Ah! What a fantastic day!
I left Saskatoon for Regina around 5:30am, on the assumption that all teams were in Calgary and taking that flight. No such luck. I find out halfway to Regina that some teams have been spotted in Edmonton, taking the earlier flight. I did my best to get to the airport but, believe it or not, Air Canada arrived early. Only three cars were left at the airport. I parked pretty much right beside them and set my camera up in my backseat to film (it's mine until July!). Three teams arrived (M/M, M/M, F/F). They went into the vehicle first, opened a clue, and pulled out a Blackberry. Something told them to go to the parking attendant. It was obviously something more than just a regular "Here's your clue" as all three teams were crowding around and it took about five minutes for them to get their clue ("Trivia question"
). Then they hopped in their cars and drove off.
Only 3 Cars left!
After reading their blackberry, they went to this guy
With me right behind the last place team. I followed them for a ways until they turned to head south east out of the city and I got caught at a red light behind a slow person. Though if you see a gold Hyundai Accent with half the front bumper missing behind the last place team, that's me!
Defeated, I headed to the Legislature. There was a large section of the parking lot blocked off with two kindly old men guarding it.
"Hi, do you know what time Question Period is at?"
"Oh, I'm sorry. We don't work here. We're here just for that Amazing Race thing."
I wandered to the actual Legislature building. There was a man out front.
"Is this open today?"
Looks at me "Are you a contestant?"
"Ummm . . what? No, I'm just a tourist."
I wandered around but saw no flags inside, and none in the park in the immediate vicinity, so I left for Mosaic Stadium.
10am they let all the people in. There was LOTS of downtime here. They were filming the Detour explanations, as well as the video that would play after the first team opens the clue to send them to Mosaic Stadium. For all of them, they took multiple takes, directing us, the audience, to stand, wave our flags, foam fingers, cheer, etc. BUT NO HORNS!! This was the most fascinating part as it was cool to see the behind the scenes aspect of the show. All told, the host, and production was there for an hour or so. They left by 11:20am.
Teams are now heading to . . .
More downtime. I was getting sunburnt. Then, at ~12:35pm, the first team arrived. M/M, highly energetic, and a bit arrogant in their interactions with the crowd. Lets call them Team Bro. They were doing the Football side of the detour.
Detour (from what I can understand): Football or Cheerleading
Football - Run around perimeter of the field, start with football, zig zag back and forth between red marks on ground. Tire drill. Weave through pylons. Then the football burpies (6 or so) (football run on spot, whistle blows, drop to ground and jump up). Then one member tackles a dummy. Other member retrieves a fumbled football. Then one member catches a pass from one of the Riders. The other one must then kick a field goal. If you fail at any of these stages, you start right back over, starting with the lap around the field.
Football Detour Outfit
Cheerleading - learn and perform a 1 minute long cheerleading routine set to music. Looked complicated.
Cheerleading Detour Outfit
Team Bro killed the Football challenge in two tries, and got their next clue. Then, strangely, ran up the stadium steps across the field from us, to the media booths. about a minute or so later, came out and ran out of the stadium. Odd.
ONE AND A HALF HOURS LATER, I decided to check on the Legislature again. I got back to Mosaic at 2:10pm. Three teams were in the Stadium.
And look where I parked!
Two doing Football, one doing Cheerleading. Two more teams arrived within the next 30 - 40 minutes. I have decided to not really spoil what happened here until a bit later, but suffice to say, MAJOR placement shifts occurred in front of our eyes. One team took FIVE tries doing the football task. And they looked exhausted. Team Bro had made the detour seem easy. It definitely wasn't.
When only two teams were left, I waited until the second last team got their clue, and I ran to my car (right behind the race cars surprisingly). That team beat me to the pitstop (saw them on the island through my camera lens). Pitstop is on an unnamed island in Wascana Lake. There is a parking lot, marked with a flag, right beside the bridge onto the island. Pitstop is heavily hidden by trees and manmade structures. But I did see the Greeter.
Last place team arrived as I walked up the path to the parking lot/bridge. They parked, camera and sound bolted out and ran across bridge to film the team from that side. Team ended up cutting in front of me as they ran from parking lot to bridge (I'll be the guy in blue shirt that stops and stumbles). Too far away to here the host and whether this is a NEL or not.
Pitstop Parking lot Protector
Pitstop with Legislature across the water
Bridge from Parking lot to Pitstop Island