2001 in Retrospect

Friday, August 24, 2001 10:41 AM
As the final weeks of summer dawn upon us and the parks begin closing (except for you spoiled people in the South and West :) ), we all knew a topic like this had to come up sooner or later.  How did your coastering year go?  What rides (either new for 2001 or new to you) blew you away?  Which ones didn't live up to your expectations?  Did you hit all the parks (and rides) you wanted to?  Any great memories, etc...

For me, this was my first full summer as an "enthusiast," and I can't complain at all.  In addition to hitting Michigan's Adventure, Indiana Beach, and SFGAm for the first time this summer, I also made visits to other parks I had been to before (CP, PKI, SFWoA, and Kennywood). 

I was completely surprised and overwhelmed by Cornball Express and Phantom's Revenge.  I think these are the two big winners of the summer.  Watching construction of both throughout winter, I thought neither would be anything special.  Well, when I rode them, I couldn't believe that both were so great.  The little Cornball is probably the wildest coaster I've ever ridden and I liked PR more than Millennium Force!

I was a bit underwhelmed by Raging Bull.  I was expecting this to top Magnum as my favorite steel coaster, and, well, it just didn't deliver.  I found it a great and very enjoyable ride (with a awesome first drop in Row 9) but it just seemed too slow and sweeping for my personal tastes.  I guess I was also a little disappointed in the Hoosier Hurricane, but I won't dare say anything bad about CCI so I'll stop there. 

I was expecting Shivering Timbers to blow away any other coaster I've ever ridden, and it did.  I was expecting X-Flight to be a great, but not "Top 10" quality ride, and it was.  I never expected Six Flags parks to charge 9 or 10 bucks for parking, and they did.  I never expected a simple coat of paint to make such a difference on Raptor, but it sure did!  I didn't get a VertiGo shot, but I still have a few weekends if I decide to come home from college to take care of that.  I expected to have a great summer of discussing things on Coasterbuzz, and I did!

My greatest memory was the day my friend and I spontaneously decided to hit MA and IB in one day (13 hours of driving!).  More specifically, my best memory was my third ride on Shivering Timbers.  We rode it twice early in the morning, once in the back and once in the front, and were blown away.  Well, after that, we decided to hit all the other rides, get some lunch, and then come back. Well, when we came back, the ride had woken up and seemed almost twice as fast, twice as intense, with twice as powerful airtime!  We were so surprised we described the experience as "a euphoric coaster bliss."  Yeah, we're coaster geeks!

How about the rest of you?  How did your summer stack up?

It's a simple equation: CCI + CP = #1 Wooden Coaster!

Friday, August 24, 2001 11:07 AM
This summer is without a doubt the best summer I have ever had.  From my SFA trip in early April to my recent trip to Holiday World, I have been riding coasters like crazy.  This was the first summer that I was old enough to rent hotel rooms as well as drive wherever I wanted (nearly ;)), and I took full advantage of it.  The only parks that I planned on visiting but won't be able to this year are SFDL, SFGAdv, CLP, and Waldameer, but there's always next year! :)

The two coasters that blew me away this summer were Phantom's Revenge and the Beast.  Despite PR's late opening, riding the coaster that I so closely followed (as did many others) over the winter was a real treat.  As for the Beast, when I say my night ride was an act of God, I honestly mean it.  I don't know what I did to be blessed with such an experience, but I sure hope I do it again! :)

Aside from the coaster riding, it was a real thrill to meet so many CoasterBuzzers this summer (Jeff, Greg, Rideman, kpjb, etc.).

Although summer is nearly over, I am by no means done riding!  There are still loose plans to revisit KW, CP, SFWoA, and Knoebels (PPP!) as well as a first time visit to PKD.

It's sad to see the end of the season approaching so quickly, but I can't see that I'm not looking forward to all the 2002 announcements. :)

Joe Cernelli
Webmaster, Kennywood Boulevard

Friday, August 24, 2001 11:31 AM
Unfortunately, this was probably my WORST coaster summer. I had planned to visit Cedar Point, Valleyfair, Six Flags Elitch Gardens, Six Flags Over Georgia, and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure. However, I only got to visit SFoG due to broken bones. But next year I'll be going to VF, CP, SFWoA, PKI, SFEG, and maybe more. Unless it happens again...


Friday, August 24, 2001 11:36 AM
I am not the typical enthusiast; I really only go to far-away parks as part of other vacations.  But this  year I did manage to take advantage of cheap Six Flags passes to visit SFWoA, SFGAm, SFMM and SFKK.  Those four parks all left a bad taste in my mouth, whether it was bad management of crowds (SFWoA), bigger-than-expected crowds (SFGAm), shut-down rides (SFMM) or all of the above (SFKK).  I didn't get to ride Goliath, which was the reason I went to SFMM for a second time.  In fact of all those parks together, I've probably spent a total of 10 hours in Six Flags parks this year, because I always got so disgusted I left early.

HowEVER, my trips to PKI and especially Holiday World blew me away.  PKI, although a big corporate themer, keeps getting better with great customer service and a knack for LISTENING to its guests.  Holiday World is simply unbelievable on every single front, from thrills to service to food to value to beauty. 

As far as new and new-to-me rides, the Raven amazed me, The Legend and Raging Bull were impressive but not mind-blowing and the "new" FoF was 500% better.

Overall, a good year....but I don't plan on picking up a Six Flags pass next year.  I'll just go to HW again.

Friday, August 24, 2001 2:46 PM
I went to
 PKI -this Summer was not that Impressed. The Park shows its age abit.  the Beast was a rough ride but the helix was rip- roaring awsome !  SOB   was ok.  the loop added a nice touch. thought it could have been better.   FOF was my favorite ride there i could see if that had OTSH it would been head bangin for sure
SFWOA  - wadda Dump !   X flight is defintely a cool Ride . would not wait more than 45 min for it tho.. next year i take a broom with me.
CP  - Ho Hum  nothing new ..Except for upradeing my season pass to joe cool . it allowed me in the park 1 hour earlier .I rode M Force 6 times in a row. then sat back and watched  " The running of the Bulls "  
But Over all a fun time was had.. and Its not over yet...
Roller coaster of Love ~ ooi ~ ooi ~ ooi
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Friday, August 24, 2001 3:01 PM
I've done 19 parks this year, and in two weeks I will be hitting California, Nevada and Texas and I'll be doing more.
This year I'll remember:

The smell of the trees on the Beast

My two bruises on SOB

Being the next to ride X-Flight when it broke down and didn't re-open after a 2 hour wait

Getting soaked at 8am at Coastermania

The ultimate air on Phoenix and S:ROS and the back seat on SFNE's Cyclone

The amazing launch on Hypersonic

Riding Volcano with no one else on the train (thaaank you)

Great year and it's not over yet!
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Friday, August 24, 2001 3:12 PM
Well, on the way to Cornerstone festival, I kicked off the "Road Trip" aspect of the 2001 season for me with a trip to Six Flags St. Louis. I was most blown away by Screamin' Eagle, which offered great air in a slightly out of control wooden ride setting. The Boss was a great ride, yet not what I was expecting after being so addicted to Ghostrider. Mr. Freeze and Ninja were not painful, although many people complained they were. Overall, a beautiful park and a great way to kick off the summer.

Next I went up to Northern California with one of my friends. The Giant Dipper at SCBB is now my favorite coaster over 70 years old ;). A wonderful classic, and the boardwalk was great.

Marine World got my second attendance this year, and I loved rides on Roar, Medusa, and v2. I was kind of disappointed by v2, but Medusa and Roar delieved what I knew I was in for from an older trip. Great rides! Here I discovered exactly how NOT to run a fastpass program, as a line from the 1 hour point took an hour and 45 minutes.

My first trip to PGA took me by surprise. Top Gun shot it's way into my top five steel as the surprise hit of my Northern California trip. Stealth was exactly what I expected: a wonderful ride. Overall I was pleased by the cleanliness and staff of the park, and a pretty decent selection of fun coasters.

Virginia was my third destination, which was a family event. First came BGW. Apollo's Chariot launched to my number one steel coaster, and Alpengiest, although slightly disappointing, was still awesome. Loch Ness Monster was very disappointing, but Big Bad Wolf absolutely BLEW me away. The park is the most beautiful I've ever seen.

PKD has one major disappointment in the fact that Hypersonic broke down and I didn't get to ride. Three top quality woodies, although none of them top ten material. Flight of Fear was great, and Anaconda was surprisingly fun. Shockwave threatened to kill me, and I will never ride a TOGO standup again. Avalanche was much better than expected. What took me by surprise the most was Volcano, however, which unseated Apollo (who only had the #1 steel coaster spot on my list for 5 days!) Volcano is now my favorite coaster along with Ghostrider. The park was great, and the selection of coasters was impressive.

SFA was a nightmare for tall men. However, I got on everything, and S:ROS was absolutely amazing. The air on that was unreal. Batwing was better than Stealth, and Roar was the same as Roar West. Good park, poorly run.

In conclusion: (Lists ARE in order)

Best new coasters of the summer: 1. Volcano 2. Apollo's Chariot 3. Superman Ride of Steel 4. Top Gun (PGA), 5.Alpengeist.

Most Surprisingly good coasters of the summer: 1. Top Gun (PGA) 2.Big Bad Wolf 3. Screamin' Eagle 4.Volcano.

Worst of the Summer: 1. Shockwave (PKD) 2. Grizzly (PGA)

Best Wooden Coaster of the Summer: Roar (SFMW)

Overall...BEST coaster of the summer: VOLCANO!

Friday, August 24, 2001 5:08 PM
Well, I must say that I've had one of the best summers since I was in high school.  Having a 2 1/2 year old daughter, I would have never guessed we would have been able to do as much as we did, but lucky for her and us, she has grandparents who love to babysit.

My year started out by finally joining ACE, which in turn got me an invitation to the commercial shoot for X-Flight at SFWoA.  Quickly followed by Media Day at SFWoA. 

Next was a 3 day trip to Kings Island.  It had been 10 years since my previous visit and my husband had never been there.  We stayed at the campground which was very relaxing.  The Beast was everything I remembered and quickly jumped to my husband's favorite woodie.  Sonny was better than I expected, but after reading so much about it, I knew where to sit and where not to.  FOF rocked!!

Then was our first "coaster" event at Cedar Point in Coastermania.  What an absolutely great time we had.  A little soggy in the morning but it kept the crowds away, which is always a good thing.  Stayed at the campground for this event and talk about bugs.  WOW!  Now I know what "mayfly season" is all about, eventhough they are actually Muffleheads.

Next was another trip to Cedar Point with some friends for three days.  Another amazing time (this park never disappoints me).  We stayed at the campground for this trip also.  I'm happy to say the Muffleheads were gone.

Then we took a nice day trip back in time to Conneaut Lake Park.  We took our daughter with us to this one and she had a blast riding all the spin-n-pukes or "big" rides.

Next was a day trip to SFWoA with our very own GregLeg.  Good time was had.

Then there was our very first ACE event, KennyKon at Kennywood Park.  Another great time and Phantom's Revenge was much more than I expected.  All I could say when I got off was "Oh my God, the airtime!!"

The next trip was a day trip to SFWoA with my husband and some friends.  Needless to say my husband was not too impressed with the park, but when all was said and done, we had a decent time.

Next we took our daughter to Idlewild and again she loved riding the "big" rides.  She rode Rollo Coaster and except for the last drop before the turn around, she liked it. 

But we aren't done yet.  We are going to SFWoA yet again next Monday (it's a shame to waste a free season pass and free admission passes, even if it is SFWoA).  We will also be attending Millennium Mania at CP, Halloweekends at CP (I'm buying a season pass next year), FrightFest at SFWoA, PPP at Knoebel's (I'm really looking forward to this one as we have never been there) and RideFest at Lakemont Park (another new park to us).  Also might be able to squeak in a trip to SFKK if the airfare is right.

It may not seem like much to those of you who go to 15 - 20 different parks a year (I can only dream), but it's a lot for us and we've had a lot of fun.  Last year our trips consisted of PGA, CP (3x) and IOA.  I started the season out with 75 coasters in my track record and will have close to 110 when all is said and done. 

 I think the most important thing was being able to spend time with family and friends and how much fun we had with them all.  You see things in a whole different perspective when you are sitting next to your child, watching them laugh and seeing how happy they are, even though you maybe thinking "this ride better stop soon or I'm going to hurl."  I can't wait till next year when my daughter will be able to ride even more.

Christ how do you kids do it

Friday, August 24, 2001 7:02 PM
Mine's short.....

Going Full Force....In the FRONT SEAT

Other than getting off plastered with bugs, it was great, and well worth the extra 20 min.!


Friday, August 24, 2001 7:28 PM
This post skips around a lot, because I wrote it as it came to me. :)

Riding Raptor in the rain at morning ERT at Coastermania was a memorable and awakening experience. :)

I rode 47 roller coasters than day, and I must say I was quite proud of myself. :) 20 rides on Magnum, 15 straight in a row while power riding. I had to duck under the queue on Magnum for my final time. :( Oh well, at least I won't have to stretch before I power ride next time. ;)

I was a little disappointed that I only made it to Cedar Point twice this year...back in June. Went to Cedar Point by myself the second time. I liked being my own boss that day.

I also learned this year that rain is your friend at Cedar Point. When it rains, literally all the coasters stay open as long it doesn't lightning. :) And much of the GP gets scared away.

I never had more than a 10 minute wait for Magnum all season, Raptor's paint job not only makes it look great, but that thing is more intense than ever.

I got to ride the number 1 and 5 woodie this year at Holiday World. The Legend is an unbelieveable, intense, rough, and simply AWESOME woodie! I'll have to ride The Beast again to figure out which I like better. I didn't like The Raven as much, but it still was cool.

At Coastermania, MF was running quite possibly the fastest it's ever run. This thing was booking. The first tunnel was defeaning, prolonged exposure would have caused hearing loss...it was that loud. This thing was screaming through the layout. Definitely the best 3 rides I've ever had on this monster. Nothing in my life compares to the power and intensity this thing was shoveling out that night. And experiencing it with other enthusiasts helped a lot, especially with the electricity in the line.

And last, but certainly not least, DO NOT RIDE MILLENNIUM FORCE UP FRONT IN THE POURING RAIN! Three trains before mine, it started to downpour. And we're talking big droplets...I wasn't looking forward to that ride very much.

I boarded and as we pull out of the station I knew I was in for one HELL of a ride...The first drop was cool because we fell faster thatn the raid and the rain fell up...something you don't see everyday. :) I wasn't able to enjoy the rest of the ride at all. The pelting rain felt as if was piercing my skin. It felt like hundreds of needles poking into my face. I *tried* to shield my face from the painful onslaught of water droplets, but had little success.

The only parts I could open my eyes up on and *enjoy* myself was the drops and in the tunnels. Since I had ridden it several times, and know the layout, I knew where these parts were so that helped a little. No only did hurt like hell, but I also got way more soaked than on any ride on Thunder Canyon. Remember I was up front so I got the worst possible treatment.

Let's just say that it was an "unique" experience. If I had a choice of riding MF in the pouring rain or not riding it at all, I would choose to ride it just because I'm a coaster freak, but the average member of the GP couldn't be dragged on that thing kicking and screaming. :)

Although it was the more excruciating thing I've ever been through, at least I can say I *experienced* it a much different way than the other 19 times I rode. :)

I ended up liking the fact I got soaked though because I didn't care that I got rained on for the rest of the time it rained. People on Magnum were complaining about how a slight drizzle hurt while on Magnum, they had no idea how bad it could have been...

Mayday - Memorial Day Weekend - Nonpoint, Nickelback, Oleander, Staind
Ozzfest - June 8 - Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Black Sabbath
Awake Tour- June 15 - Darwin's Waiting Room, Puddle of Mudd, Deftones, Godsmack

Friday, August 24, 2001 7:59 PM
Worst 5 experiences
5.Experting to end up in Alaska after my Overhyped Flight of Fear Ride.
4. Watching Vekoma rides not work, one which I would be to tall to ride anyway
3. Always getting baked in the sun when set on rides (being on top of beasst 2nd hill for 5 was OK though)
2. Watching SOB not run when I'm there. (think I'll go back to PKI when they buy a ride THAT WORKS!)
1. Waiting too long than I should have for rides at Six Flags Worlds of One Train operations.

Top 5 experiences

5.Hitting A guy in the back because of Phantoms Revenge insane Double Dip.
4. Riding Villain 12 straight times in the dark without getting off (ERT baby!!)
3. Riding Gemini 100 times in a day.
2. Riding a walk on, slick railed Magnum for an hour with no trims in humid, winless conditions.
1.Riding Millennium Force 16 times in one day under perfect fast conditions, In July!
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Friday, August 24, 2001 10:18 PM
Well i got to BGW, PKD, Kennywood, CP, SFWoA.

AC-Blew me away, i was just in awww, easily in my top ten, truley a god among coasters.

Alpie-I thought was awsome, not as good as her sister montu but one of the best inverted coasters ever.

Hypersonic-Short, very short, but the launch and hill were just awsome.

Volcano-I acctually didn't know a whole lot about it before i rode it so i had no expectations.  and it was just one of the most unique coaster i have ever had the prevliage of riding.

Phantom-Actually thought it wouldn't be as good as they said, boy i was dead wrong. Airtime to the max, i thought i was going to fly out of the trian.

MF-Awsome, easily took the #2 spot on my fav coasters.  I acctually saw balckspots after the first overbanked turn.

X-Flight-a first, the flying feeling i thought wouldn't be as good as they said it was, but it really felt like you were flying and the ehlix at the end was intense.

B:KF-One it was only 5 inversions so i thought it would be lacking in some way, well i was wrong, i exspecialy like the banked turns inbetween the loop and cobra roll.

S:UE-I wasn't that empressed

Villian-I thought it was awsome, all those little hills at those high speeds.

Montu, God Of Coasters

Saturday, August 25, 2001 7:49 AM
This summer I had the pleasure of riding Nitro at SFGAdv, which easily found its place in my top 3 coasters.  Gotta love the airtime :-)

However, the most disapointing thing was the bug problem at Cedar Point.  It was only my second trip out there, and it was during the really hot stretch a few weeks ago.  It was just starting to get dark, and we were on line for Mantis, the last ride we hadn't been on during the day yet.  We waited patiently for the front, but apparently during the 10 minutes we were in the station, millions of gnats (or whatever they are) had come out.  I wasn't aware that this kind of thing happened at CP.  Anyway, suffice to it to say, the onride photo shows all of us with our eyes closed because we're getting pelted by little bugs.  At the end of the ride, our clothes and faces are littlerally covered with hundreds of squashed bugs.  We ended up leaving the park and didn't get the chance to ride MF at night :-(  But otherwise, it was a great trip...

Saturday, August 25, 2001 11:07 AM
My memorable moments of this summer:
-Waiting two hours for MF two times when it broke down...while I was in the load station.
-MF's first seat
-Raptor an almost walk-on and the DJ playing to an empty queue
-Getting stuck at the outdoor end part of Splash Mountain...in a downpour.
-How could I forget PR? The little coaster that could. Awesome
Assistant Webmaster
Kennywood Park Unlimited

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 12:17 PM
This had to be the best in 2001. Here are some of the parks I have visited this season.
Big Cheif, Six Flags Great America, Holiday World, Michigans Adventure, Cedar Point, Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure, Kings Island, Dorney, Kennywood, Hershey, Knoebles, Lakemont, Worlds OF Fun, Valleyfair.
I had the best year in coaster riding. These are my plans for 2002: Bush Gardens Williamsburg is a must for me, Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Adventure, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Six Flags Over Georgia, Kings Dominion, Carowinds and Silver Dollar City. I'm already saving a lot of money for 2002. Hope everyone had a good year in 2001. I'm already planning for 2002!

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 2:13 PM
I got to go to more parks then expected this year thanks to our employee field trips. Visited SFDL, SFGAdv, PKI, and Kwood all for the first time ever this summer. Like Kwood the most and cant wait to go back next summer. The others where fun for me and got to do everything I wanted. But I think the highlight of the summer was getting to ride the Coney Island Cyclone twice on Wednesday. Also working at a park this summer was a great experience, even working on a ride that was always breaking down. That is the amazing X-Flight. I wouldn't have it any other way though and all of you can see me there next year if you come to visit.
Don't mess with the X in 01
X-Flight team member 2001!
Saturday, August 25, 2001 2:55 PM
What do I remember most about this coastering year?

20.  When Robb, Elissa, Derek, Kevin and George came to CP after Stark Raven Mad weekend and rode the Mine Ride three times hehe.

19.  Longaberger Day and actually being happy to have guests at Cedar Point.

18.  My first ride of the season, during the end of April, on Mine Ride.

17.  The weeks I spent at Cedar Point before anyone got to ride the rides, and how long the days were and how great the nights were.

16.  Losing my wallet and keys at Cedar Point and then finding out that they apparently got run over by Millennium Force.

15.  All of the enthusiasts I got to meet for the first time this season, and there were a lot!

14.  My first day working on Millennium Force.

13.  My last day working on Mine Ride!

12.  My first ride on Raging Bull.  (impression:  overbraked, has such great potential...nickname:  Castrated Cow)

11.  My first ride on Phantom's Revenge.  (impression:  turned into my number two steel...I love the wicked violent airtime)

10.  Reaching the conclusion that Villain STILL doesn't impress me very much.

9.  My first ride on Shivering Timbers.  (impression:  HOLY AIRTIME BATMAN!)

8.  Mullet-hunting.

7.  Working Magnum for Coastermania ERT! 

6.  KennyKon and the great time I had there, even with getting my hand slapped WAY too hard by Neil Rupp and going on the Wipeout after the large ACE buffet.

5.  Getting my revenge on the aforementioned Neil Rupp during his trip to Cedar Point. :o) (put the Ghostrider chick to shame)

4.  The Gemini 100.

3.  Seeing all the old enthusiasts I already knew again, catching up with everyone and having a good time (that's not done yet, here's to PPP and Supermania!)

2.  Being a leader on an awesome small crew in the beginning of the summer, one of the closest crews I've ever been on (Cedar Creek Mine Ride 2001), and then transferring to a huge crew that could only be described as a big, dysfunctional, loving family (Millennium Force 2001).

And the number one thing I remember about this coastering summer as it draws to a close:

A certain person entered my life, and he knows who he is.  He made me re-evaluate a lot of things about my life, decisions I had made and the direction I was headed.  I appreciate everything that he's done for me and enjoyed every single trip to a park with him and am certain that there will be many more! 

And with that my list of the most memorable events of the summer pre-Supermania and PPP ends.  Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed remembering these events.


Who's getting all sentimental and stuff :oP

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 3:10 PM
...that's something to brag about, "My keys and wallet were run over by Millennium Force!" Although that would still suck.

Oh yeah, I forgot one...meeting Natalie at Cedar Creek Mine Ride at Coastermania, and then again at Magnum at evening ERT. Hope to see you next year. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2001 5:31 PM
I dunno if I could rank them but...

Worst Experiances-

Shockwave at PKD

waiting 2 hours for XLC after it broke down

waiting, period ;)

Volcano front seat in the rain...

Camping at the PKD campground in the rain

Best Experiances..

the skycoaster at Carowinds

Top Gun at Carowinds in the front

XLC in the front after two hours of waiting

Grizzly at night in the back.. OMG!

Volcano in the front(even in the rain, lol)

I'm sure theres more but I can't think of any right now, Also my season isn't even over yet, I go to BGW in a few days and  PKI next month, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of great experiances there too.

Sunday, August 26, 2001 1:37 PM
This was easily my best year yet.  Without even going into "routine" park visits (and I managed a lot ;) ), I have:

o  My first CoasterBash (where I met Lynch and Joe)

o Hypersonic Media Day

o  My first SRM (and certainly not my last!), with Jeremy (followed up with my first visit to SFKK for ACE day there)

o X-Flight commercial shoot (where I met Lori)

o  Coastermania (my 3rd, and 2nd in a row)

o  My first ACE Convention (and not my last!), which consisted ENTIRELY of new-to-me coasters (not counting our sidetrips to SFA and SFGAdv, both of which I'd been to)

o  KennyKon (my 2nd)

And I'm still not done.  MM in just a bit over a week, PPP (my 2nd), RideFest (ditto), various closing days...

My track record went from 83 to 121 so far this year, with the (slim) possibility of a few more still in the works.


Next summer promises to be even better with the ACE European trip (which I fully plan on attending if I can)

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