SFGAm 8/22/1

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Thursday, August 23, 2001 6:51 AM
After many months of postponement, my dad, a friend, and I traveled to our home park to do some riding.

We arrived just after a rain cloud passed over, so the crowds were minimal (only the first 2 rows of parking were full) and the weather turned out to be fine until the end of the day. After waiting in line to get in, we lined up for the running of the bulls (though we walked) to V². It was down until the afternoon. We walked across the midway to Batman and got on the 4th train of the day in the second row. Boy was that drop breath taking! The rest of the ride was abnormally smooth, and not to high in the g's to make all of your blood stay in your feet for the next hour.

Next was Iron Wolf. I tried: Jeff's method to riding a stand up©  Wow!......Wow! That's all I can say. 2 days ago I would have thought: Good standup coaster at SFGAm? Where? Boy was I surprised. No headbanging or anything. Not to mention nobody was there yet, so it was practically a walk on

We next went to the American Eagle. Only the red side was running today. It was erie to see the American Eagle as a walk-on. Rode it in 1:3. Hmmmm......1:3 didn't do a thing for me, and it was had PTCs. I figured it was only for Viper and proceeded on.

Next was the Demon. We sat in the back and got some decent ejector air on the first hill, but then it got a little rough towards the end.

Raging Bull was next. Sat in the back. It wasn't as good as I remembered, but was still thrilling.

Viper was the disappointment of the day. I remembered last year's rides being full of laterals and ejector air. It still had plenty of laterals but no ejector air. And I sat in the back too.

The Whizzer was next, and we sat in the back. I learned it's a much better ride in the front, but I never got a chance to reride it.

Dino Island 3D had no wait, so we hopped right on

When we reached Orleans Place, we saw V², so we passed up Shockwave and headed directly there. Sat in the back, and what can I say? Best ride of the day. I've got to get on more launched coasters. It was really fun to see all the people gasp at it getting stuck at the top of the straight spike. "Oh no, it's broken!"

From now on, we just circled the park, riding all the coasters we saw. Shockwave was a walk on, and I can see why. Much worse than last year. Maybe it was just the train. (blue was refurbished last year)

Our feet started to hurt after walking around the park 2½ times, and it was starting to rain, so we left around 6:20. (The park was going to close at 7:00 anyway, and the coasters were closed due to lightning) I left the park disappointed in the wooden coasters, not providing their usual ejector air, and surprised in both V² and Iron Wolf.

Thursday, August 23, 2001 7:04 AM
What is Jeff's method for riding a stand-up?
Thursday, August 23, 2001 9:25 AM
Feet against the wall behind you, lean forward, and make sure there's enough room between you and the bicycle seat.
"We are no longer the knights who say Ni! We are now the knights who say eckyeckyeckyeckypakungloopoingengzourjin." "Ni"
Thursday, August 23, 2001 9:30 AM
Thank you

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