavenges for 1,275 points.
6th Place: Look, Squirrel earned 1,320 points & completed 2 Bonus scavenges.
5th Places: Trip Tellers completed 32 scavenges for 1,415 points.
4th Place: Rayven earned 1,605 points doing 37 scavenges.

None of those Teams made it to Bukhara, a high-point target-rich environment. But the top three Teams all did get there, and their scores show it:
3rd Place: The indefatigable Cubs Fans, who completed 30 scavenges earning 1,731 points.
2nd Place: The champs, Lawyers w/o Borders, did 44 scavenges earning 2,355 points.
1st Place: The wannabe champs, Order & Chaos, were not only the first Team to complete a Bukhara scavenge–by mere minutes, and that was the difference in this leg, earning 2,545 points!

Congrats to all. Please click here to view the newly minted Official Leaderboard following Leg #3, the top three podium-leaning Teams are (like golf, low score wins):
3rd Place: Team Rayven with 23 points.
2nd Place: Lawyers w/o Borders at 18 points.
1st Place: A a clean sheet so far from Order & Chaos, with 8 points.

Three-Things I Learned from Uzbekistan’s Par 4 Leg: analysis, takeaways and fact-checks.
1 – Holidays are challenging times to travel between cities in Middle-Developed Countries. (Just ask SouthWest Airlines over Christmas 2022!)
2 – The Teams are really bonding well, friendships are forming and their competitive spirits are not affected.
3 – Lifetime memories are being created by the hour with the abundant amount of wow’s they are experiencing.

One-Minute Interview with Cubs Fans.

Okay…on to new business: Teams have just 48-hours spread out over three days here in Georgia to tackle about 50 scavenges. Our Leg #4 check in time is Tuesday at around noon, after which we will have a little Rest & Relaxation hospo event for the Teams to unwind and swap war stories…and drink some wine.

Five sample TBS Scavenges:
Taste Test Time Caviar edition.
● Play taxicab roulette.
● Take a local cooking class.
● Go paragliding.
● and of course, take a wine-tasting tour.

A quick lay of the land: Georgia, is a very European country centered at intersection of Europe and Asia. It is a former Soviet republic, nestled between the Black and Caspian Seas with the Caucasus Mountains serving as a the natural barrier between Asia and Europe. European, but caught between Russia to the North, Persia to the East and Turkey to the West. Armenia and Azerbaijan are Georgia’s immediate next-door neighbors. Multicultural influences are abundantly clear here. Plus, it is the historic home of wine!

More from Tbilisi tomorrow…

Finally, remember that The Global Scavenger Hunt has always been about more than traveling around the world competing for The World’s Greatest Travelers crown in the world travel championship… it is about helping others help themselves through the GreatEscape Foundation. This year, to celebrate our event’s 16th edition, we aim to fund two schools in places that really need them. Co-ed elementary schools at that. So, if you have it in your heart to not eat lunch out this week and make a small one-time $25 online donation during the 2023 event, we know a lot of kids needing an education that would thank you. Thank you all because we know that every little bit helps a lot. (FYI: All individual donation names will be put in a hat, and on 5 May, we will select a winner for a fun special prize—it will be worth much more than your $25+ donation!). Thank you!

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