Dorney, 10/4 - Hard Rain

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 8:54 AM
After a wonderful evening at SFGAdv (TR here), it was Day 2 on our east coast trip. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not as cooperative as the night before, as we hit a steady rain on the drive up to Allentown. After sitting in the local Perkins for some grub, we watched as opening time grew nearer while the rain kept falling. From our booth, we could see the lift for Talon, and amazingly enough, it seemed as though they were running.

We were heavily debating skipping the park, as my cohorts didn't have CF season passes like I did, and were unsure of wanting to risk the $21 on a mere possibilty of getting in a few rides. We drove up through the drop-off gate to see that at least the two big boys were running. The rain had stopped for a few moments, so we decided to go for it.

Inside, we walked over to Dorney's inverter, but my brother suggested we hit stuff that would shut down quicker during a light rain. So, it was past the closed Wild Mouse and sadly dormant Hercules, down the hill, and eventually to our first ride of the day.

While waiting, who should appear on the incoming train? Why it's those self-proclaimed sexy hardbodies, nasai and Peabody! Along with ApolloAndy and Nathan (Black7), they left the station, while we got our ride on...

Thunderhawk
Highs: Trains seem to like the rain-soaked rails, neat layout
Lows: I, however, do not like being rain-soaked.
The Verdict: A fun coaster painted the exact same color as my dad's old Pontiac - Odd.

Off of the old wood, it's over to catch up with "the crew" at the big boy of Dorney. The ride crew had us wait for a break in the rain, so we were all huddled outside the station house. We were introducted to some more folks (I'm sorry, I can't remember everyone's name!) while Rob was "holding court" describing some of his various exploits, complete with sound effects! (What was that noise again, Rob?:)) Finally, the rope is dropped, and we get on....

Steel Force
Highs: Nice air on the post-MCBR stretch, interesting scenery/rides below the track.
Lows: OK, really do not like being rain-soaked.
The Verdict: My first coaster ride through a steady rain is a fun, albeit quite painful, one.

After our ride, it's even more people meeting under the shelter of the on-ride photo booth. In an unfortunate instance of foreshadowing, my traveling compainions were anxious to keep moving. So, while everyone else head back around to lap the Force, we trudge past the closed Laser and up the hill to hit the mass of blue and orange...

Talon
Highs: Great, smooth custom layout, the surprise left-hand direction of the barrel roll, and Cedar Fair does a nice queue for once.
Lows: Yeah, this rain stuff is getting pretty damned annoying.
The Verdict: I could really get used to that Immelman, yeah!

After a couple laps, we pause to assess the situation. With solid gray drizzle all around, it was obvious that the Laser and the Mouse weren't going to open anytime soon. To make sure our little disappearing act wasn't our final impression, I left my cohorts and walked around a little to catch back up with Jeff and Rob. Correct cell number in hand, I bid my adieu.

It was really nice to meet up with everyone, albeit brief. I think I'll have to make sure that I work these things out better next time.

Well, back in the car and it's off to Knoebel's!

Later,
EV
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"Everybody has desperate days of quiet questioning.
Everybody has times when they feel like they don't fit in."
- Color Theory, So Many Ways, 2001
*** This post was edited by EchoVictor 10/9/2003 1:38:04 PM ***

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 9:07 AM
Nice TR (and a great album, if anyone gets what I mean). It's a shame I can't make it out to Dorney for pre-PPP fun, but Kennywood seems to be the pre-PPP thing to do for folks coming in from the West. Perhaps I'll start making it a post-PPP thing. :)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 11:28 AM

EchoVictor said:


Thunderhawk
The Verdict: A fun coaster painted the exact same color as my dad's old Pontiac - Odd.


I remember when it used to be a really cool-looking gold color... it looked like it was "lit up" even on a cloudy day! Somewhere along the way, the color was changed from that gold to an odd shade of cream. Not as nice, but then, when Steel Force was built in '97, Albino was talking about stripping the paint off the ride and leaving it natural, so I guess its better cream-colored rather than unpainted?

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 11:28 AM

EchoVictor said:


Thunderhawk
The Verdict: A fun coaster painted the exact same color as my dad's old Pontiac - Odd.


I remember when it used to be a really cool-looking gold color... it looked like it was "lit up" even on a cloudy day! Somewhere along the way, the color was changed from that gold to an odd shade of cream. Not as nice, but then, when Steel Force was built in '97, Albino was talking about stripping the paint off the ride and leaving it natural, so I guess its better cream-colored rather than unpainted?

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 11:28 AM

EchoVictor said:


Thunderhawk
The Verdict: A fun coaster painted the exact same color as my dad's old Pontiac - Odd.


I remember when it used to be a really cool-looking gold color... it looked like it was "lit up" even on a cloudy day! Somewhere along the way, the color was changed from that gold to an odd shade of cream. Not as nice, but then, when Steel Force was built in '97, Albino was talking about stripping the paint off the ride and leaving it natural, so I guess its better cream-colored rather than unpainted?

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-Rob
A.C.E. member since 1990
Posting @ Coasterbuzz since 2000
E.C.C. member since 2002

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 3:45 PM
Eric, nice TR. Very nice TR. Was I really "holding court?" ;) I don't recall... although that sound was something like... aahahauuauuuuauaghhhhhhhhhhhhhhghghghgh! I think, anyway. ;)

I really enjoyed seeing you again, and wish we could of hung out more, but damn that rain! What happened anyway?
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Rob - Jerk/Loser - Standing up for the unfunny and unattractive. - Click here for details

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Thursday, October 9, 2003 8:35 AM
What happened? Grumpy, tired, wet travelling companions. :(

Later,
EV
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"Everybody has desperate days of quiet questioning.
Everybody has times when they feel like they don't fit in."
- Color Theory, So Many Ways, 2001

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