is part of the Great Lakes LB Group’s 2005 Exchange –
Monty Python’s The Holy Grail.
Before beginning your quest for this box and the Grail please visit the Holy Grail main page (high speed) (dial-up) and read about the specifics of the series and about its special hitchhiker.
The following text has been borrowed from the Atomic Beans. I've included it because I think is is excellent advice:
"Although this box is hidden in a Forest Preserve, take precautions similar to those you would follow for venturing to a box in the city. The trails are generally safe, but there has been some recent crime in the Cook County Forest Preserves of people breaking into cars or attacking folks on the trail. I recommend you: (1) do not box alone (2) be aware of your surroundings and the people around you (3) lock all valuables out of sight in your car [perhaps put things in the trunk before you arrive at the parking lot] (4) bring a cell phone to call for help if needed (5) do not box after dark and (6) if you feel uncomfortable, WALK AWAY from the perceived danger. My boxes are all near the main trail or large secondary trail, and (on most summer weekends) the trails are usually busy. However, please heed the warnings…don’t take an unnecessary risk to find the stamps, I will be glad to send you a copy of the image!"
Scene 8 – After being charged by God and sent out on their quest to find the Holy Grail, Arthur and his knights come upon the castle of the Frenchman Guy de Loimbard. Arthur asks the guards if their master would give them food and shelter for the night, and in exchange he could join them in their quest for the Grail. The guard replies, “Well, I'll ask him, but I don't think he'll be very keen. Uh, he's already got one, you see.” Surprised to find his quest seemingly so quickly completed, Arthur asks to see it, but the guards refuse, and Arthur threatens to take the castle by force. The French guards are not impressed, and begin to taunt Arthur and his men: “You don't frighten us, English pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottom, sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King, you and all your silly English k-nnnnniggets. Thpppppt! Thppt! Thppt!...I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!... No. Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time-a!” When the verbal taunts don’t send Arthur away, the guards begin to catapult a variety of animals, including cows, upon the party.
It is then that Sir Bedevere has his idea. He runs off into the woods. Sawing and hammering is heard, and eventually out rolls a giant wooden rabbit – a “Trojan Rabbit”, so to speak. His plan is to trick the French into bringing the gift rabbit into the castle, while he, Launcelot, and Galahad hide within, awaiting their opportunity to jump out and surprise the French.
It has recently been discovered that this scene did not take place in England, as suggested by the film. The ruins of the castle of Guy de Loimbard have actually been found in Arie Crown Forest in Countryside/Hodgkins, Illinois, located off LaGrange Road (US 12-20-45) at the Stevenson Expressway (I55).
Print out the map found at this website: http://www.fpdcc.com/downloads/ac_trailmap.pdf
If you go to the intersection of the Black and Yellow trails noted by the arrowhead in the exact center of the map, you will find the ruins of the castle (okay, use your imagination, but there is definitely something there suggesting a ruined structure). Across the road, on the east side of the Yellow trail, you will see the woods where Bedevere hid to build his rabbit. Follow the fallen giant whose roots point to the castle into the woods, until you find the place where he still hides behind a tall oak tree.
About Arie Crown Forest and Sundown Meadows:
As you can see from the map, there are several routes to take to find Sir Bedevere. If you enter from the Arie Crown Forest entrance, follow the sign to Grove 2. Park at the lot closest to the closed Brainard Avenue entrance, marked by an engraved boulder. Follow the Yellow trail north for the most scenic route. If you are in a hurry, just take the Black trail. If you are REALLY in a hurry, park in the Sundown Meadow lot and take the Red trail to the Yellow.
Don’t forget to look for the clue Sir Bedevere has left you to help you find the Holy Grail!
Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and disclaimer.