Subscribe to the Big Brother Live Feeds

Author Topic: Great American Road Trip  (Read 9801 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Great American Road Trip
« on: July 07, 2009, 11:14:53 PM »
Tonight was the first episode of Great American Road Trip. Host Reno Collier is a low-key guy and does a nice job. The 7 families assemble at Wrigley Field in Chicago where they get a brief briefing and go to their RVs for a trip down Route 66 to Los Angeles. Reno states that this is not a race. There will be a morning challenge for a special family treat and the 3 lowest scoring families in that will have to compete in the Elimination Challenge at the end of the day or the next day.

The Families are:

Ricos from Katy, TX
Favereys from Long Island NY
DiSalvatores from Yonkers NY
Cootes from Chicago
Pollards from Newton AL
Montgomerys from Montclair CA
Katzenbergs from Westport CT

The only catch is that the Katzenbergs are still blending a family but their wedding is in the near future. Based on what I see from the children, I pick them to win the whole competition.

One observation I make from the beginning is that these are model families with 2.0 children, one a boy and one a girl(except the Montgomerys and DiSalvatores have 2 boys each. Also, most of the women seem to be the rulers of these families for this type of trip.

Each of the beautiful RVs has been customized for several items the families requested for themselves. The caravan of RVs takes off for Springfield IL where they camp out overnight, empty their "brownwater" from the toilet tank and go the the Illinois State Fairgrounds for a competition. It is about presidential elections and one member of each team has to don a huge head mask, Nixon, Kennedy, Clinton, etc.  One of the parents on each team elects to do this. Then the team loads the "president" up with rectangular ballots which have to be taken through an obstacle course with the other 3 family members guiding the "president." It includes going through a series of inflatable backyard pools, through hedges and over a square area crisscrossed with red tape (what a nice touch!). The winners of this are the Cootes, although another team accuses them of cheating and after Reno restates the rules decides that they erred and apologizes. The Katzenbergs, Montgomerys and Favereys were the unlucky bottom 3.

That evening the RVs drive to Madison IL and the Cootes get to have dinner on the center (Illinois/Missouri border) of a narrow Mississippi River crossing with the mayor. The next day all teams cross into Missouri and drive to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. the elimination challenge is set up there with mini-arches on a course. The goal is to get a zorb through all the mini-arches using a string that is tied to the beginning point and 458 feet long, just enough if the correct course was taken. One member of the team, always a small girl, was strapped inside the zorb for visual effect. The Favereys go first while the other 2 teams are sequestered so they cannot gain intelligence and the other 4 teams watch. They finish in about 30 minutes. The Katzenbergs are even worse at 41 minutes. The Montgomerys blitz through in 2 minutes since the son knows geometry and used it to figure the shortest route before the zorb was rolled.

The Gateway Arch elimination challenge was fabulous. The concept of using mathematics before you act is something that should be tried on the Amazing Race.

So the Katzenbergs will not be winning this competition. They are sent home and the Mrs. Katzenberg-to-be takes this as a sign that she ought to be finishing the planning of their wedding. She invites the other families to attend.

I can recommend this show for light entertainment. It is no Amazing Race but it's fun.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2009, 06:41:01 AM by apskip »


Offline puddin

  • **puddinpiepork**
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 85481
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2009, 11:49:34 PM »
I already started a topic here apskips but this is fine. There was not a lot of interest lol ..
Anyway I half watched it but from what I heard is that if I want to listen to screaming whiny children then I could just turn my tv off, no need to watch GART.

Subscribe to the Big Brother Live Feeds

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009, 06:40:00 AM »
puddin,

I was aware of the other topic, but it was for Great American Road Trip - Planned and Coming. Now it's here and deserves its own topic in the Other Reality Show thread. Being in a lesser thread has doomed my Expedition Africa(an interesting show) commentary to oblivion so I wasn't going to let that happen here. The adults on this show are more high maintenance than the kids, although there was some sibling rivalry apparent among a few of the kids on the road. I'm sure there will be more based on my experience as a parent. That is pretty much par for the course, as are arguments between spouses, but the arguments between teams are new and different.


Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2009, 01:35:53 PM »
We watched about 2/3rds of this and it's a good summer show. I didn't realize there were 7 families competing and didn't get to see how the motor homes were configured for each family. We began about the time they discharged their "brownwater"

I have to agree with puddin, I don't particularly care to watch or hear kids fighting.  )-** (Grand kids provide enough of this for me.)  :lol:
Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2009, 03:27:12 PM »
OK, puddin and TexasLady. Go ahead and order the fighting siblings to stop (if that were possible in a previously taped reality TV show). Imagine the compliance (NOT). Do you think you coulkd accopmlish something their parents either cannot or will not?

I grew up in a "motor home" family and had to travel in one for 3 years as a teenager before college liberated me. I found the quarters cramped and generally disliked it, but my brother and sister had better experiences than me and both own motor homes.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2009, 04:44:40 PM by apskip »


Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2009, 07:10:09 PM »
OK, puddin and TexasLady. Go ahead and order the fighting siblings to stop (if that were possible in a previously taped reality TV show). Imagine the compliance (NOT). Do you think you coulkd accopmlish something their parents either cannot or will not?

I grew up in a "motor home" family and had to travel in one for 3 years as a teenager before college liberated me. I found the quarters cramped and generally disliked it, but my brother and sister had better experiences than me and both own motor homes.

Actually when the sister hit the brother I wondered if the dad would have an accident trying to deal with them and drive the motor home while it appeared the mom just sat there watching them.  :funny: (My dad would have pulled over and killed the both of us...)

Three years traveling in a MH apskip. I guess it was fun at first but not so much after the first few months eh?
« Last Edit: July 08, 2009, 07:13:25 PM by TexasLady »
Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2009, 10:20:30 PM »
TexasLady, it was "only" every non-winter weekend and vacations.

Offline puddin

  • **puddinpiepork**
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 85481
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2009, 02:10:39 PM »
The Great American Road Trip disappoints, punted to Mondays

Posted Jul 11th 2009 12:03PM by Jason Hughes
Filed under: Other Reality Shows, Programming, OpEd
The Great American Road TripEven in the summertime, it took only one week of ratings less than half of America's Got Talent on Tuesday night to get The Great American Road Trip relocated to Monday, starting immediately.

http://www.tvsquad.com/2009/07/11/the-great-american-road-trip-disappoints-punted-to-mondays/

Offline Pedaler

  • Amazing Race Detective
  • RFF Donor
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 615
  • I love Reality TV!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009, 10:07:34 PM »
I finally got around to watching this program.  Ehhh, I don't think I'll watch another.  It should air on Nick instead of a network.


TAR 8 casting director >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Great American Road Trip casting director.



Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2009, 08:56:11 PM »
GART, episode 2

We start in St. Louis minus the Katzenberg family. The motor home cavalcade rolls to Ted Drewes' frozen custard dessert stand where you can turn it upside down (except over the camera) and it stays in place it's got such high viscosity. Meramec Caverns southwest of St. Louis is next. They get to be guided by a Jesse James impersonator though the stalagtites and stalagmites. They sleep in that area and are awakened at 6am by Reno playing the banjo badly.

I guess that is a metaphor for what is about to happen. The weekly "King of the Road" challenge will be in Branson Missouri and each family will give a 4 minute performance, which they will develop while driving there 200 miles away. What a setup! Each family creates an act. When they get to the Andy Williams Theatre in Branson they do makeup and are told they will have time to rehearse. Reno lied to them, as there is a local audience of 200 to 300 waiting for unintentional comedy night. The judges are 3 heavyweights: Andy Williams himself for showmanship, Yacov Smirnov (who must in town performing himself) for comedy and the Mayor of Branson Raeann Pressley for other.

Let the acts begin!
Disalvatore Family - has rehearsed a skit where the mom has to do a rap patter (similar to basketball cheerleading I remember from decades ago). I don't think they do well.

Rico Family - has a pretty nice act with the dad all over the place. I say quite good, Yacov says good comedy.

Pollard Family - they can't sing Old MacDonald worth a damn. They do an Alabama style of dance, arcane and better left non-performed. However, one of the kids closes with a full front flip which is impressive. I think they do badly, but what do I know? I only recap America's Got Talent acts every week it's on.

Montgomerys - came on next with their version of Old McDonald Had a Farm, which I think is way superior to the Pollard's version. The kids play clarinet and violin although you can't hear them very well over the din. Andy Williams says "interesting".

Favereys - their own New York style rap introducing their family. Mom forgets her opening lines but gets into the spirit. This was blah. Andy Williams say "boring."

Cootes - a rap spiel with cheerleading and comedy. I think this one is easily the best of the night. Andy Williams calls it "terrific".

Which 3 teams will be facing a shootout the next day? The losers are judged to be DiSalvatores, Favereys and Montgomerys. I guess that's about right. They are told that the heat is off and they are safe until the next episode, as nobody is eliminated this week and there will be no additional negative competition. The Pollards are given the award for Best in Show, the prize for which is a night at thet Best Western Inn-Branson, much appreciated by the parents who have their own room.

However, there will be a positive competition among the 3 top families. All motor homes drive to Carthage MO to the Route 66 Drive-In Theatre there. The Cootes, Pollards, and Ricos compete for the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to the movie opening of Aliens in America in Los Angeles. Quite a nice prize! There is a pattern of classic cars laid down either parellel or perpendicular across a wide area of a parking area. There is a refreshment stand with popcorn and soda at the far end. The dads have to maneuver there and back blindfolded with only directional controls from one of their children guiding them. Dad Rico is out of it from the beginning and he never was in the thick of the battle. Dad Coote vs. Dad Pollard both made it to the refreshment stand in a dead heat and they finished the same way. Dad Coote won by a fraction of a second. The Cootes won last week to stay alive and this week to go on top. They express a lot of joy and overconfidence. All families get to see the film "aliens in America at the Drive-In where they are staying.

Where will they go next week? You can bet they will be going generaly west. I see Joplin MO and Oklahoma City OK on the map ahead, so that's where we might see teams next week. For viewers of this show, it is now Mondays at 8pm on NBC.


Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2009, 02:25:07 PM »
I finally got around to watching this program.  Ehhh, I don't think I'll watch another.  It should air on Nick instead of a network.


TAR 8 casting director >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Great American Road Trip casting director.


Was TAR 8 a little bland?  :lol:   It's a nice summer show for the family to watch, it would fit in with Nick or Disney.  :js:
Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!

Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2009, 02:33:42 PM »
Thanks for the recap apskip.  :tup:  The part I enjoyed was watching the kids control their dads path to get the refreshments. It really was close and they did a good job. (It disturbed me though when Mom Cootes dropped/threw the refreshment tray on the ground. It was a teachable moment.  :groan:

BTW apskip, the "Long Long Trailer," starring Lucie and Desi Arnez, was my favorite movie when I was a kid and I always wanted to travel around in one just like they did. (Except for the uphill drive up the mountain.)  :-[  I think I'd have loved your family trips... unless you had a mean brother.  :lol:
Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2009, 03:39:33 PM »
Texas Lady,

Since putting anything on this thread appears equivalent to a private conversation, I will share with you some insights of my travels. I was the oldest child, so none of my siblings was in a position to give me any grief. We traveled all over New England and eastern Canada. One of my father's favorites was Old Orchard Beach in Maine and another Prince Edward Island. We got almost as far as Windsor in southwest Ontario. Occasionally we did a trip to the south(I remember "South of the Border" at the NC/SC state line) and went as far as Key West (you can't get any further south in the lower 48 states). After I went to college my silbings and parents took a long trip all the way to the west coast and back but I was too busy and not interested enough to join them. I bet most people would have enjoyed these trips. I liked where we went, but not the on-the-road experience itself.

I have see the Long Long Trailer multiple times. It was from the early Desi/Luci era, 1953.

Offline georgiapeach

  • Amazing Race Moderator
  • RFF Board Moderator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 39728
  • TAR Detective
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2009, 05:58:12 PM »
Thanks for the recaps apskip!!

:lol: I remember South of the Border too...bumper sticker mania there, if you parked for ten minutes you got one...
"Our fans are pretty good. They don't give away too much. Sometimes people love dropping spoilers, but our fans are good. They tend to do it in such a way that doesn't ruin it for fans who don't want to know."--Phil Keoghan

Offline tory

  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 803
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2009, 05:28:16 PM »
i love this show  :hearts: :hearts: my dad took us on a trip one yr i was 14 i think i am 51 now, i am the oldest of 4 it was fun and i was a hippy bk then and still rember how fun it was we went up the east coast from va to canada and down threw niagra falls, the thing i rember most is that my mo would not leave hm with out the microwave.lamo one of the frist micro's off the press, tooo funny my fablous mom had to bring the microwave.
and ps my dad got us into disney the frist yr it opened and we dorve down in a griswalled station wagon my 4 sib's mom and dad and my grandparents talk about rember the south of the border signs..lol on the way bk we thteraten my grand mom we were going to put her out with a sign lol.. va or bust...the good old days..
tv junky needs help!!!!!

Subscribe to the Big Brother Live Feeds

Offline tory

  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 803
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2009, 05:35:28 PM »
oh and ps i think it is the situations we relate to on this show that make it so funny.
i have northen relitives and being from va every year we would go to ct to see them, loved them btw and every yr i got teased for saying you'll, they loved it and i loved teasing them for saying yous's guys, so on the frist epi i was weeping i was loling so hard , @ the ny dad and the allabama mom omg sooo funny and so cute love loved it..
tv junky needs help!!!!!

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2009, 07:13:37 AM »
It's episode 3 of this summer show. The 6 families have to travel to Independence KS in the southeast corner of the state and are encouraged to sing "Home on the Range". They next visit the "Little House on the Prairie" House where a docent family demonstrates what life was like in the 19th century in that area. Notable is an outdoor stove(foreshadowing?). The trip out from there involves a fairly narrow 2 lane road with a 65 mph speed limit sign. The DiSalvatores nearly run out of gas. Silvio tells Amy that they will connect the gas tank to her and she can gas it up.

My favorite family is now the Ricos. I like Ricardo's low-key nature and Erica's quiet charm. Unfortunately in challenges requiring speed or strength their children Mason and Blake are small and at a disadvantage contributing to the group effort. Being my favorite was the kiss of death for the Montgomerys. Will I do it again?

The families' motor homes arrive at the Red Buffalo Ranch where a "fire and meat" King of the Road competition will occur. The winning family gets a new Weber grill that is in the "nearly $1000 value" category as best I could tell. The 6 dads are competing and the rest of their families do a blind tasting on the burgers. The dads cook at least 8 burgers (one for themselves, presumably one of Reno, and one for each of 6 families) in 30 minutes. They have a wide range of extras and condiments available but most do not use much.  The families score each burger and comment on it.

Just on visual presentation and use of ingredients I would expect Ron Pollard to do well and also Ricardo Rico. Unfortunately as time runs out Ricardo's burgers are grossly undercooked, which makes them almost sure to be in the bottom 3.  The DiSalvatore Family really likes a certain burger; it should be no surprise that it's one cooked by Silvio. However, his scores from the other judges are abysmal and they go into the bottom 3. Lenny Faverey is rated the worst, which puts him in the bottom 3. The actual scores and the names of each burger are:

A. Meaty Montgomerys - score not shown but above 28 and less than 45.6

B. Silvio's Dream Burger - 24.6

C. McRico Burger Premier - 28

D. Bar B Coote Burger - it wins the prize for original and appropriate name plus the overall competition with 45.6

E. Faverey's Special - 26

F. Pollard Patty - not shown but above 28 and less than 45.6

So the DiSalvatores, Favereys and Ricos will face off in the later Elimination Challenge.  Keith Coote brought home the bacon for his family's third straight win. Although it was the Cootes who were offended by a false accusation of cheating in episode 1, there is no lost between the DiSalvatores and Amie Pollard. She wants them out and roots for the other 2 teams.

Next stop is at TallGrass Prairie Preserve, 37,000 acres in western Oklahoma (so I thought) loaded with bison/buffalo. Someone remarked that's buffalo is a good eating meat (he is right; it's lean and better for you than beef). They stop at Applebee's and ask for "a table for 24" which is a group of smaller tables.

The geographer in me wanted to find out where Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is. It's so special that it's not even on my Rand McNally U.S. state map set. It is 88 miles north (to central Kansas, but the wrong way to LA) and 44 miles west (the correct direction) from Independence. You will find it in Cottonwood KS, which is possible to find on the map but you have to look very carefully west of Emporia. I am surpised that NBC's producers would plot a route that deviates so strongly from Route 66, which goes southwest from Carthage MO down to Oklahoma City before turning due west. The families at Cottonwood are 235 miles off course.

The families drive on through Oklahoma to Amarillo TX, which is a pretty long drive and they eventually arrive. There must have been some good "family time" in that segment. On arrival they find the expected elimination Challenge. Each team has to transport with back and arm and leg power a group of about 12 items of varying size and shape which muct be placed along with themselves through chutes from the stockyards to reach a map of the state of Texas to finish. The Ricos go first and score 220 (presumably seconds left counting down from maybe 500). The Favereys get 347 and are safe. The DiSalvatores get 346 and are also safe. The Rico's vacation is over.
 
So I am sure you are asking "who do I like next best" so they can be eliminated next week. I guess it is the Montgomerys. I do not like the Favereys or DiSalvatores or the Pollards and I am somewhat indifferent to the Cootes. We'll see next Monday night at 8pm.




Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2009, 01:53:52 PM »
I really am enjoying this show. It was sad to see the Rico family go. Probably the Coote family will win, but I hope not.
Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2009, 05:41:22 PM »
It is sad to see each of the families eliminated, but that is the way that reality shows typically work. I do not agree that the Coote family has a lock on the end prize in spite of their King of the Road Challenge victories. Most of these challenges involve the entire family and the Coote children are a bit younger than the others. I would watch out for the Pollard and Montgomery children, who appear to be older and stronger than the Coote children. I expect it to be just like the Amazing Race. A team can win the majority of legs but not have any special advantage in the final leg, which can have luck-based elements.

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009, 06:00:56 PM »
This episode starts with a drive to Adrian TX where the Midpoint Cafe is famous as the halfway point on Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. Teams get a pie-eating contest there for $200 spending money for souvenirs in the gift shop there. The winners are the Montgomerys, who enjoy their new possessions. The teams drive to Albuquerque NM where they park their RVs at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Anyone can do the "Balloon ride" but it appeared to me be to only a tether so they really weren't going anywhere. If they did, it would have required many balloons and I only saw one.

The King of the Road Challenge was at Albuquerque International Airport and involved loading mannikins from a bus onto an empty plane in 5 minutes. The teams who got the most strapped in would win a flight to Phoenix and an overnight stay at a resort and spa near there with luxury accomodations, services and food and wine. All teams evolved a divison of labor approach with different people doing different tasks, but the strap-them-in task was the hardest and the adults were doing that. The Montgomerys missed one final strap-in by a hair. The final tally was:

DiSalvatores 29 and going to the End of the Road Challenge
Favereys and Montgomerys tied with 46 and going to the End of the Road Challenge
Pollards 47 one ahead of the Montgomerys
Cootes 49 winning this for the 4th (I think this is correct) episode in a row

Teams went to Applebee's Car SidestoGo for their meals and gave that restaurant a nice product placement. Then they drove 236 miles to Holbrook AZ in sometimes bad weather. They stay the night in the Wigwam Motel, whose accomodations are only teepees.

The End of the Road Challenge was near the top of Meteor Crater in Winslow AZ. Teams were lying on chaise lounges and spotting "UFOs" as they flew over. These were:

1. Telephone set
2. Lawn Mower
3. Bowling Ball
4. Football
5. Golf Bag
6. Computer Monitor
7. Grill
8. ?
9. 3 things tied together
10. Kid's bike
11. 3 irons tied together

Teams were then taken to a board where they had to place square pieces for each item into its correct order on that board. The DiSalvatores finished first, then the Montgomerys and finally the Favereys were eliminated.

Next episode is at the Grand Canyon. That should be good.


Offline 2old4tech

  • RFF Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 163
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2009, 08:07:07 PM »
Good recap apskip


The End of the Road Challenge was near the top of Meteor Crater in Winslow AZ. Teams were lying on chaise lounges and spotting "UFOs" as they flew over. These were:

1. Telephone set
2. Lawn Mower
3. Bowling Ball
4. Football
5. Golf Bag
6. Computer Monitor
7. Grill
8. ?   white teddy bear in wooden chair
9. 3 things tied together pinata that fell apart in the air
10. Kid's bike <---------double kitchen sink was launched between bike and irons
11. 3 irons tied together
They briefly showed the filled in board as Reno was describing what they had to do after all launches.  Kudos that you ID'd all you did.

I always like your posts over in the TAR threads.  Your transportation research is something I look for.
I was disappointed you couldn't finish with Expedition Africa.  The four explorers were great in the finale.

OT - Have you caught the new show on Discovery Channel; The Colony.  10 people abandoned in a post apocalyptic world.  Abandoned warehouse type bldg near downtown Los Angeles.  They must "survive" by their skills and wits.  No eliminations.  A bit contrived, but I like it.  http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/colony/colony.html

I'm not a big poster (always read the TAR and Survivor threads, though); I don't have much to add and am not into "post count" for its own sake.  I've thought about adding a Colony thread, but I'm not sure I could keep it up.  Since no-one else has mentioned the show, there's probably not much interest anyway.

Big coincidence:  The opening sequences were shot in the same spot as the TAR 15 startline.

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2009, 09:51:47 PM »
It's the final 4. From the Flagstaff AZ area (where I believe the caravan would have spent the night after the End of the Road Challenge at Meteor Crater) it's an easy early-morning 2 hour drive to Sedona and Slide Rock State park, where swimming provided the opportunity for fun sliding down chutes of water with singificant rocks to navigate.

The King of the Road Challenge is at the Red Rocks, which are all around Sedona. Reno claims that Sedona is known for the swirling vortex energy(I think he's nuts and Sedona is known for its unique Red Rock formations). Teams will be their own special vortex. Each family has 8 minutes to spin a wheel with a board and a strap to hold the occupant down. The most spins in 8 minutes wins. The winning family gets a private helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon.

The Cootes put daughter Cassidy on the wheel and I think she was the lightest of all "occupants". The results are:
Montgomerys 259
Pollards 307
Cootes 331
DiSalvatores 210

The Cootes win again. The Pollards, Montgomerys and DiSalvatores alll have to compete in the End of the Road Challenge. The Pollards are in the bottom 3 for the first time as they always place second. All teams get to sleep at the Best Western-Sedona.

Next is the Grand Canyon East Rim Drive. The East Rim Drive covers 26 miles between Grand Canyon Village and the Desert View overlook at the East Gate of the park. The sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon impresses everyone. A squirrel makes contact with Amie Pollard and freaks her out temporarily. The Cootes' helicopter ride was superb. It appears to me that the only campground along the East Rim Drive is the Desert View Campground, so that is where teams stayed for the night.

Teams now have to travel to get onto a stationary train on the Grand Canyon Railway terminal in downtown Williams AZ (the first city west of Flagstaff). It is the site of the End of the Road Challenge, a relay race to communicate by listening to and speaking numbers that are combinations to 3 safes on each end of the train with two cars in between.  The Great American Train Robbery involves team members relaying a 6 digit safe combination from an individual in one car to the individual in the 2nd car who will race the length of the car to relay it to the individual in the 3rd car, who will race the length of the car to relay it to the final individual, who will race to the end of the car and open a safe. then the flow is reversed and the combination flows back to the individual in the 1st car, who uses it to open a safe. This is then repeated 2 times before you get the final safe open in car #1. The highest time to complete loses the challenge and is eliminated.

The DiSalvatores go first. Dad Salvatore forgot one digit and it took 2 tries for Blake Disalvatore to open her safe. However, they finished in 7 minutes 2 seconds. Ainslie Pollard screwed up a number by reversing two sets of two digits. They finished in 8 minutes 55 seconds. The Montgomerys younger son screws up the first combination. Dad Montgomery states that he has photographic memory then he immediately screwed up. Those two mistakes made it impossible for them to get a time below the other two teams, who made fewer mistakes. The time for the Montgomerys was 10 minutes 32 seconds.

The Montgomerys go home. Next week is Las Vegas, where the dads apparently disappear in an illusion act. Amie Pollard makes the statement "don't take a redneck to Las Vegas." We'll find out what she means next week, but the Pollards are the only southerners in this competition.


Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2009, 10:32:36 AM »
I add that as a travelogue this program is superior to the Amazing Race. The contestants have time to enjoy where they visit instead of being continually pressed to move forward. It's taking a little time to smell the roses. The competitive factor between teams on the Great American Road Trip is not as finely developed as a result. Remaining teams are genuinely sorry to see the bottom performing team leave (although they would still be pleased to see some of their contuing competition disappear).

Offline apskip

  • Geographer Extraordinaire
  • TAR Detectives
  • RFF Frantic Poster
  • *****
  • Posts: 6198
Great American Road trip
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2009, 08:54:41 PM »
This was the 5th episode of this RV odyssey, with two more to go. I continue to be impressed by the entertainment value of Great American Road Trip. It's not for everyone, a bit hokey at times, but the intra- and inter-family interaction is very interesting to watch. I know that some RFF readers see it as bratty children having tantrums, and there is some of that, but on the whole I find the children to be more interesting than the adults.

On tonight's show the caravan left Williams AZ and went to Seligman AZ, a historic Route 66 throwback town. They were dining for lunch at the RoadKill Cafe. Now I distinctly heard Amie Pollard order quail. That is not road kill. You have to have armadillo or possum or something like that to qualify. I think the producers really let them off the hook. It would be edible and maybe even tasty to eat real roadkill, but eating quail is in a different dimension. I eat quail when available, usually at fancy restaurants for relatively high prices!

Next stop is Hoover Dam as the RVs crossed from Arizona into Nevada. Their instruction book directed them to the Observation Deck and who should appear but Reno Collier. He told them it was time for a King of the Road Challenge to mimic the power generation facilities of Hoover Dam on a smaller scale. There was a large box of pipe and fittings to connect it. It had to be threaded through specific holes in pillars on a concrete surface. When connected to reach a mini-turbine, the water flow would generate enough air to blow up an inflatable connected to the turbine. Quickest time to finish wins this challenge.

The Pollards go first and generally do a good job, helped by Ron being a building contractor. They finish in 20 minutes 33 seconds. The DiSalvatores are next and they had to redo some piping but did OK at 27 minutes 34 seconds. The running joke of this competition is that the Cootes always win the KOTR challenge and the Pollards always finish second. Keith Coote has his wife and kids as plumber's assitants. He got it done in 19 minutes 7 seconds and they win a 5th straight KOTR challenge. The bottom 2 teams are threatened with a potential End of the Road challenge, but Reno does not want to lose a team this episode, so there is none and no team will be eliminated this week.

The top 2 teams are told they will have a special challenge in Las Vegas and the winner will get a night in a huge suite at a resort hotel. The loser family will spend the night in their RV in the parking lot along with the DiSalvatores. Those teams are sent to the Theatre of the Rio Hotel and Reno shows them the "Disapperaing Rabbit" trick which he has been "practicing for 8 minutes". He does it well and then introduces the very famous Penn Jillette. A magic illusion is set up on the stage and Ron Pollard and Keith Coote are asked by Penn (who obviously has been briefed well) to come into the magic cage. They do and in 2 seconds the cage door is opened and out comes Teller. Ron and Keith have disappeared, off on a jaunt with Reno. Their families will have to find them. Clues will direct them to selected Las Vegas hotels until they find their dad. First family to do that will receive that bonus reward.

The families are given a postcad for Circus Circus and run to a waiting limo that takes them there. They see 2 clowns with balloons and they decide to pop the balloons and see what happens. What happens is the letter hidden in some balloons are available to put onto a tray. When you orgainze them properly, it spells the next hotel which is Exacalibur. Jennifer Coote and her kids have never been to Las Vegas before but they figured that out quickly. Amie Pollard and her kids had also never been to Las Vegas (nor had their husbands) and she had trouble deducing Excalibur. The Coote limo got stuck in heavy traffic that miraculouslky disappeared by the time the Pollards came through minutes later. At the Exaclibur, the families had to pull swords and save the ones with letters on them, which spell the name of the next hotel. It took minimal time for the Cootes to deduce Mandalay Bay, but when they left the Pollards were arriving. How could this be? Camera tricks? Or maybe producers who had rigged this for the Pollards to win it for a change. The Pollards were primed for Mandalay Bay, which they had just passed on the way to the Excalibur. They pulled even to the Coote limo on the way there. That would not happen in real life, so I assume it was more producer tricks. So both teams arrive at Mandalay Bay at the same time. My goodness, have we morphed into Hell's Kitchen for a stage managed finish? Yes, I think so. The Cootes and Pollards are shown searching the 25th floor for room 25001. I guess that floor was so huge that the correct path there was not obvious. Who should arrive first? You know it will be the Pollards for their first (and maybe last) win over the Cootes. The Cootes faked taking the loss hard. The Pollards are magnanimous in victory and offer for the other families to stay with them in the palatial suite(it may have been big enough for 12 people plus a few cameramen). The Cootes reject their offer and the DiSalvatores accept it. They join the Pollards for champagne, wine, who knows what else and a fine meal that was set up. The Pollards are also given $500 cash spending money.

I liked this episode better than any other so far. On interesting fact about route 66 is that it never went into Nevada at all. It followed I40 west until intersecting with I15 in Barstow. It then follows I15 to I215 to I210 and then out to the Will Rogers Monument in Santa Monica off I10. One potential detour for the next episode is Death Valley National Park, which is a bit north of that route but probably the most interesting thing anywhere near it.


« Last Edit: August 10, 2009, 10:28:57 PM by apskip »

Offline TexasLady

  • Forum Moderator
  • RFF Assistant Administrator
  • I Live at RFF
  • *****
  • Posts: 23574
  • So much to watch, so little time!
Re: Great American Road Trip
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2009, 11:37:02 AM »
I add that as a travelogue this program is superior to the Amazing Race. The contestants have time to enjoy where they visit instead of being continually pressed to move forward. It's taking a little time to smell the roses. The competitive factor between teams on the Great American Road Trip is not as finely developed as a result. Remaining teams are genuinely sorry to see the bottom performing team leave (although they would still be pleased to see some of their contuing competition disappear).

I agree with you about the show letting them enjoy the various stops and the scenery. I just love this show. I also think they have the perfect host for it with Reno Collier.

I was wondering when they ordered the road kill if it really was anything icky, or just different options for lunch.

I thought it was telling as people, the Cootes who have won so much displayed such bad sportsmanship when they lost the luxury challenge. (You think it was staged apskip?)

I loved this episode, I think it is my favorite one so far.

Welcome Guests and RFF Members! Got an opinion? Join the discussion!


 

Custom Search