Last Month Drodgey and I represented The Nads Oyster Racing at the Portland Challenge Nation. After what felt like a sprint loop around downtown Portland we barely edged out Quest 47 by just two minutes to take the win.
Here is the quick and dirty:
Challenge Nation is a familiar format - a sheet with twelve clues; you are allowed to skip one. (We skipped miming a wedding ceremony.) The proof a task is completed is a photo.
From the start we headed to the riverfront and snapped a photo of a navy crew member with their boat, and a woman with a Celtics Jersey. Then we ran across the Burnside Bridge to take a photo at the midpoint, then to the skate park on the other side of the bridge to get a photo of a graffiti mural which required a bit of bushwhacking. Then back over the bridge.
Then after some painful deliberation about what movie to reenact, we reenacted a scene from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with a street musician and a stranger.
We took a photo in front of some old building (check out the photo bombers in the background). From there we ran to the Salmon Street Fountain for a picture.
A geography riddle sent us to the Portland Building, where we took a photo of us with the building and the Portlandia statue. We were use both hands to grade both with thumbs up or thumbs down. No selfie photos on that one.
Then we took a photo mimicking the pose of a pioneer statue.
Then to Pioneer Courthouse Square where there was a pretty cool map made from potted flowers for the Rose Festival. We were to take a picture of one of us in front of the country we have most recently visited.
While we were in the square, Drodgey managed to find a family from Michigan for the task that required us to get a photo of somebody from a state starting with B,N,M or P. Thanks for the hint Challenge Nation: “hint-no states start with b”. The woman was willing to take a picture with us, but thought we wore matching uniforms and race numbers, and ran around town scamming people to get photos of their id’s so we could steal their identity. Better safe than sorry, she let us take the picture but covered all her personal info.
Because we found the family from Michigan, we were done so we booked it to the finish.
It was a fun afternoon. We always like when the finish line is at a bar, and this one was at On Deck Sports Bar & Grill. On Deck did a great job with the after party.
Thanks Challenge Nation. Thanks to our “phone-a-friend”. And a big thank to the Oyster Racing Series for letting us run for them!