The starting city is Nashville at least in the book it is. In one of the interviews Pete said it was at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville that he tried Buffalo Trace (in real life).
I'm going to look at that section of the book again. I thought I had looked at it and concluded that it did not use Nashville as the start. Thanks, Cowlazars, worth another look.
I concur, Astree: Nashville is not the starting city, nor is it the ending city. Not nearly enough clues pointing to Nashville; a lot more clues point to New Orleans, and I don't think it's our city either. The Big Easy is too easy.
Here's the way I read the Nashville section of Chapter 1 (paraphrased):
"I first drank Bourbon Trace when I was visiting Nashville, because when you're in Nashville, drink bourbon and visit the Grand Ole Opry. I have to pull the memory of it from the dungeon of my thinking, because it's been a while."
I working with the approach that we don't need the beginning city, nor the route. That much of the story ("first 3/4") is to hide several clues that we are somehow supposed to separate from the 1000's possible.
Post by zaphod73491 on Jun 8, 2017 23:56:35 GMT -5
Hi Astree: it's not as elegant to exclude the journey from the solution (especially when he includes very specific distances for each driving leg), but the only thing Pete has said (repeatedly) is that there are 15-odd clues in the first 3/4 of the book that tell you the city the treasure is in/near (and presumably a specific location in that city). He never says anything about determining a starting city, following the driving route, or solving the intermediate cities, so as tempting as that is, I've dropped that methodology.