Well I wasn't sure if I was going to get there on closing day but I am glad
that I did. It was a wonderful time. I left work at 10:30 and made my way to
Sandusky. I knew everyone was meeting at 1:00 so thought I had just enough
time. I was wrong. I got to the Soak City parking lot at 1:10 and when I
finally got in the park saw nobody. I sat down and thought maybe someone
would walk by. I sat and watched the trains leave the Magnum station and
after 20 minutes saw Scott Short in the train leaving the station. I looked
a little closer at the station and saw Roz Stevenson standing there so. My
hunch had paid off. I figured everyone would hit the Magnum first. I saw a
few new faces here and took awhile to put names to faces.
After everyone finally got off, it was decided to ride Gemini. Same as usual
here but always a fun ride. We then made our way to Mean Streak. I decided
on a back seat ride but so had Scott and Dan Haverlock. They got on first
then it was my turn riding with Brandon. I never caught his last name
though. As we crested the lift hill and made our way down we noticed the
brake was shut off. So we got an excellent ride even with the mid course
brake being on hard. After we got off we found out that the brake had been
on for everyone else so lucky thing number 1 had occurred.
We next rode Mine Ride and then made our way to Mantis. At this point we
decided to get something to eat. Then everyone decided to split up. Jim
Raimar was working his way to his 3000th ride of the year and wanted it to
be the last ride of the night on the Magnum. He only had 4 more rides so we
headed for Wildcat with Sean Flaharty and Iain Hendry. We then made our way
to the front of the park for a ride on Blue Streak. At this time Sean wanted
to show us his new license plate on his car and to get his jacket. Jim went
to get his season pass for next year. We met again at Raptor. At this point
we had I believe 5 in our group, we had met up with Jason but I never got
his last name either. We had decided to ride in the back row but needed to
fight over seat arrangement. We went with 2 on the first train, me in left
side Jason on right with 2 of the GP jumping in to join us in the middle.
Iain said that he had never ridden the back right so he was given that honor
and the 2nd train. At this point it was coming up on 6:00 and Iain wanted to
go back to Magnum and meet Dave Althoff. As we walked by Corkscrew we found
Dave looking at Tombstones and typing into his Psion. He was updating a list
of lost rides that the tombstones had on them. We made our way back to Power
Tower for a Turbo Drop ride.
I am not to fond of heights and the first time I had ridden this at
Coastermania I did not like the long slow climb to the top. I think this was
made even worse by being on the inside and having to look at the other
tower. So this I said I wanted an outside seat. We ended up on the side that
faces Magnum and I enjoyed the view and actually enjoyed the ride with some
At this point it was getting to be late and decided to make our way back to
check on the Magnum line. We thought we make be able to make a ride before
they closed the line. When we got there though we decided that it was not to
be so we made our way to Gemini. Sean and I chose the blue side, last car
first seat. It was a walkon. Dave and Iain took the red side in the same
seat Jason took the back seat. As we left the station after the turn Dave
yelled over that we were getting a brakeless ride. A few weeks ago after
leaving CP I met up with Mark Rosensweig from Michigan's Adventure at TGI
Fridays. He was meeting a few CP employees for dinner. One of these people
was a Gemini crewmember. I had told him that I had never had a brakeless
ride and wondered if they ever turned them off. He says they do it for the
employees but usually leave it on. Well as we come back into the station
this operator was running the ride and was pointing up at the Trim brake
sign right above his head and smiling. I wave at him. This was my luck day.
2 brakeless rides so far at CP today. A rarity at that.
We head back to Magnum to see what is going on and see we still have 1/2 an
hour to wait. Dave, Iain and Jason head to Corkscrew for a ride. Sean
decides to go to then Brandon and I tag along. We pass Dave and Iain
discussing the wobbling Chaos, in a world all there own, and make our way to
Corkscrew. Sean and Jason take the front seat and Brandon and I take the
second. Dave and Iain catch up and wait for a couple trains. We scream our
lungs out through the corkscrew and turn quite a few heads on the midway
Then it is back to Magnum to wait it out. The crowd at the entrance has
grown. Acers everywhere standing around talking amongst themselves. Finally
a ride op comes down and shuts off the line and it is still 20 to 30 minutes
left. As we get to the station everyone starts to talk about where to sit.
Jim and Sean are already in the back seat line, Scott and Dan head for row 3
but so do I and Brandon. Then here comes Dave and Iain. After the station
clears out a little more we finally decide to let Dave and Iain have 3.
Scott and Dan take row 4 and Brandon get in row 5. I have no idea where
everyone else ends up. As the ride op counts down the trains the number of
people run out to fill the train. The second to last train I think had the
Front and the back only filled. We then board the last train. A wonderful in
the dark brakeless ride.
As we come back into the station, the ride ops all have their fingers up to
their lips and are going Shhhh. So we quiet down a little. In honor of Jim's
3000th season rides they have decided to give us something unheard of at CP,
a double ride and out we go again. I count this at 3 things happening at CP
that i didn't expect today. And I thought I wasn't going to make it there
today. I am glad my coworkers covered for me and I owe them big time.