Thank you Josh Wolak!
We began our fourth day at a coffee shop!! So everyone got their coffee fix before the day’s adventure. Josh informed us during the briefing that sometimes he does things a little different; in particular, his maps. He passed out the clues and map and we quickly realized what he was talking about. A short drive back across the bridge took us downtown. The first clue we attempted took us to a statue with a trumpet and lyre which alluded to the painted name of the adjacent Irish pub. Just a block away we found our second statue of a golden angel which we had noted the night before after leaving the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium. There was a phrase nearb y that held our answer. Thirdly we traveled down Broadway to the Fort of Nashville by the river where we found our next statue and our next answer. The fourth location on the map quickly pointed us to the Ryman Auditorium where we snagged our answer, ran inside into the air conditioning and start to decipher our first answer sheet. A pretty interesting code, using a Caesar Shift and winding snake letter pathway led us to a street musician where we had to sing the correct song to receive an audio CD and 3 more clues. Note: we had just solved clue 5, yet were handed clues 8-10 next.
After spinning our wheels listening to 20 phonetic sounds on the CD, we decide to go back to the artist to ask if he forgot to give us something. It turns out that there was another actor in play that we had to sing some other song to for the clues 6, 7, and another phonetic audio CD. After this little mix up, things starting making sense again. Next we had to find some graffiti in Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Oh yeah, did we mention the ENTIRE bar is covered in graffiti. Using clues for the riddle, we located the proper phrase and moved on. Onward, we hustled to the Charlie Daniels’ Museum, where after quite of bit of time of perusing old photos and what not, we found our next phrase. Our next location appeared to be the Bicentennial Mall State Park behind the Capitol several blocks north of where we were.
We jumped in the car to get there as fast as we could and still be able to make a speedy exit out of town. Up to this point we had not seen Team Blood Shot since the Coffee house early this morning, and feared that they were way ahead. Much to our delight, there they were. After doing some simple math related to population counts in both 1860 and 1980, we were able to crack the next code. Around the mall we finished several clues, and as we pulled to the curb so that Mike and Mat could run across the park to double check one of their answers, Mary and Corina realized that the final answer involved Doric Ruins… the ones we just happened to pull up next to by chance. Mary swiftly jumped out of the van and quickly located the final clue underneath one of the Doric columns and we were off to Atlanta.
The final clue turned out to be the disc number and track order of the phonetic audio CDs, which when played in the correct order, sounded like a drunk monkey telling us which pub to go to in Atlanta.
Just so you can feel our pain, here is how we spelled out each sound:
FER UM EYE SEVEN DEE FIE THEH TAKE EX IH TUH TO FAR DEE NIGH UN AAAY FIR CORE TUH LEND STIR ATE LEFT STIR CARE ISS NORTH EAST LEFT ET PEE DUH MUNT OH TERRR OOLS EYE ERSH PUB
Which basically told us the directions to O’Terrill’s Irish Pub in Atlanta where beer, relaxation and tales of the day’s events awaited.
END DAY 4 (Note: Still in first place, but only by a very small margin)