Recreational & Family - Ideas for a biking scavenger hunt!
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05-06-11, 11:14 PM
So I am living in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the moment and there are quite a few bar hopping biking groups Monday through Friday. Some tend to drink more and cycle less and others like the fixies cycle so hard core that no one can keep up. So I am the gringo from San Francisco trying to come up with new fresh ideas and I thought of a scavenger hunt ride.
But I am completely clue less. I jotted down some notes but they are kind of specific to the San Juan area. Anyone have any ideas they can share.
Another person was planning a different type of ride where at each stop a game will be played or poetry read or something else. So I am also trying to collect info and ideas for the ride to.
Any help is appreciated and I hope I am posting in the right place.
05-10-11, 08:38 AM
There's several ways to do fun rides. You can do a scavenger hunt, a "poker" ride where each player gets a playing card at each stop and whoever has the best poker hand at the end wins. You can do a costumed (or type of bike) themed ride. You can do "slow races" at each stop. You can do all kinds of fun things. Give out awards for people with the best costume, or funkiest bike, or best spirit of fun... just have fun with it.
05-10-11, 11:35 AM
If you're charitably inclined, you could do an alleycat ride where the checkpoints are grocery stores. Specify an item that needs to be purchased at each store. At the end, the receipts are proof that the rider went to each checkpoint, and the food is then donated to charity (local food bank). Or maybe it ends at a homeless shelter at the food is used to cook dinner that night. No set route; each cyclist (or team) figures out the best way to connect the dots to each store. A bike shop did that last year for Thanksgiving (http://trinitybicycles.com/home/?p=853) and called it Cranksgiving (http://trinitybicycles.com/home/?p=862). Bonus points if you can come up with a grand prize trophy like this:
05-10-11, 12:15 PM
FunkyStickman those were all great ideas. Is there a site that has a bunch of this stuff listed to give me ideas. Thanks this is helpful.
Doohickie I can't really see this crowd going for that. Plus we ride at night because there are way less cars and the grocery stores in Puerto Rico are not 24 hours. It is a good idea but I just don't think it will work for this crowd. Well at least I won't try it as the gringo's first attempt to organize something. Maybe later on.
06-13-11, 03:53 PM
I just organized one here in Pueblo, Colorado, it was broken into 4 sections
Section 1 was a digital photo section, where hunters would have to pick items off a list, find them, and photograph them. Each item was assigned a certain point value.
Section 2, I hid about 25 baseball cards around town, taping them under benches, under rocks, etc and then described their location, if a hunter found one, they received a certain amount of points
Section 3, a collected items section, where hunters would pick items off a list and actually physically collect the items. Each item was assigned a certain point value.
Section 4, was a find the answer section, examples, what color is the house at 303 3rd St, or what is the 10th word on the plaque in front of the female statue downtown. Each clue is assigned a certain point value.
At the end of the Hunt, teams break up into pairs of two and grade each others clue lists. It initiates strangers to get to know each other, laugh at photos, compare stories of the hunt, etc
Here is a link to our hunt, if you want to take a look.
Also, send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to use my scavenger hunt list, I will send it to you. You may have to change a few of the city specific clues, but other than that it should be ok.
06-14-11, 01:54 AM
rdkopp0153 that is awesome. Yes please I would like the list. Thanks for all the details in your post.
We are headed into rainy season and although you can bike in the rain it is not as much fun or as safe. So I probably will not do this until November or later. But I can prep for it.
Thanks again for all the great info.
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