The WBKR Road War SOLUTION!
The 2012 WBKR Road War was Saturday night and hundreds turned out to try and win $1,000 in the “scariest road trip in town.” Each year, the Road War sends our contestants on a wild and wholly goose chase through Owensboro-Daviess County and this year was no exception. But when the night came to its close, one team prevailed and the self-proclaimed BKR Babes (Jenelle Carter, Ada Willett, Cindy Kercheval, and Ronda Reynolds) missed the total mileage for the race by just one-tenth of a mile and claimed the $1,000 grand prize. Here’s the official solution to this year’s race. If you competed, take a look and see how well you did! If you’ve never competed before, check it out and see what kind of fun you’re missing!
ROAD WAR LEG #1
YOU WANNA PLAY A GAME, RIGHT?- Turn right out of Lewis Lane Baptist Church
AT THE STOP, FOLLOW LARRY, CURLY AND THAT OTHER GUY- Cross street and follow Mohawk
LEAN YOUR “EAR” THIS WAY AND FOLLOW THE PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE- Turn left on Iriquois (the nickname for the Iriquois Indians was “The People of the Longhouse)
THIS RACE IS A CHESS GAME, RIGHT?- Turn right on Pawnee
THE WIND IS BLOWING NORTH- Turn left on Windsor Avenue
DO NOT SIT IN A BOOTH- Cross Booth
GO RIGHT WHERE THE AVENUE HAS EYES- Turn right on Hill Avenue (the clue of course refers to the horror film The Hills Have Eyes)
YOUR NEXT TURN IS FAIR AND SQUARE- Turn left on Mayfair toward Mayfair Square
77 YEARS BEFORE COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE, HE TURNED LEFT- This clue was intentionally a difficult one. Road Warriors were to turn left on Griffith. The 77 years portion of the clue referred to the address plate 1415 Griffith Avenue, which was directly across the street from the stop at the intersection of Mayfair and Griffith.
THE RAVENS QUOTH . . . TURN RIGHT- Turn right on Baltimore
IS THERE ANY PEPPERMINT PATTY LEFT?- Turn left on York
AT THE STOP SIGN, YOU WILL FACE CIVIL WAR. DON’T FOLLOW THE LEADER, FOLLOW THE LOSER- Take a left onto South York
AT THE STOP, FOLLOWING GENERAL LEE A SECOND TIME WILL BE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- Turn left on Carter away from Lee’s Famous Recipe Fried Chicken
YOU’RE CHAMPING AT THE BIT, RIGHT?- Turn right on Bittel Road
WHEN YOU PASS A SHEPHERD, YOU’LL SEE DA PLANES, DA PLANES!- Pass Good Shepherd Church and continue straight. The Owensboro-Daviess County airport will be seen to the left.
WHEN YOU SEE FIRE AHEAD TO THE LEFT, DO NO STRAIGHTEN UP! FLY RIGHT!- Turn right onto Airport Road
IF YOU WERE AN ASTRONOMER, YOU WOULD WANT TO HEAD IN THE DIRECTION OF URSA MAJOR- Turn right onto Parrish Avenue and head toward the Big Dipper
YOU DON’T WANNA LET EAST 60 PASS YOU BY, RIGHT?- Take the Bypass (U.S. 60 East)
TURN RIGHT WHEN YOU CRAVE FAVA BEANS AND A NICE CHIANTI- Take the LIVERmore exit. The clue refers to the infamous Hannibal Lecter line from The Silence of the Lambs, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
THIS WILL BE WEIRD, YOU’LL TRAVEL SOUTH TOWARD THE NORTH- Turn right onto Frederica Street toward Towne Square North
TURN RIGHT WHEN YOU SEE LITTLE MEXICANS ON THE CORNER- Turn right onto Southtown Boulevard. The clue refers to the wood carvings outside Real Hacienda restaurant.
WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION TRIES TO PUT YOU ON EDGE, A TURN IS ALL YOU HAVE LEFT- After passing trough the nasty construction on Southtown Boulevard, turn left when you see the billboard for The Edge Ice Arena.
TURN INTO THE TOWN SQUARE AND REMEMBER, PENNIES ARE ROUND- Turn into the Towne Square Mall parking lot and circle around JC Penney
NOW, YOU’RE DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE GULF, RIGHT?- Keep circling the the outer perimeters of the mall parking lot until you are directly across from the Gulf gas station
SHOW ME THE MONEY!!- Proceed to Show Me’s . . . checkpoint #1. Participants were also told to look for the platinum blonde with the lap top in order to retrieve their next set of clues.
ROAD WAR LEG #2
Road Warriors were given a piece of paper featuring Jigsaw. That instruction sheet advised them to go to YouTube and type in this exactly “And a Child Shall Lead Them” Isaiah 11:6 & Jigsaw.” This is what they found . . .
In the video, Jigsaw referred to the first leg of the race, when riders were pushed “next to the edge.” He is referencing the billboard of The Edge Ice Arena. Adjacent to that billboard, representing the subliminal “snapshot . . . image . . . of the next checkpoint” is a billboard for Trunnell’s Farm Market, the next stop on the course. In the clip, Jigsaw also told Road Warriors to “head toward home past, drive past the garden and proceed” there. Drivers should have driven toward Home Depot, turned left to pass by Olive Garden, then turned right onto Frederica. Jigsaw also mentioned The Children of the Corn, hinting that once at Trunnell’s, one team member would have to enter the giant corn maze (in the dark) and locate the “children of the corn” for their next set of clues.
ROAD WAR LEG #3
**The 3rd leg of the course was inspired by the John Carpenter film In The Mouth of Madness, in which a character gets trapped inside the demented imagination of another. When he tries to escape, he learns he cannot and keeps circling around and around and around . . . always ending up at the exact same place her started. There were several In the Mouth of Madness moments in this long, winding and maddening leg of the course.**
RUSH RIGHT OUT OF TRUNNELL’S- Turn right onto 431
WHEN YOU SEE THE BUS STOP, FOLLOW THE SANDS OF TIME- Just beyond Trunnell’s there is a sign indicating a bus stop ahead and there is a road just beyond that sign. Turn right onto Sands. By the way, the sign for Sands was nearly impossible to see from the road because of its angle.
WAG THE DOG RIGHT AND GO DEEP INTO THE VALLEY- Wag the dog refers to Wagler’s (that sign was on the fence directly across the from stop at the intersection). Take a right when you see that sign and proceed on Browns Valley Road
MARK IT . . . THE DARKER THE BERRY, THE SWEETER THE LEFT- Turn left onto East Marksberry Road
YOU WILL PASS THE FARM WHERE THEY GROW MITT ROMNEY’S- You will pass Moorman Farms on the right
YOU’RE HEAD AND WHEELS WILL SPIN, WHEN YOU SEE TRUNNELL’S FARM MARKET AGAIN- Turn left onto 431 and drive toward Trunnell’s Farm Market again
TAKE A LEFT WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT- In Utica, take a left onto 140 at the Marathon station
AFTER YOU PASS THROUGH BETHLEHEM, THE ROAD WAR WILL GET REALLY GORY- Just past Bethlehem Church, take a right on Gore
TAKE A LEFT . . . SHORT-HORNED GRASSHOPPER- Take a left on East Locust Grove (by the way, locusts are truly “short-horned grasshoppers”).
IT WAS CHARLTON HESTON WHO ONCE SAID, “SOLYENT GREEN IS PEOPLE,” RIGHT?- Take a right on Greenbrier. “Solyent green” refers to the 1973 sci-fi film Solyent Green, in which human kind learns that its food ration is actually composed of other humans!
DO NOT CLIMB TREES- Do not turn onto Vertrees
GARY COLEMAN IS DEAD- Do not turn onto Coleman (it’s a dead end)
ENTER THE KILLING FIELDS- Turn left on Fields
SHARP TURN TO THE MAX- Sharp right into Redhill Maxwell Road
WHEN DÉJÀ VU TAKES OVER YOU . . . FORWARD THINKERS WILL KNOW WHAT TO DO- Cross Greenbrier (which you have stumbled upon again) and remain on Redhill Maxwell Road
YOU WON’T SEE CINCINNATI . . . BUT YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF IN OHIO- You will cross into Ohio County
PRETEND YOU WORK FOR THE SALVATION ARMY AND RING A BELL FOR A WHILE- You will drive forward on Belltown Road
SHAMELESS DISCO CLUE: HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE FOR THE ROAD WAR?? NO JIVE TALKIN’ HERE. YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE RUNNING A NIGHT FEVER, BUT YOU’LL BE STAYIN’ ALIVE WHEN YOU SEE A BEE GEE.- This clue was designed to let Road Warriors know they were on the right path. It refers to B & G Custom, a business located on the left-hand side of Belltown Road, just before the HWY 231 intersection.
DON’T TURN TOWARD THAT HILL, FAITH. TAKING A RIGHT TOWARD HOOVER WOULD SUCK!- Turn left onto 231 and head back toward Daviess County. “Hoover” refers to “Hoover Hill,” which participants would have climbed if they had turned right
TURN RIGHT OFF THE HWY THE 2ND TIME IT GETS OLD- Take a right on Old Hartford Road the 2nd time it intersects Hwy 231. Old Hartford Road intersects 231 twice and, in both cases, the road signs are particularly difficult to see
LET’S GO LOG ROLLING . . . IT’S QUITE POPULAR- Turn left on Poplar Log Bridge Road
WHEN ALL HOPE IS LOST . . . A FRIEND IS ALL YOU HAVE LEFT- When you see Friendship Church, turn left
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS- Do NOT turn on Texas Gas Ave, the immediate right just beyond Friendship Church
ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TURN UNTIL YOU SEE ANOTHER STATE ROAD- Turn right onto Old State Road
AT THE TRIANGULAR STOP, TURN LEFT- Turn left onto Old Hwy 54.
The clue refers to this random stop sign that truly sits inside a triangle created by the intersecting roads
HERE’S A HINT . . . THIS RACE IS ABOUT TO GET JACKED UP- Turn right onto Jack Hinton Road
OLD MCDONALD HAD AN E-I-E-I-LEFT- Turn left onto Hwy 54 and head toward Norman McDonald’s Restaurant
@$%# AND GET OFF THE PHILPOT- Get out of Philpot! LOL! Drive out of Philpot and keep heading toward Owensboro on Hwy 54
YOU’VE SURVIVED THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, SO QUIT BEING A WHINER. YOU’LL GET YOUR NEXT SET OF CLUES, WHEN YOU FIND “AMERICA’S FRESH DINER”- Checkpoint #3 on the course was Ritzy’s on Hwy 54
ROAD WAR LEG #4
At Ritzy’s, Road Warriors were given a second clue sheet featuring Jigsaw. He asked them to again go to YouTube and type the following . . . “In the Next 30 Seconds, You are Going to Open 1 of 3 Doors” Jigsaw . . .
Road Warriors then had to choose 1 of 3 correct routes to the Bowlodrome from the Thruston-Dermont exit of Ritzy’s. The three different ways to get there in 4.2 miles . . .
#1- From Thruston Dermont, take a right onto Hwy 54. Turn left onto Leitchfield Road. Turn left onto 18th. Right on Breckinridge. Left on 14th. Cross Triplett and proceed to the Bowlodrome.
#2- From Thruston Dermont, take a right onto Hwy 54. Stay on Hwy 54 as it becomes Parrish Avenue. Turn left onto Triplett Street from Parrish. Turn right onto 14th and proceed to the Bowlodrome.
#3- From Thruston Dermont, take a right into Hwy 54. Stay on Hwy 54 as it becomes Parrish Avenue. From Parrish, turn left onto Sweeney Street and drive directly to the Bowlodrome.
Once at The Bowlodrome, Road Warriors were greeted with a sign that explained how one of them would have to bowl for their next set of clues.
WELCOME, MAD MAX AND FELLOW WARRIORS
THIS IS BOWLODROME
WE KNOW IT’S BEEN AN EXHAUSTING RACE
BUT YOU’RE ABOUT TO HEAD FOR HOME!
NORMALLY IT’S A CURSED AND WRETCHED NUMBER
BUT, TONIGHT, THERE’S LUCK IN THIRTEEN
WHEN ONE OF YOU KNOCKS DOWN THAT MANY PINS
THE FINISH LINE WILL BE SEEN!
As soon as a participant knocked down a total of 13 pins, he/she was given the final clue sheet of the evening.
ROAD WAR LEG #5
Road Warriors were given a game sheet that said . . .
When you exit the Bowlodrome, take Sweeny Street to Parrish Avenue. Head west and proceed directly to the finish line at Diamond Lake Campground and Resort. But, naturally, there’s a twist. Before you can turn in your official mileage, you must decode the Secret Road War Password. You may do so by answering the questions on the back of this page and unscrambling the chosen letters. The Secret Road War Password is comprised of those specific letters. The correct password could bring you closer to our $1,000 grand prize. An incorrect password could be fatal. It will cost you .5 of a mile, which is the amount added to your total course mileage in the event you cannot successfully decode the mystery word. In the 2012 WBKR Road War, this is the endgame. Wanna play?
The questions and answers were (and the capitalized letter in each answer represents which letter was used in the password):
#1- In the Friday the 13th film series, this was Jason’s last name? Answer- voorHees
#2- This is the name of the fictional Midwestern town terrorized by Michael Meyers in Halloween? Answer- haddoNfield
#3- The tagline for this horror film, prominently featured on the film’s movie poster, was “For God’s sake, get out!” Answer- the aMityville horror
#4- Paris Hilton is bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in the remake of this horror film? A- houseofwAx
#5- The killers in this horror film claim, “We’ll tear your soul apart?” A- hellraiSer
#6- In the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, this is the first character killed by Freddy? A- Tina
#7- In this movie, characters named Josh, Heather and Mike perish in October of 1994? A- theblairwitchProject
#8- This 80’s horror film urged “Never play it alone!” A- witchboArd
Road Warriors then had to unscramble the following letters: H,N, M, A, S, T, P, A
The Secret Road War Password: PHANTASM
The exact mileage for the course: 78.0 miles! And the BKR Babes finished at 77.9!