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Dodge Journey Search (Midwest) Clues

September 15, 2011

Update #1: MB Fence located, Midwest drive sequence located. Google map updated (and east of Elk City)
Update #2: Email clue points to Texola, OK. Google map updated.
Update #3: Location of other “main street” added – Sayre, OK.

Texola, OK

Note: A picture of this location was delivered as an email clue. Google map street view to verify:

Warning Texola, OK travelers. Is it out of range?

50-mile radius clue and Texola, OK. It sure appears out of range. Perhaps on the border-fringe?

The 50-mile clue has been released:

Solution: Clinton, OK

The 100-mile clue for the Dodge Journey search (Midwest) has been released:

Solution: Red Rock Canyon Cabins, Hinton, OK

The 150-mile clue for the Dodge Journey search (Midwest) has been released:

Solution: Sid’s Diner – El Reno, OK

The 200-mile clue for the Dodge Journey search (Midwest) has been released:

I’ll be posting new clues, locations, and other helpful information as quickly as possible. Best of luck to all the “boots on the ground.”

1. Starting point, Oklahoma City

Journey begins ...

Notes: This will provide the start of a 200-mile route. Unfortunately, this only adds about 10-15 miles to a known route.

Starting point – confirmation (Google street view)

Start - confirmed

Notes: This is the precise location. Google street view is two years old and does not show the the Devon Tower, under construction. The overpass, Interstate 40, street light, other building, including First National are a match. The Dodge Journey is heading south.

El Reno, OK – confirmation

El Reno

Dairy Best, Clinton OK – confirmation

Dairy Best - Clinton, OK

New “main street” view – Sayre, OK

Notes: This location was properly identified by George. Google street view to verify:

Notes: As pointed out by G. Carter and Andrea, the Journey is, in fact, turning east, on an intersection with 283, even though, the final location was north via 283.

Midwest drive sequence

The final location clue points to an open plain area, similar to those found in the “Midwest drive” sequences – off main roads, at the very least, with Elk City as a departure point. I’ve pulled shots from the 200-mile clue and introductory video to help piece together what is certainly, in terms of proximity, the closest to the final destination.

Between the water and trees in the background of the shot below and the “V” shaped section of trees a couple of shots below, some time spent examining satellite shots should help pinpoint the location.

Midwest drive

Notes: This particular shot includes water and a fence. Sun is on the same side and it appears to be the same time of the day – sunrise (before shadows are cast)

The introductory video has two other shots (0:06) and (0:31) that are most likely 1) part of the same sequence. Note the dirt road (dust kicked up by the Dodge Journey), ridge along side the road, general terrain, including contours, and position of the sun. The (0:06) segment was shot first, note the position of the sun, and lack of shadows (early morning).

This second sequence (0:31) should be fairly easy to identify by satellite imagery (although I spent a good checking the areas north and south of Elk City with no luck). More importantly, they are traveling North, if this was taken at sunrise (my belief) or south if taken near sunset.

Midwest drive (0:31)

Notes: This sequence was shot just north of the MB sign and intersection sequence. They’re heading south (back to Route 66).

Midwest drive, Intersection

Midwest drive

Notes: Not much to work with but this seems to be the identifying image for the Midwest search (like Hangtown Motel for the West and Uncle Sam for the East searches). Observations: Both roads are unpaved (so Google street view will be useless) with a line of telephone poles and power line poles, running parallel along the road.


 MB Ranch?

Notes: A number of astute observers (in hi-def) noted the letters MB, on the fence, to the right, which may represent a ranch or landowners. The road signs, unfortunately, cannot be read (although the first letter on the bottom road sign appears to be N)

MB Sign – confirmation (Google street view)

MB Sign & Intersection

Notes: A fantastic find by Jared Lyon. The MB sign and intersection with power lines.

Final location, shot #1

Final location

Final location, shot #2

Final location

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2011 10:12 am

    Already found where 1st clue was! thank you for your help! 🙂

  2. September 17, 2011 10:55 am

    That bridge is near Erick Oklahoma….they have a balloon festival too I think off route 66

  3. September 17, 2011 12:17 pm

    From Oklahoma City, OK to Elk City, OK is about 111 miles… so they’ve got another 90 or so to go, if their clues are accurate… Too bad I’m in South Dakota. I was hoping for a Journey in the Sunshine State.

  4. September 17, 2011 2:11 pm

    I posted the location of the MB sign and the drive along the road with trees in a previous post… it’s west and a little north of Clinton.

  5. September 17, 2011 2:15 pm

    (Sorry, just saw that you replied in that previous post.) Here’s the email clue’s location: http://g.co/maps/vsq64

    • Steven Barley permalink
      September 18, 2011 10:17 am

      Dead on, Brad. Thanks! (I’ll update the Midwest post)

  6. Isoruku permalink
    September 24, 2011 2:45 am

    Don’t know if anyone has posted this yet, but there will be no do-over for the midwest and no extra Journey in the east: http://blogs.automotive.com/update-dodge-not-re-hiding-second-journey-ohp-releases-details-57707.html

  7. Isoruku permalink
    September 24, 2011 2:49 am

    Oh, and I should have mentioned the comments from the Okla Highway Patrol concerning Capt Neidy that were also included in that article…

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