GhostRider Retracking?

Wednesday, March 1, 2006 2:36 PM
I had heard that every year before the solace, GR is closed for a couple weeks for some cleaning up to say the least. I was wondering what the word is on retracking, has part of it been retracked (hopefully the bottom of the DROP) because that part this summer was pretty wicked. Thanks a lot guys!
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 3:19 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I likes it wicked. ;)

T-10 days 'til Solace!


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 3:46 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar Yep, bring on the wicked!

Can't wait to get out there next week!


Certain victory.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 6:18 PM
Actually I thought the bottom of the drop was really smooth this year after they retracked it last Feb. In fact the whole ride seemed to be running better than the year before. Still intense of course. :)
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006 8:57 PM
Mamoosh's avatar According to a friend of mine who rode just after it reopened recently it's running "like a bat out of hell" and "not rough at all."
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 2:01 AM
I wonder if that was my quote?!? I was there a couple weekends ago right after it reopened and I REALLY enjoyed all my night rides on the sucker. Yes, the bottom of the first drop got retracked (right side). There's still a couple rough spots here and there, but nothing too crazy, and it really carries the speed, especially through the 'crazy' section... :)

It was sooo good and just plain nutz, I actually called it a night at 9:45pm on a 10pm close becuase I couldn't take anymore--I was done and had my fill (helped having only a 5 minute wait!). Good times, good times.....

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 11:12 AM
Mamoosh's avatar Nope...not you!
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 11:18 AM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar How is the helix these days? Last time I rode GR was about 5 years ago, the weekend after Solace, and the helix was kinda slugish. I've heard it can be INSANE. Does it every compare to the intensity of Timbers (the helix)?

Can't wait! Now I'm starting to wish I had opted for the Friday ERT instead of Disney. Almost there.....


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 11:29 AM
rollergator's avatar Matt, if you're like me (and I'm beginning to think you are, you freak), you'll be back for Solace again....and again....and again....

Solace *is* addictive...and I can even ride over the Winter months!

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 1:32 PM
Dam, sounds like I need to get to The Farm sometime soon. Last few times I've been there GR was so brutal, couldn't get any of my friends to go for multiple rides it beat em up so bad. Sorta embarrassing after I had bragged on how awesome GR is/was. Been waiting for a major retracking, a smooth forcefilled GR is definitely worth the 6hr drive for me!
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 2:43 PM
rollergator's avatar jomo, have to admit I've only been once on a non-Solace occasion....but since it was October, I think Ghostie was "all spruced up" for Knott's Scary Farm....

Glad I've never ridden it in "rough" condition, Ghostie has been more impressive and less impressive at times, but never what I think of as rough...that coaster is WAY too intense for that...

Then again, I *love* Tx Giant...so there goes my credibility... LOL!

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 2:50 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar I love Texas Giant too. Back seat all the way! What does that tell you, Bill? ;)

I love Knott's--one of my top 5 parks. I am already planning on going back to Solace again and again....it's nice to finally have a job that can support my hobby. ;) *** Edited 3/2/2006 7:52:49 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 3:23 PM
rollergator's avatar ^ Tells me you have no credibility either... ;)
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 4:02 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar Yeah. I don't know what Matt was on when we rode TX Giant. He kept convincing me to get back on and I kept regretting it halfway through the lap. ;)

How the heck do y'all find time for all these events? Don't you have, y'know, jobs?

(although I suppose having a job that requires working on Sundays hinders things) *** Edited 3/2/2006 9:05:31 PM UTC by ApolloAndy***


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 4:05 PM
Acoustic Viscosity's avatar LOL.
Did I mention I opted to ride Cyclone over Supes for my last couple of rides at SFNE? I prefer OzCat, Lightning Racer and Wildcat to Thunderhead. And I waited about 90 minutes for the SLC at AstroWorld.
My enthusiast card has been revoked several times already. :)

EDIT: Andy, you know you loved it! Damn, those night rides were fun!
As for a job--I teach (full-time) Monday through Thursday, so I gotta get through those long weekends somehow. ;) *** Edited 3/2/2006 9:09:43 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***


AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 4:05 PM
I'm in the same camp, TG was rough, but such a great layout and insane ending, totally forgave the roughness and still a top 10 woodie for me. Same thing with GR, still an awesome ride no matter, but I remember riding during it's first season, total coaster nirvana! Forceful and insane without the spinal adjustment.
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Thursday, March 2, 2006 4:07 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar I waited that 90 min with you. ;) I think being a cre-ho increases your enthusiast credibility, though. Being an anti-elitist is just plain wrong.

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 5:17 PM
Ya know, When a 60ft tall coaster washboards (Big Dipper Geauga) it's just as painful as a big coaster shaking around.

I too prefered Riverside Cyclone to S:ROS but wasn't willing to wait in the hour long line more than twice. Not when I could ride S:ROS over thirty times in the last two hours :)

Im not a cre-ho either like Gator is. I don't beat up Grandmas to get my kiddy credits :)

Chuck

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Thursday, March 2, 2006 9:42 PM

Mamoosh said:
According to a friend of mine who rode just after it reopened recently it's running "like a bat out of hell" and "not rough at all."

I'm happy to hear it!!!!! This summer when I rode it I thought it was probably the roughest It had been (at least for me) but I just love that coaster SO DAMN MUCH that it didn't really bother me that bad.

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