Knoebels 4/29

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Sunday, April 29, 2007 10:53 PM
I was at Knoebels from 12 til almost 6:30. I had quite a few Phoenix and Twister rides, they were running fast and reasonably smooth as usual. The smoothest seat on Twister was the front, but riding the back I had fun watching half the train in front of me putting their arms down or even ducking when they came to the cross-overs. Another fun highlight of Twister was watching the Pioneer Train travel behind the station, because there were at least 3 people riding with their dogs :)

Walked around the Flying Turns and took pictures. The structure was impressive, but it was obvious that there was a lot to be done yet. Saw a few guys cutting wood, but didn't see anybody working on the ride itself.

Rode the Downdraft. Had my first Whip ride ever. Rode the High Speed Thrill Coaster. Wanted to ride Fandango, but it was down. Went back later and it was up, but went down again after one cycle. I don't know what was wrong because I never saw anyone working on it. It was up again later, but by then I had decided I wasn't waiting in line in case it went down again.

At one point I decided to go for my first-ever ride on the Knoebels Flyers. I managed to swing my tub around at least 90 degrees several times, but I don't think I ever got the cables to go slack. The operator didn't seem to object to anyone's technique. The only low point of the day was that the kid in the tub in front of me puked over the side. I was flying at a different level so I was in the clear, but he hit quite a few spectators! *** Edited 4/30/2007 2:55:21 AM UTC by Jim S.***

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Saturday, May 5, 2007 7:31 PM
Oh man, by spectators do you mean people in the queue or other people watching by the fence? Rank amateur-- and I do mean rank! :)
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Saturday, May 5, 2007 7:57 PM
That was a great trip report, also I am confused about when Flying Turns will be done, becasue I have thought that it was going to be done by this year but, its not looking that way.
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Saturday, May 5, 2007 11:27 PM
RGB: People watching by the fence, although it would've reached the queue if it had happened on the right side of the ride. By the way, I forgot to mention that it was cool flying so close to the Flying Turns construction.

Audioslaved: The official word is that they're trying to have it open in July. That doesn't mean it'll happen, but I think they have a good chance. Work seems slow at times, but they seem to be working on multiple parts at once. There's trough going in the helix, there seems to be track going on one lift, and some of the station footers are in. The only bad news, if you can call it that, is that they'll probably open with just one train because they don't want to have more built until they're sure the design runs properly. Since I live nearby, I'm hoping I can get there on a slow day to ride it. I'm sure there will be a long wait on weekends.

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