My California Trip, Part One

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 6:55 PM
Hi, all I just got home last night from my week in California. This is the Trip that finally got me over the 200 mark.

In order of visit Saturday, 6/21 I arrived in San Jose picked up my rental and headed to PGA. I kept getting the feeling as a Midwesterner that this was Bazarro Great America, it is just enough the same as SFGrAm to make you really feel confused. Being a nice Saturday the Park was packed and combined with my Jet Lag it made for a really bad combo. I was in no mood to wait in lines so I spent a couple hours just enjoying the park. I ate Enchiladas at the food court, and got one, yes one ride in on my new worst coaster. Grizzly,I don’t know why but this thing looks great but runs slower than dirt, it really had no redeeming characteristics. Well so much for getting my count up here, I still wanted to at least see the Golden Gate so I drove full circle around SF Bay and finally got to my Hotel, the Hilton San Jose at about 7:00 and relaxed before going to bed.

Sunday 6/22 was my first non-park day of two. I went up into the Mountains and visited Sequoia NP, I am still amazed that a tree can grow to the size of the mighty Sequoia, I also realized how out of shape I am when I proceeded to climb the steps up Moro Rock, I got ¾ of the way up and started to hack and wheeze, Well I am working on that and have lost a few pounds already but that’s another matter. I finally arrived at the Bakersfield Red Lion Hotel at about 7:00.

Monday, I left the hotel at about 7:00 and arrived at SFMM at 8:15, the line was way down the road by the time the gates opened up soon after 9:00.·

Today X was my first mission, after paying 15.00 for a FastLane I headed right there. FastLane is not usable on X, but I got there just as the line was entering the steps, and my wait for row three was about 30 min. Wow what a letdown, that thing felt like it was going to shake apart, I actually got a rougher ride than from GASM at Great Adventure. It was fun to ride but, I can see why it requires so much maintenance, it is literally tearing itself apart.

· After X I proceeded to Panda Express and had a relatively good lunch for 9.95 with drink.

My next mission was up the hill for Superman, it was a 15 min. wait for the second row. I love the moment of weightlessness at the top, and got a good look around while up there, I really wonder how the food stand workers stand the noise all day at the Fry stand directly below the tracks.

Ninja was closed, and Deja Vu had a two hour line, and I saw no fastlane sign, so I skipped it.

· Psyclon was running great I really enjoyed the ride this trip, I take back everthing I said bad about it in the past.· Riddler's Revenge, this is now my favorite Stand up, it was really a great ride even with the confusing Queue house.

· Bat Man skipped it this time around

· Scream, another great Six Flags parking lot coaster, another no theme Six Flags ride. –Fastlane used, 10 min wait for front to last row

· Colossus why doesn’t this ride ever race, it is a good coaster, even with Morgan trains.

· Goliath This thing gave a great ride this day lots of air and great speed. –Fastlane used, 10 min wait next to last row.

· Viper saved for last, this ride made me realize how much I miss its brother at Great AmericaI took a spin on the Serria Twist, I wish more parks still had Baryne Curves, I also rode the rotor.

At 5:00 I left the park to head to La Mirada and the Holiday Inn, the wrong time to leave for the opposite side of LA I now realize. It took two hours mostly at less than 40 mph down I-5.To be continued – Disney, Calf. Adv. And Knott’s in part two.

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Dave

Beware of Kiddie Coasters

*** This post was edited by kneemeister 6/29/2003 11:00:44 PM ***

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 7:15 PM
awesome TR Dave....remember, there is ONLY ONE grizzly..my PKD baby :)

too bad about X....hopefully it will perform welll for me in October

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Sunday, June 29, 2003 7:38 PM
Damn work or I would have been with you. Good to hear about the MM woodies running decently.

And Tim, screw X .We both know Robin is really where it's at ;)

Nice TR Dave

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Monday, June 30, 2003 5:23 AM
Just curious, did you ride in the outside or inside? I heard the outside is pretty bad...I hope it isn't a letdown when I go in August!!

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Monday, June 30, 2003 7:47 AM
I had the same experience on X, it just wasn't running good at all, it was so painful, I was really let down. All in all it was still fun to ride, but it was rough.

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CCI Lives On!
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Monday, June 30, 2003 10:31 AM
kneemeister said:
Hi, all I just got home last night from my week in California. This is the Trip that finally got me over the 200 mark.

Congratulations! Fells good to get there, doesn't it? ;-)

Sunday 6/22 was my first non-park day of two. I went up into the Mountains and visited Sequoia NP, I am still amazed that a tree can grow to the size of the mighty Sequoia, I also realized how out of shape I am when I proceeded to climb the steps up Moro Rock, I got ¾ of the way up and started to hack and wheeze, Well I am working on that and have lost a few pounds already but that’s another matter. I finally arrived at the Bakersfield Red Lion Hotel at about 7:00.

I always applaud enthusiasts who come out to California and actually take time to see some of what makes the state so beautiful. Yes, we have some good amusement parks, but Sequioa and Yosemite will absolutely blow you away. I highly recommend taking (at least) a day to see each.

Today X was my first mission, after paying 15.00 for a FastLane I headed right there. FastLane is not usable on X, but I got there just as the line was entering the steps, and my wait for row three was about 30 min. Wow what a letdown, that thing felt like it was going to shake apart, I actually got a rougher ride than from GASM at Great Adventure. It was fun to ride but, I can see why it requires so much maintenance, it is literally tearing itself apart.

Sounds like you rode on the outside. I haven't ridden it in some time, but the inside seats are a lot better in terms of not being man-handled brutally. I miss X being a good ride in both seats; when it opened Moosh and I used to coin-flip over who got the outside seat...now it's over who gets the inside one, LOL!

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Monday, June 30, 2003 10:41 AM
I will have to remember to ride on this inside on X when I am out there in August.

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Bob Hansen
Resident Airtime Whore

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Monday, June 30, 2003 12:56 PM
Hey Dave, seems like your experience on X Was much like mine. I rode on an inside seat and was just beaten to death by the thing!!! Now I know not to get my hopes up over an Arrow..

I hope the rest of your California trip was better! I cant wait to read about the rest of it.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 7:35 AM
I've only been to SFMM once, it was just at Christmas time. When I went I was extremely impressed with X, it was smooth as can be. Could it have torn itself apart in 7 months? I sure hope not because I am planning to go on the 14th and 15th of july and I have raved about this ride so much to my friends. Oh well either way I will still like the ride I can handle pain.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2003 9:37 PM
It would be a real drag to wind up at your first park of your trip and have no energy to ride anything, PGA is a good park, too bad you had to ride the Grizzly! I guess it's the perfect familly ride!

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