Leg 16.11 – “Which mouth do we go into?”
The penultimate Leg! Only three teams will make it out of this Leg for a chance at the Finish Line and the grand prize. And this penultimate Leg will take place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
All teams will be on the same Eithad Airways and Cathay Dragon flights via Hong Kong, arriving in Kaohsiung at 12:25pm.
Once in Kaohsiung, teams must make their way to the Old British Consulate and search the area for their next clue.
That clue points teams to the Gushan Ferry Terminal which they must reach via the Sizihwan MRT Station.
Here, teams will rent a bike and then take the ferry to Cijin Island.
On Cijin Island, teams will find the next clue at the Rainbow Church.
Teams will now ride their bikes along a marked and numbered flagged path while being advised to be aware of their surroundings. Once teams return to the Rainbow Church, they will learn that they must identify six different landmarks along the path and put them in the order they encountered them along their ride.
Teams must ride their bike back onto the ferry before figuring out the next clue: “In the dragon, out the tiger.”
That clue refers to the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. Teams must figure out that they must run in through the dragon’s mouth and then out the tiger’s mouth, per tradition, to reverse their fortunes form bad to good and receive their next clue. If they don’t enter and exit in the correct way, they will not be given the next clue until they figure out their mistake.
The next clue will reveal the Detour: Light It Up or Brush It Out.
In Light It Up, teams must make 50 traditional lanterns used during the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival. Once completed, teams will be given a lantern with writing on it to keep until further notice.
In Brush It Out, teams must grind their own ink in order to use calligraphy to write out a phrase. Once approved, they will be given the scroll to keep until further notice.
Teams must now make their way to the Formosa MRT Station where they will find the Road Block: Who’s feeling glassy eyed? This is the 12th Road Block of the Race. Each team member can only do a maximum of six Road Blocks per 12 on the Race.
For this Road Block, teams must put together a glass puzzle representing moments from the Race, ensuring they place each piece in the correct spot and without breaking any piece. Each team will have only one extra duplicate for each piece. If they break both glass pieces, they will incur a 10-minute penalty for each broken piece.
After the Road Block, teams will be told to refer to their lantern or calligraphy scroll to reveal the Pit Stop for this Leg of the Race: the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.
The first team to check in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+. The first three teams will secure their spot in the Final Leg.
That means the last team to check in here WILL be eliminated.
A very nice penultimate Leg in Taiwan! Taiwan was also only visited once on TARPHDME. And it was at the beginning of the Race. So this was a nice opportunity to return and have it at the end of the Race this time.
It should be a full and competitive Leg. We start out with the Route Marker at the very touristy location. But getting here and then to the next Route Marker will require teams navigating public transportation which can always give teams some trouble. It could also ensure all teams are neck and neck.
Next is getting our teams to Cijin Island. It looks to be a wonderful location. Perfect for our 4K UHD drone shots. The task here is inspired by TAR30’s safari Partner Swap task. Teams must ride their bikes along a path and then put locations in order as they encountered them. Maybe some teams will do well and get it on their first attempts. Others might have to repeat the bike path. This is where teams might start to break away from each other.
Next is a simple Route Marker at the pagodas. Our hope here is one team cannot figure out the little tradition of entering through the dragon and out the tiger. That should make a good two minutes of drama. If they don’t do it correctly, the clue giver won’t hand them the next clue.
The Detour is straightforward, but could prove tedious for teams especially as this is the penultimate Leg. It just requires team to be careful and follow directions.
Finally, the big Road Block. I think there could be a different task here, taking advantage of the beautiful glass windows. But putting together a puzzle and mixing in some memory challenge should be good. Another hope is a team breaks their pieces so they have to wait out a penalty! That would be brutal!
And of course, another “Keep until further notice” Pit Stop clue. Just an extra challenge for teams in the Leg. And the Leg should be finished in the evening and hopefully after dark!
Overall, a good solid penultimate Leg in Taiwan!