"Go Mommy, Go!
We Can Beat Them! - Leg 2 " -
PIT STOP: ROHRER FAMILY FARM, LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
From the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple to the peace and
quiet of Amish country, ten families set off on a race...well,
we're not sure where THIS Amazing Race is headed...but we know
that it'll be WILD! After gathering camping goods, rowing
across the Delaware, camping in Philadelphia, pulling Amish
buggies and building water mills, it is the Godlewski sisters
who reigned supreme as Team # 1, earning them 20 "large" in
cash. The Paolo Family have already taken the title of the
"Jonathan & Victoria" of this Race, the Linz brothers and
sister survived a long buggy run to stay in the Race...and the
Black family, along with little Austin, fell on hard times and
As always, the PIT STOP offers the teams a chance to eat,
sleep, mingle and strategize. It is mandatory for the families
to stop for a given amount of time before taking off again.
(The amount of time wasn't given but, judging by the departure
time compared to the arrival time, it must be between 16 and
24 hours.) At 7:57amET, Michelle, Christine, Sharon and Tricia
Godlewski ripped open their first Route Info to start Leg 2 of
yourselves to Shoehouse Road in York, Pennsylvania
(approx. 15 miles away). Find the Haienes Shoe House look
around the giant shoe there to find the next clue. You
have $??? for this leg of the Race.
As the uber-confident sisters look for a gas station and
direction to York, Bill, Tammy, Carissa and Billy Gaghan
depart ten minutes behind them. The parents and kids know that
the other teams see them as a threat now and hope to use it to
their advantage. One minute later, Linda, Rebecca, Rachel and
Rolly Weaver, fully recovered from a vicious hit-and-run by
their own Amish buggy, split the STOP. Linda really WANTS to
be the leader of this family, even though she can't be the
father that her kids no longer have.
Fourth out of the gate - a minute behind the Weavers - are
Denny, Renee, Brittney and Brock Rogers. Unlike the Weavers,
they HAVE a father and he IS the leader...whether Brock likes
it or not. It's 8:18am when Mark, Char, Stassi and Hunter
Schroeder depart...but not before having trouble packing the
gear on top of the SUV.
While the Godlewskis gas up and get directions, the Gaghans
pass them. They had already mapped out a route to York
overnight...leaving the kids PLENTY of time to ham for the
in-SUV cameras. The Weavers find their way...and Linda, again,
prays to the Lord for help (though, at this time, I'm sure He
was busy trying to talk Mother Nature out of making Katrina.)
As the Schroeders explore a possible short cut, Tony, Marion,
D.J. and Brian Paolo depart at 8:21am...and they start to
argue ON THE WAY TO THE SUV! It mostly centers around Marion
not being listened to and respected. Three minutes behind them
are Walter, Elizabeth, Lauren and Lindsay Bransen. The father
is not overly-optimistic about their chances and the daughters
are out to prove him wrong. It's 8:37 when Tony Aiello and his
sons-in-law Kevin, Matt and David take off, guns blazin'!
Finally, at 8:45am - nearly an hour behind first place -
Tommy, Megan, Alex and Nick Linz head off towards...
The Gaghans find the giant shoe firs with the
red-white-and-yellow Route Marker flag on top. Bill puts his
marathon legs to work and jogs towards the shoe, grabbing the
clue and getting back in before reading it to wife and kids:
yourselves to Washington, DC (about 110 miles away).
Search for your next clue around the Reflecting Pool at
the U.S. Capitol.
Apparantly, the "short cut" worked; the Schroders are next to
the "really big shoe" (homage to Ed Sullivan) and get the clue
to Washington. As Stassi climbs DOWN the steps, Christine
Godlewski climbs UP, putting the sisters in third by a hair.
As they drive off, the Weavers arrive. Rolly is asked to get
the clue to put them in fourth. They have a problem, though;
Rachel asks, "What state is Washington in?" (Yup, the Florida
schooling system...putting YOUR Lottery dollars to work.)
Roger-roger...er, Rogers arrive in fifth and Brock is set to
retreive the clue to D.C. But...the "leader" wasn't paying
attention to how they GOT there and, thus, they get lost on
the back roads heading out. They pass RIGHT BY Rte. 30 (which
everyone ELSE was taking) and look for Rte. 10 instead.
Meanwhile, a reluctant D.J. scrambles up the step to the roof
of the shoe and puts them in sixth. As they pull out, the
Bransens show up. Lindsey gets the clue and the family heads
back out the way they came. The Aiellos are next to the shoe
and Matt retrieves the Washington clue. They are ecstatic
since Matt LIVED near D.C. for ten years. The last team to the
shoe, of course, are the Linzes. Alex grabs the clue and all
the teams start looking for the right way to D.C.
One by one, the teams find I-83 South towards Baltimore
(including the Paolos) and, driving towards their next
destination, they strategize. Matt, for having been to D.C. so
often, doesn't really know the capital city too well. He
believes the Reflecting Pool is between the Lincoln Memorial
and the Washington Monument. There's A Reflecting Pool
there...but there's ANOTHER in front of the Capitol Building.
This could cause some confusion. Oh, wait,...not EVERY team
has made it yet. Brock Rogers swears they have yet to find any
sign to I-83...and "leader" Denny looks at the map and says
they had already passed it. Because of this, Brock is ordered
to pull over and let Denny drive. Only AFTER they take off
again does Brittany confirm that Brock was right and Dad was
wrong. Oops. Eventually, though, they find the right way to...
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
The home of the Smithsonian, the Redskins and the
Oval Office where a thousand bad decisions have been launched
(and that's just in the last 30 years), the Gaghans find a
parking space and go looking for the clue. They, like the
Aiellos, believe that it's the pool between Washington and
Lincoln Monuments. They are soon joined by the Schroeders, who
seem thoroughly convinced that there is no other Reflecting
The Godlewski sisters, however, aren't the dumb blondes some
think they are. They actually go towards the Capitol and find
the RIGHT pool. The Weavers luck out and, when asking a
pedestrian, find out about the one near the Capitol. As such,
THEY find the cluebox first...but the yscreech so loudly, the
Godlewskis hear them a good ways away. The Weavers read the
limosine parked on 3rd street nearby. You will receive a
briefcase from an unseen contact at the back of the limo.
Hang on to this briefcase during this leg until prompted
for it. Then head to the Tidal Basin (in the shadow of the
Jefferson Memorial across town) and find your next clue.
It's a short jog to the limo as it is. Briefcase in hand, they
head off in first. The Godlewskis are a close second.
Meanwhile, the Schroeders and Gaghans are looking furiously
around the OTHER Pool for the clue...and finding none. The
Schroeders, however, find out about the Capitol Pool and,
growling in disgust for their stupidity, head for their car.
When they pass the Gaghans again, they claim to STILL be lost
as to where the clue is. Seems Mark doesn't want to help
ANYONE right now.
The Paolos...well, Marion's VERY worried about the gas tank
needle being dangerously close to "E". But she seems to be the
ONLY one worruied about it. They seem to find the clue box
without a problem. Solidly in third, they grab the briefcase
from the limo and haul fanny. The Bransens arrive at the
Lincoln Pool and, like the Gaghans, are lost finding the clue.
The Aiellos park BY the Lincoln Pool...but, upon looking at a
visitors' map, find out about the Capitol Pool and hop back
into the SUV.
The Schroeders are fourth to the clue box and to get the
briefcase. The Linzes, who parked a BIT too far away from the
flag, are fifth. The two families high-five each other before
heading off. The Aiellos are sixth to the box, calling
themselves "morons". (Ask the Gaghans and Bransens if they
The Godlewskis are the first to the Tidal Basin near the
Jefferson Memorial. The immediately find the clue box and find
ROAD BLOCK (Who's ready for
One team member must take the briefcase and
search around the Tidal Basin for a spy with an identical
briefcase to your own. There are fifty briefcase carriers
in the area, but only ten will answer your password "The
sky is blue" with the return phrase "The sea is green".
When you find one that answers your password, exchange
briefcases and return to your family. Inside the briefcase
is your next clue.
Well, Alias this ain't...but Sharon decides to look
for someone who knows "the sky is blue". The Weavers...they're
having driving issues with three back-seat drivers screaming
at Rebecca for passing the exit to the Basin. As such, the
Paolos...they REMARKABLY reach the ROAD BLOCK in second, with
DJ volunteering to do the covert stuff. DJ actually looks to
make sure the briefcase IS identical before giving the
It's sheer luck (I'm sure) that Sharon finds someone who says,
"The sea is green" and hands her the briefcase with the next
clue. Sharon opens the briefcase on the spot and opens the
yourselves to Middleburg, Virginia (49 miles away) and
find Welbourne Manor. In front of the manor house you will
find your next clue.
As Sharon passes DJ, DJ is ALREADY getting frustrated at the
task. The Weavers arrive and elect Rebecca to play "Bond". As
Rebecca starts, the Godlewskis depart for Virginia, claiming
they're "kickin' ass!" As Deej gets MORE frustrated, Rebecca
lucks out and finds a spy, puting the Weavers into second. It
takes a little more time...but DJ finally finds a spy, meaning
he and his dysfunctional family will leave for Middleburg in
The Schroeders are next to the ROAD BLOCK and elect Mark to
mutter "the sky is blue" like an old weirdo.
Meanwhile, back at the Lincoln Reflecting Pool, the Gaghans
are stupified! They've searched high and low and all aorund
the large Pool and no clue box! And the Bransens aren't much
better, what with "Walder" unable to keep up with his younger
and more energetic daughters.
The Aiellos and the Linzes more-or-less arrive at the ROAD
BLOCK at the same time. They elect David and Nick respectively
to play spy vs. spy. Mark Schroeder is next to find the right
spy and put his family into fourth. And the Paolos...they're
desperately looking for gas...and Marion's all but saying, "I
told you so!" Nick and David seem to be working together
finding the spy. David gets his clue first, though, keeping
the Aiellos in fifth.
Well, well...the Rogers have finally found their way into the
city. The pedestrian THEY ask talks about the Lincoln
Reflecting Pool...where they run into the Gaghans. Billy is
the most angry because they've been searching for two hours.
Somewhere ELSE around the Pool, the Bransens figure out that
they're at the WRONG Pool. The Rogers wake the Gaghans up and
they FINALLY ask a "service center" about the Capitol Pool.
Ohhhh, you should see the look on the Gaghans' FACES!
PRICELESS! But, anyway, the last three teams take off. The
Gaghans are first to find the clue to the Tidal Basin and
retrieve the briefcase. The Bransens are eighth and the
Rogers...as you may guess, are last.
And the Paolos...are just about out of gas...and the boys are
just about out of PATIENCE with their dear mother's nagging.
But they DO find a station and fill up (why not, since it's
free?) before starting the arguing again. They get lost around
the Beltway...and Marion BLOWS UP when his boys accuse HER!
Meanwhile, Nick continues to look for the right spy while the
Gaghans arrive and send Tammy off on her covert op. Nick
FINALLY finds one and returns to his now sixth-place team.
Or...DOES he? Tammy finds a spy MUCH sooner and MUCH
closer...so the GAGHANS depart in sixth while the breathless
Nick arrives in seventh mere meet behind.
Wally Bransen is the next spy out there. And, with only a 3
out of 50 chance of FINDING the right spy, this might take
some time. The Rogers are lost yet again and can't seem to
find the Basin. It DOES take time...but Wally finds the right
spy before the Rogers ever show up. He and her daughters
depart in eighth.
But...the "Great Equalizer" finally rears its head! No, not
the airport this time. There's a massive traffic jam en route
to Middleburg and all the families (except the Godlewskis and
Weavers who took an alternate route from the start) are stuck
in it. BUT...the Linzes look at the map and find a backroad
route to their destination. The Bransens get the same idea,
though they're a far way from the Linzes.
At last, the Rogers arrive and send Brittney out to find a
spy. Fortunately, she finds one of the last two spies rather
quickly. They're a fair clip behind, though, in the race to...
WELBOURNE MANOR, MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA
The Godlewskis beat the traffic jam and have arrived at their
destination town. They just need to find the manor. The
Weavers aren't that far behind at first...but they find the
RIGHT way to the manor and find themselves first at the
DETOUR: Heat of the Battle
or Heat of the Night? (Two common military duties during
the Civil War)
HEAT OF THE BATTLE - You will take park in
an ongoing Civil War reenactment battle. During the
battle, you will carry five wounded soldiers on stretchers
to the surgical tent. Once all five filled stretchers are
in the tent, the head surgeon will give you a regimental
flag and you must take it down a winding path. The path
will lead to the next PIT STOP.
HEAT OF THE NIGHT - Roll a barrell of oil to the
encampment and fill twenty oil lanterns with it. Take the
lanterns to the quartermaster table and light them. The
quartermaster will then give you a regimental flag and you
must take it down a winding path. The path will lead to
the next PIT STOP.
WARNING: The last team to check-in at the PIT STOP with
their flag may be ELIMINATED!
Decisions, decisions. The Weavers decide to look at the tasks
and THEN decide. But...they seem to get lost en route.
Meanwhile, the Godlewskis arrive and choose HEAT OF THE
BATTLE. They get down to the battlefield...and the battle
begins! The sisters are FREAKING as they carry a stretcher,
looking for bodies. Finally, the Weavers arrive, hearing the
battle in the distance. Upon seeing the "desperate housewives"
ahead of them (wrong network, dummies!), they decide to do
HEAT OF THE NIGHT instead. The rolling of the barrel of oil is
easy...it's putting them in the lanterns that's difficult.
The Linzes, successful in their alternate route, arrive at the
manor in third and choose to lug corpses. As the two M*A*S*H
wannabe teams are tied at one body apiece, the Weavers have a
BIT of a struggle with lighting the lamps. Meanwhile, three
families arive at about the same time at the DETOUR. The
Schroeders decide on NIGHT while the Bransens and Aiellos go
The Union is giving the Confederacy what for (re-enactingly,
of course) and the Linzes and Godlewskis are hauling carcasses
off neck-and-neck as the Aiellos enter the fray. David is
PUMPED being back in the battle (he's ex-Marine, y'know).
Suddenly, there's a LOT of screaming! It's the Weavers! They
have all twenty lamps lit and they grab the flag and sprint
down the trail, much to the chagrin of the other teams. The
Linzes finally get their fifth body into the tent and follow
the Weavers towards...
PIT STOP: A MEADOW NEAR WELBOURNE MANOR, MIDDLEBURG,
Our host Phil Keoghan and a Union and Confederate
soldiers smart enough to stay OUT of the fray see the Weavers,
flag a-waving, running towards the mat in front of them. He is
happy to proclaim the widow and her children as Team Number
One! And they're going on an island vacation courtesy of the
Roaming Gnome of Travelocity.com!
Right behind them are, of course, the Linzes. The sister and
brothers are named Team # 2. The Godlewski sisters are
exhausted...but they finish their task, grab their flag and
arrive as Team # 3.
Meanwhile, the oil is flowing like wine for the Schroeders as
they finish filling the lamps. The Aiellos and Bransens are
tied in bodies three apiece. But Wally is starting to falter
from this physical challenge. And, finally, he tells his girls
he can't go on anymore. The girls, however, refuse to let him
The much-maligned Gaghans arrive at manor and choose BATTLE...
much to Billy's dismay. As they haul the stretcher out and
Billy cringes at the shots being fired, the Aiellos and
Bransens get their fourth bodies to the tent. But it's the
Schroeders are finish lighting the lamps first. They get their
own flag and jog to the PIT STOP as Team # 4.
Tony Aiello is exhausted...but his sons-in-law say they can
handle the last guy themselves while Tony stays with them for
balance. They get their last body...just as the Bransens do.
Both teams jog down the path, each with an exhausted father
dragging them behind. The Rules of the Race say that ALL team
members MUST be on the mat to be considered "checked-in". Who
will make it first...er, fifth?!
"Aiello family, you're Team # 5! Bransen family, you're Team #
The Gaghans, despite the nagging by Billy at Carrisa, get
THEIR last casualty of mock-war to the tent and sprint to the
STOP as Team # 7.
That leaves two families...with one possibly going home (guess
who I'M routing for to lose?)!
Unfortunately for me, the Paolos...they arrive at the manor in
eighth and choose (after some bickering) to go to BATTLE. The
boys nearly twist their ankles hauling these hefty
soldiers...and Marion is ALREADY claiming she "can't do this"
after hauling two bodies.
The Rogers finally arrive and decide on BATTLE as well. As the
Paolo boys run out of gas, the Rogers start their hefting.
But...after their first carry, Renee claims that she can't do
this. Unlike the Paolos, who PUSH the boys back into service,
Denny decides to go to NIGHT instead (much to Brock's anger).
They fill ten lamps as the Paolos go for their fourth body.
The Rogers fill their last lamp while the Paolos plop injury #
4 by the tent.
The lamps start to get lit...
The guns blaze even more...
...and with a LOUD grunt, the Paolos push their last soldier
into the tent! They WALK more than run down the path with
their flag...but right behind them are the Rogers, who light
their 20th lamp and jog down the path.
Phil and the soldiers wait...
A team of four hits the mat...
And Phil says the words I did NOT wanna hear:
"Paolo family...you're Team # 8!" (DAMMIT!)
What's MORE amazing, though, is that Brian actually has some
KIND words for Mom, saying she "comes through in the clutch"
for the family. Hey, miracles DO happen.
"Rogers family," says Phil to a deshivelled group of four,
"you're the last team to arrive." After a pause, Phil tells
them that they're gone from the Race. Denny takes full
responcibility...but so does Brock. They're all
disappointed...but maybe they'll learn from this little