Leg 22.03 – “Heaven won’t help you now.”
It’s time for teams to hop back on the special chartered Cebu Pacific A330neo flight that will take them from Tbilisi, Georgia to Thessaloniki, Greece!
Teams will begin the third Leg of the Race at the early hour of 4am at Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki. And the first clue of the Leg is a Detour! Early Morning or Late Night. Both Detour locations can be reached on foot from the square.
In Early Morning, teams will learn how to make the breakfast pastry bougatsa. One team member will make a sweet version and the other team member will make a savory one. Once they get their bougatsa into the oven, they will each be given a pastry for breakfast along with their next clue.
In Late Night, teams will use a tray to deliver bottles of wine and glasses of liquor to several bars and taverns in the neighborhood to serve to patrons who have had a very late night. If teams can safely make their deliveries without breaking anything, they will be given their next clue.
Teams must now choose a 2023 Kia Sportage and drive themselves to the Ancient Theatre of Larissa.
Like the Greek tradition, teams must smash plates until they find a flag that has been baked in. They will exchange the tiny flag for their next clue.
Teams must drive themselves to the Byzantine Church of Virgin Mary in Kalabaka.
The clue found here directs teams to St. Nikolaos Anapafsas Monastery, one of the many monasteries on the cliffs and peaks of Meteora. At the monastery, teams will meet with a rock climbing company who will take them to the top of the rocks of Meteora.
At the top, teams will retrieve a filled sack and their next clue. Teams must open the clue while still on top. And that clue reveals the Road Block: Who can pot it all back together?
For this Road Block, teams must make their way to the Monastery of Varlaam where they must piece together a Greek pot depicting the monasteries of Meteora.
Hidden somewhere on the pot is the location of the Pit Stop: The Great Meteoron. Teams must make their way on foot to the Mat.
The first team to check-in here will win P200,000 courtesy of Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check-in WILL be eliminated.
So this is definitely a Google-scouted Leg. Greece was one of the most open countries at this time, so it was definitely going to get a visit here. Meteora has also been on my TARPHDME wishlist for a while as well. Unfortunately, Google scouting can only yield so much and I think the Leg as it is here feels too barebones.
Though looking at it on paper, it does seem like a regular TARUS Leg lol
Anyway, I originally had the Pit Start in Larissa as it was closer to Meteora where most of the action will take place this Leg. A Detour would’ve followed the plate smashing. And the Detour was supposed to involve farms in the area or something. So I had that down in my outline. But when I went to write this “episode” out, I couldn’t find where in the world I Google scouted farms in the area. Like WTF! Lol So I just had to find something else.
That ended up having the Leg starting in Thessaloniki instead and then slapping together the Detour at the beginning. Wanting to give teams enough time in Meteora in daylight, I start the Leg in the pre-dawn hour. It kind of worked perfectly with having the bougatsa ready for breakfast. And then with this Ladadika area being a sort of trendy, hip place, having something related to the bars and taverns or whatever seemed like a logical task.
The plate smashing is just an extra task to help fill out the Leg.
The teams running around Meteora, complete with 8K UHD drone shots will be the highlight of the Leg and episode(s) of course. The rock climbing up to the top should be a stunning moment. But I wasn’t really sure what to do at the monasteries other than admire the view and the buildings. Putting together a piece of Greek pottery seems to be an interesting idea. So that’s all I had here.
Anyway, not the most polished Leg ever on TARPHDME. But a great location and great potential for any real TAR to visit.