Kennywood 5-19-02 ... two hours of bliss

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Sunday, May 19, 2002 8:31 PM

Seeing as I do work in Kennywood, one would think that I wouldn't want to spend my off time riding. Well then, you don't know me.

After working my shift of 10am till 4pm, I met with fellow coaster crazy GregLeg for some after work fun time. The park was closing at 7pm because of XTREMELY small crowds so that didn't give me a ton of time but just enough. We basically winged it going from ride to ride, riding the next closest ride. We hoped aboard the following rides in no particular order... Racer, Jack Rabbit, T-Bolt, PR, Exterminator, Aero 360, Pittfall, The Kurve, Flying Carpet, Kangaroo, Noah's Ark, and The Pirate. All of them running very well with great lateral airtime on T-Bolt, PR, and Racer, spooky good time on the Ark, and the now smoothly running Carpet and Pirate.

After only two and a half hours of riding and chit chatting about our future summer plans and such, we parted our ways and headed home. It was nice riding with you Greg and I can't wait for my first ACE event, Kenny Kon. Peace!

Coasterman Mike

Now, a card carrying member of ACE.
Total rides on Pittfall: 255
Total rides on Superman:UE : 633

Monday, May 20, 2002 5:09 AM

I was going it alone on this day. So, I hadn't ridden Thunderbolt until I hooked up with Mike. I was very happy with how TBolt was running. I've now made 2 trips to the park, and TBolt has delivered not only good laterals, but also air, on both visits.

Our lap on PR was in the back row, and was my 7th for the day and 100th total if I've counted correctly. Yay. I'll start on the next 100 at KennyKon :)

Some other random notes:

The weather was very inconsistent, a very typical spring day. It was COLD and rainy for much of the day (which is why attendance was so low), but when the sun came out it was actually very nice. At one point it started hailing (while I was on the Carpet), which prompted a "What are you doing here again?" query from the rideop.

Other random observations:

I tried the "Fish & Chips" stand. The signature dish is respectable, consisting of 2 batter-dipped deep-fried fish filets and a generous portion of crisscross fries. Other items on the menu at this stand include chicken fingers, a chicken sandwich, a fish sandwich, and chicken wings "served in our mild buffalo sauce" (which I suspect will be the same sauce over at the Small Fry).

The "Country Corn" stand (roasted corn) is back. On opening day, the stand was half-there, and we couldn't figure out if it was coming or going.

Crowds were incredibly light -- there were LOTS of closed rides, and all coasters (except Racer, of course) had 1 train going. I was able to walk onto the Phantom (actually I had to wait for the train to return ;-) ), and stay on the Racer.

Like Mike said, bliss. I was there for about 6 hours total, and had a great time.

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Monday, May 20, 2002 4:54 PM
The rides were probley closed because of the weather!


Monday, May 20, 2002 6:20 PM
Jeff's avatar

That's a remarkable conclusion.

Jeff - Webmaster/Admin -,
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

Monday, May 20, 2002 6:28 PM

LOL :)

So Far So Good...So What?!

Monday, May 20, 2002 7:30 PM

Ya, who wants to ride the Rapids or Jammer when its so cold out.... oh wait... sadly people still do ride those things in the 40 degree PA temps.

Gotta love those GP ;)

Coasterman Mike

Kennywood, Celebrating 75 Years of Racing Sperm ;)


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