TR: Knott's Coaster Solace (Extremely Long)

TR: Knott's Coaster Solace (Extremely Long)

Post by Justin Ada » Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:22:56


Well, I figured this would be the best place to post this TR, and
since it's just that, I thought what the hell.  I'll post it here.  So
here goes: Justin's Knott's Coaster Solace TR!  (Warning!  This is
VERY long-winded...)

Day one: Disneyland and other things...

My friend Bill and I arrived in the So Cal area on Thursday night and
drove into Disneyland on Friday morning early.  I had set up a meeting
time with some buddies of mine I used to work with on Ass-tro Orbitor
and Star Tours, since I hadn't seen them for a long time.  We arrived
at the park entrance around 10:30am and met up with my friends.
Luckily one of my buddies agreed to sign me into the park (a nice
privledge given to cast members) so I was able to park-hop between DL
and DCA for free!  =)  We had a great time just*** out and
talking over old times.  I really do miss working at the resort.
Anyways, we took our first ride on Star Tours, because I wanted to see
who was working on the ride.  Well, no one I really knew was there
that day, but it was nice to take a spin on an old classic once more.
It's amazing to me how many people still laugh and have a great time
on this aging attraction.  I know I still do.  We decided to stop by
Ass-tro Orbitor to say hi to a few other friends, and then take a spin
on Space Mountain.  Now, I really don't care for Space all that much
anymore since the*** Dale soundtrack was taken away.  It just isn't
the same ride anymore.  Still, we had a great ride, and it had been a
long time since I took a spin on the thing.  After Space, we decided
to take a walk over to the Matterhorn, but the line was insane.  We
opted to skip that just then and instead we went over to Indy and got
a fastpass, then went to River Belle Terrace for some lunch.  After
our lunch was over, it was time for one of my favorite attractions at
DL: Pirates.  It still is a top-notch attraction and still amazes me
even today after countless rides.  Truly a classic.  After Pirates it
was time for Indy.  Indy is such an awesome ride, but after awhile it
just loses something for me.  I can't place my finger on what, but
it's just not that amazing to me anymore.  I still love the
animatronic Indy's, but the ride itself isn't spectacular to me
anymore.  Oh well.  After Indy it was time for my friends to actually
go to work, so Bill and I decided it was time for DCA.  We were
walking out of the park, and spotted Robb and Elissa talking with a
few people.  We all went over to DCA and got on California Screamin,
which was almost a walk-on.  It was literally a 5 minute wait, which
was awesome.  Such a great coaster, and airtime was abundant.
Definately one of my favorite steel coasters.  After Screamin, we had
to get a Millionaire fix for Elissa, so we all head over there for the
show.  Bill had never been on the attraction before, and I think he
enjoyed it.  We were all in the top 5 after the 1000 point mark, but
only Elissa actually stayed on the board from there.  DOH!  I'll never
actually get a chance to get into the hot seat, but it's still fun to
try.  After Millionaire, it was time for Robb and Elissa to head over
to the Radisson for their Friday night festivities at Knott's, so Bill
and I head back over to DL for the Matterhorn.  Thankfully, we were
able to get on fairly quickly, and had a great ride.  I can't see much
difference from the rehab, but that's ok.  It's still delivers great
fun, and it's another one of my favs.  From the Matterhorn it was time
to head over to Coasterbuf Gregs' house for a night of PS2 games and
general craziness.  We checked into our hotel in Buena Park after we
left Disneyland and head over to Gregs'.  I hadn't been over there for
awhile, and it was nice to see my old stomping grounds again.  We all
talked for awhile and then Greg proceeded to set up the DDR pad and
put in DDR Max for the PS2.  I'm not a big fan of this version of the
game, but we all had great fun just trying out different songs.  Bill
and I stayed there for awhile, and then head back over to Anaheim to
meet up with my friends again for a late-night snack at Denny's, a
Disneyland tradition.  We hung out with a bunch of cast-members, some
that I knew and some I didn't, and then hit the hotel for some
well-deserved sleep.  We had a great day at the two parks and***
out with some old friends, and couldn't wait for Solace to start.

Day two: Knott's Coaster Solace

After only about 4 hours of sleep (maybe less) we woke up, got ready
and head over to Knott's for the start of Solace.  We arrived at the
gates, got our packet and head over to our first tour group at Monte.
Since I wasn't really feeling all that well from the day before, and
since the tour thing just really wasn't that interesting to me, we
sort-of wandered around for awhile talking with a few people here and
there.  Bill and Derek took a ride on Boomerang inbetween the tours,
while I opted to save my neck and head for later.  We met up with Robb
and Elissa over by Xcelerator and being wandering around some more,
moving in and out of the tour groups and riding some rides along the
way.  One of our first rides of the day was on Supreme Scream, and it
was interesting to say the least.  We got on the ride, and went up the
tower.  Only we didn't stop at the top like normal, we just sort-of
started to drop.  It was a very different sensation than normal, and
it really made us wonder what it was all about.  We bounced back down
to the ground and asked the op what happened.  His classic response
was, "I'm not sure actually, I'm about to go find out."  After that,
we saw the maintenance crew come over and inspect that tower, so we
were all like, "OK then".  It was definately strange for that to
happen, but cool at the same time.  Anyways, we head over to Jaguar
next and took a spin on the "Big Cat of Coasters".  More like the
little kitten, but still a fun ride.  From there it was more wandering
around.  We met up with John IDontKnowHisLastName and head over to
Timberline Twister since he nor myself had been on the thing.  We
found out though when we arrived that they instituted a policy to not
allow enthusiasts over a certain height to ride.  Which is fine and
dandy, only it kept me from getting another credit... =(  Oh well,
I'll just have to wait until I have kids sometime in the next twenty
years.  ;-)  From that searing disappointment we head over to
Ghostrider for a spin.  I hadn't eaten so I head over to the bakery
with Greg and had a bite to eat while everyone else went to ride.
Unfortunately the bakery stopped selling donuts (Did they ever?) so I
had to opt for a turnover.  Why in the hell is it called that anyways?
 I mean, it's a triangular pastry with filling.  Why not call it the
"Apple-filled-triangular-pastry-thing" or something?  Who thought of
calling it a turnover even though you don't actually have to do that
to eat it?  Anyways, from there it was actually time for our 11:30
lunch, so we all head over to the chicken dinner restaurant.  Knott's
chicken is awesome, the best I've had next to my mothers' chicken
actually.  The only problem with lunch was I started to feel really,
REALLY crappy.  I think it was from being tired and not eating until
really late, coupled with fighting off a cold.  I have borderline
Hypoglaucemia (SP?) and if I don't eat fairly regularly, my ***
sugar levels drop dramatically and it makes me feel like serious shit.
 So lunch was me stuffing my fat face with as much food as I could get
on my plate to counter my feeling of lethargy, and basically being
anti-social.  Not that I wanted to be anti-social, but when I feel
crappy I really don't want to talk to anyone.  Sorry to my lunchmates
if they felt like I was being rude, but now you know why.  =)
Anyways, Bill and I decided that it was time for a nap back at the
hotel (Getting old is hell) but before that I wanted to take my first
ride ever on Xcelerator.  Even though I felt like complete shit,
Xcelerator was calling out to me.  I didn't really feel much like
riding last year when I lived only 20 minutes away, since it just
didn't seem like that great of a coaster.  Boy was I SERIOUSLY wrong
in that assumption.  We head over to the ride and got in a
surprisingly short line for the back of the train.  After a few-train
wait it was our turn.  Now, I wasn't prepared for the intensity of the
launch, but it took my breath away.  Launch, up, over, down, turn,
turn, brake.  WOW!  What a rush!!  It rocketed (no pun intended) to
the #2 spot on my steel coaster list, almost edging Hulk actually.  No
other coaster that I've been on since I rode Hulk for the first time
has ever come so close to knocking it out of 1st place.  Xcelerator is
AWESOME.  We took another spin on the thing and decided to head back
to the hotel then.  It really invigorated me a little, and my
adrenalin was pumping so much that I kind-of forgot my feeling of
crappiness for awhile.  That is, until I hit the hotel and konked out
for like, 2 hours.  That really did the trick.  After waking up and
watching Cheaters on T.V. (Where in the HELL do they find these
people?) it was time for dinner at Baja Fresh.  The only one around me
up here in Nor Cal is way out in Pleasanton, and I'm not about to
drive that far for a damn Quesadilla.  Still though, it's great food
and Bill and I sat there for awhile shooting the shit and arguing
about various topics.  Best friends can get under your skin from time
to time... ;-)  Moosh, Bass and friends came by to pick up their food
and we talked for a few minutes before deciding to head over to
Downtown Disney to see Daredevil again before the evening ERT.  It
took awhile to get over there (Damn So Cal traffic) and when we
arrived, we realized that seeing the flick wasn't the best idea
time-wise.  So we just walked around the area, checking out the Lego
store and WoD, along with some hot So-Cal chickies before it was time
to head back for the ERT.  By this time I was really tired, but
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Post by tomm » Tue, 04 Mar 2003 14:40:41



Quote:
> After Space, we decided
> to take a walk over to the Matterhorn

Matterhorn line moves VERY fast.  Two nights ago the line was to the
back of the mountain and we only waited 25 min.

/tommy

 
 
 

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Post by Adam Blac » Tue, 04 Mar 2003 15:18:41


Quote:
> 9. Random lawnmowers make excellent theming

I showed off my beaner side at Xcelerator during Solace...
http://www.xperiencethextreme.net/estop/funnystuff/xcelermow.jpg
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Post by Thomas Servo III, Es » Tue, 04 Mar 2003 18:39:18

Your post makes me wish I could have made it this year.   However, I
also consider it my tax for being a new enthusiast, and just makes me
look forward to the events I can to go to in the years to come even
more.

Thanks for the TR!

 
 
 

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Post by Alan Conceica » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 00:00:58

Quote:
> 7. Coaster Nazis are among us... (Friggin SMILE people!  This is
> supposed to be fun!)  =)

NO! ANTI-FUN! BLARGH

Haha...hey, sounds like you had a great time. And you reminded me that one
of these days I really ought to go back to SoCal...I'll just have to keep
saving up the change in between the cushions. =)

-Come out to Compounce! haha-
 Alan

 
 
 

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Post by Locobo » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 03:50:09

Thanks for the report Justin!  It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Quote:

> I also learned a few things this trip:

> 3. Why in the hell do they call them potstickers anyways?

If you don't use enough oil, they will stick to the wok and tear off the
wrapping.  Not everyone calls them "potstickers."  :-)

Quote:
> 4. I really miss working at Disneyland...

I can see why.  Though I'm sure that the pay isn't wonderful, Disneyland
looks like a great place to work.

Quote:
> 8. Big-ass motors are way cool

No arguments from me, but then again I'm into that sort of thing.

Quote:
> 9. Random lawnmowers make excellent theming

Hehe, in that case, I have gorgeous theming in my tool shed out back!

Quote:
> Justin "If only Xcelerator was up here in Nor Cal" Adams

Hey, we're getting a new to us Schwarzkopf this year, so that's not too
bad is it?  :-)
 
 
 

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Post by George Burnas » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 08:25:30

Great TR!  My comments are fairly short, so don't worry.


was inspired to write:

Quote:
>We met up with John IDontKnowHisLastName and head over to
>Timberline Twister since he nor myself had been on the thing.  We
>found out though when we arrived that they instituted a policy to not
>allow enthusiasts over a certain height to ride.  Which is fine and
>dandy, only it kept me from getting another credit... =(  Oh well,
>I'll just have to wait until I have kids sometime in the next twenty
>years.  ;-)  

This may well be because of the lack of legroom on it.  I'm only 5'8",
and I have a very hard time fitting into it, even without my kids.
And that's with legs crossed and at awkward angles because of the
restraints.  Really, if you're tall you're actually saving a lot of
discomfort by not riding it.

Quote:
> Bill hadn't been on X yet, and
>unfortunately he still HASN'T been on X... it was already a 3 hour
>wait at 11am, which is just sad.  Very sad.  I'm beginning to think
>the only time I'll ever get another chance to ride is during an ERT
>session.  I actually would prefer it that way, but it would be nice to
>get a chance to ride whenever I'd like.  

Don't believe what others have told you.  X's line was actually about
an hour and a half wait most of the day.  My friends were there and
got in line about the same time you did.  After a front row ride, they
were off and had also done Viper and Riddlers by the time I arrived at
12:30 to meet them.

At night we got in 2 rides on it- one in the front row and one in the
back row- within an hour.  The ops are doing much better on the two
train operations.  Still have some room for improvement, but at this
point waits aren't bad.

After Batman, it was time

Quote:
>for a caffeine fix, so we paid our $3.25 for a small soda, and waited
>for 10 minutes for the person behind the counter to change the soda
>canister or whatever the hell it's called.  Seeing as how the park had
>been open for only a couple of hours, it was interesting that it
>needed to be changed already.  

I'm guessing that you've never worked a restaurant with a soda
fountain.  They don't change out and start with fresh soda syrup
containers each day, they change them when they empty.  So if it still
had syrup in it the night before when they closed, there'd be no
reason to change it.

Quote:
>After getting our sodas finally, we
>decided to go see if Ninja was operating.  We trekked up the hill to
>find that it wasn't, but it was going to be opening in a little while.
> We decided to wait it out, and ended up waiting around for about 45
>minutes.  Why in the world does the track need to be a certain
>temperature for them to open the coaster?  Is it the only suspended
>coaster in the world to have that problem?  I mean, I don't hear
>anything about that from other suspendeds.  Is it just SF being cheap?
> Either way it's friggin stupid.

The reason is that in cold temperatures Ninja may not be able to build
up enough speed and momentum to complete the course.  The cold
thickens the grease as well as cold air being more "condense", causing
greater wind resistance.  In other words, they don't open it so that
it won't valley.  So no, it's not cheap, it's not the only coaster
with that problem, and it's far from being stupid.

Quote:
>1. Some people take this hobby, and themselves for that matter, WAY
>too seriously.  Even going so far as to get completely offended by a
>stupid little harmless joke...

Heh, I could have told you that.  Shoot, just look at RRC for evidence
of that!  :)

Quote:
>10. I had a great time*** out with all my friends (old and new)
>this weekend, and I thank each and every one of them and especially
>Knott's Berry Farm for a fun-filled event.  =)

And I can definately echo full agreement with that.  Solace was a
blast and Knott's put on a tremenous effort and event for us.

~ George

______________________________________
Sometimes it's up.  Sometimes it's down.
But with God, life is one thrill ride that you'll never regret being on.

You can find my almost correct coaster count here:
http://SportToday.org/

Now if only we had a database that actually listed the traveling coasters so I wouldn't have to fudge on it  :)

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Kalla » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 08:43:41



Thanks for the TR Justin. I'm sorry that I didn't see you and get to say
hello.

Quote:
>  From there it was time
> for Goliath.  Neither of us had been on it for awhile, and my last
> ride was disappointing to say the very least.  Heavily braked with
> little airtime.  Well, today was very different.  We walked into the
> back of the train with no wait whatsoever and started up the lift.
> Still has a great first drop imo, but after that I was prepared to be
> underwhelmed again.  Wrong.  It actually served up some nice airtime
> on the floater, and the mid-course wasn't as braked as I remembered.
> The finish was strong, with the centrifuge delivering some good g's,
> and we walked away feeling pretty good.  It was probably the best
> Goliath ride I've had since it first opened.

I know you're being positive, but I'm not sure what you mean here.

Goliath's brakes have nothing to do with airtime or lack thereof. The
only spot of airtime is pre-brakes (2nd hill). That spot of airtime has
always been there and it's always been great, IMO.

I've found Goliath to be consistent since it opened: Consistently
average.

Oh well, thanks for the TR:^)

--
Mike Kallay

www.ghostrider.org for all your fly-fishing needs

"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men."  --
Willy Wonka

 
 
 

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Post by Mike Kalla » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 08:51:45



Quote:
> Don't believe what others have told you.  X's line was actually about
> an hour and a half wait most of the day.

We waited an hour when we got into the line at 6pm. That included a 15
minute downtime due to a wheel check.  Others in our group rode at 11am
and waited one hour as well.

Speaking of waits, Goliath continues to be a people monster, Ninja is
achingly slow due to one train operation, and Riddler's ran a post-
vomit-hosedown-train 15 times to "dry it off," effectively reducing that
capacity monster to a one train nightmare.

Another "fun" day at the mountain;)

--
Mike Kallay

www.ghostrider.org for all your fly-fishing needs

"A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men."  --
Willy Wonka

 
 
 

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Post by Tim Melag » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 09:29:41


Quote:
> The only problem with lunch was I started to feel really,
> REALLY crappy.  I think it was from being tired and not eating until
> really late, coupled with fighting off a cold.  I have borderline
> Hypoglaucemia (SP?) and if I don't eat fairly regularly, my ***
> sugar levels drop dramatically and it makes me feel like serious shit.
>  So lunch was me stuffing my fat face with as much food as I could get
> on my plate to counter my feeling of lethargy, and basically being
> anti-social.  Not that I wanted to be anti-social, but when I feel
> crappy I really don't want to talk to anyone.  Sorry to my lunchmates
> if they felt like I was being rude, but now you know why.  =)

I had to respond after you mentioned this because I have borderline
Hypoglycemia. "Borderline" doesn't seem to be a technical term but I often
hear the condition called that. When I had the series *** test for it
years ago they said I was borderline. I have the same problems so I know
what you are talking about. I had to give up sports in high school because I
struggled so badly with extended, rigorous exercise.

Uh oh, (B&M) or something.

--

    http://SportToday.org/~rollocst/rc.html

 
 
 

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Post by Willards Whizz » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 13:47:56

Appreciate the trip report, Justin.  Should have said hello after I shared the
ride with you guys on Batman, especially since we're both fellow NorCal ACEers
(at least I think you're back in NorCal.  It's hard to keep track some times).
Guess I was in stealth mode at SFMM.  Hope I wasn't one of the Coaster Nazis at
that point, but I just wasn't feelin' it for the Mountain.  :-)

Hey, the first Chick-fil-A is on me!

Jerry

"I must be in the FRONT row."  - Bob Uecker

 
 
 

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Post by mamoos » Wed, 05 Mar 2003 16:07:56

Great TR, Justin!  Add me to the list of people who saw too little of
you this Solace.  At least we got that last Xcelerator ride
together...that was a great way to end a great event.

Moosh


Quote:
> Well, I figured this would be the best place to post this TR, and
> since it's just that, I thought what the hell.  I'll post it here.
So
> here goes: Justin's Knott's Coaster Solace TR!  (Warning!  This is
> VERY long-winded...)

> Day one: Disneyland and other things...

> My friend Bill and I arrived in the So Cal area on Thursday night
and
> drove into Disneyland on Friday morning early.  I had set up a
meeting
> time with some buddies of mine I used to work with on Ass-tro
Orbitor
> and Star Tours, since I hadn't seen them for a long time.  We
arrived
> at the park entrance around 10:30am and met up with my friends.
> Luckily one of my buddies agreed to sign me into the park (a nice
> privledge given to cast members) so I was able to park-hop between
DL
> and DCA for free!  =)  We had a great time just*** out and
> talking over old times.  I really do miss working at the resort.
> Anyways, we took our first ride on Star Tours, because I wanted to
see
> who was working on the ride.  Well, no one I really knew was there
> that day, but it was nice to take a spin on an old classic once
more.
> It's amazing to me how many people still laugh and have a great time
> on this aging attraction.  I know I still do.  We decided to stop by
> Ass-tro Orbitor to say hi to a few other friends, and then take a
spin
> on Space Mountain.  Now, I really don't care for Space all that much
> anymore since the*** Dale soundtrack was taken away.  It just
isn't
> the same ride anymore.  Still, we had a great ride, and it had been
a
> long time since I took a spin on the thing.  After Space, we decided
> to take a walk over to the Matterhorn, but the line was insane.  We
> opted to skip that just then and instead we went over to Indy and
got
> a fastpass, then went to River Belle Terrace for some lunch.  After
> our lunch was over, it was time for one of my favorite attractions
at
> DL: Pirates.  It still is a top-notch attraction and still amazes me
> even today after countless rides.  Truly a classic.  After Pirates
it
> was time for Indy.  Indy is such an awesome ride, but after awhile
it
> just loses something for me.  I can't place my finger on what, but
> it's just not that amazing to me anymore.  I still love the
> animatronic Indy's, but the ride itself isn't spectacular to me
> anymore.  Oh well.  After Indy it was time for my friends to
actually
> go to work, so Bill and I decided it was time for DCA.  We were
> walking out of the park, and spotted Robb and Elissa talking with a
> few people.  We all went over to DCA and got on California Screamin,
> which was almost a walk-on.  It was literally a 5 minute wait, which
> was awesome.  Such a great coaster, and airtime was abundant.
> Definately one of my favorite steel coasters.  After Screamin, we
had
> to get a Millionaire fix for Elissa, so we all head over there for
the
> show.  Bill had never been on the attraction before, and I think he
> enjoyed it.  We were all in the top 5 after the 1000 point mark, but
> only Elissa actually stayed on the board from there.  DOH!  I'll
never
> actually get a chance to get into the hot seat, but it's still fun
to
> try.  After Millionaire, it was time for Robb and Elissa to head
over
> to the Radisson for their Friday night festivities at Knott's, so
Bill
> and I head back over to DL for the Matterhorn.  Thankfully, we were
> able to get on fairly quickly, and had a great ride.  I can't see
much
> difference from the rehab, but that's ok.  It's still delivers great
> fun, and it's another one of my favs.  From the Matterhorn it was
time
> to head over to Coasterbuf Gregs' house for a night of PS2 games and
> general craziness.  We checked into our hotel in Buena Park after we
> left Disneyland and head over to Gregs'.  I hadn't been over there
for
> awhile, and it was nice to see my old stomping grounds again.  We
all
> talked for awhile and then Greg proceeded to set up the DDR pad and
> put in DDR Max for the PS2.  I'm not a big fan of this version of
the
> game, but we all had great fun just trying out different songs.
Bill
> and I stayed there for awhile, and then head back over to Anaheim to
> meet up with my friends again for a late-night snack at Denny's, a
> Disneyland tradition.  We hung out with a bunch of cast-members,
some
> that I knew and some I didn't, and then hit the hotel for some
> well-deserved sleep.  We had a great day at the two parks and
***
> out with some old friends, and couldn't wait for Solace to start.

> Day two: Knott's Coaster Solace

> After only about 4 hours of sleep (maybe less) we woke up, got ready
> and head over to Knott's for the start of Solace.  We arrived at the
> gates, got our packet and head over to our first tour group at
Monte.
> Since I wasn't really feeling all that well from the day before, and
> since the tour thing just really wasn't that interesting to me, we
> sort-of wandered around for awhile talking with a few people here
and
> there.  Bill and Derek took a ride on Boomerang inbetween the tours,
> while I opted to save my neck and head for later.  We met up with
Robb
> and Elissa over by Xcelerator and being wandering around some more,
> moving in and out of the tour groups and riding some rides along the
> way.  One of our first rides of the day was on Supreme Scream, and
it
> was interesting to say the least.  We got on the ride, and went up
the
> tower.  Only we didn't stop at the top like normal, we just sort-of
> started to drop.  It was a very different sensation than normal, and
> it really made us wonder what it was all about.  We bounced back
down
> to the ground and asked the op what happened.  His classic response
> was, "I'm not sure actually, I'm about to go find out."  After that,
> we saw the maintenance crew come over and inspect that tower, so we
> were all like, "OK then".  It was definately strange for that to
> happen, but cool at the same time.  Anyways, we head over to Jaguar
> next and took a spin on the "Big Cat of Coasters".  More like the
> little kitten, but still a fun ride.  From there it was more
wandering
> around.  We met up with John IDontKnowHisLastName and head over to
> Timberline Twister since he nor myself had been on the thing.  We
> found out though when we arrived that they instituted a policy to
not
> allow enthusiasts over a certain height to ride.  Which is fine and
> dandy, only it kept me from getting another credit... =(  Oh well,
> I'll just have to wait until I have kids sometime in the next twenty
> years.  ;-)  From that searing disappointment we head over to
> Ghostrider for a spin.  I hadn't eaten so I head over to the bakery
> with Greg and had a bite to eat while everyone else went to ride.
> Unfortunately the bakery stopped selling donuts (Did they ever?) so
I
> had to opt for a turnover.  Why in the hell is it called that
anyways?
>  I mean, it's a triangular pastry with filling.  Why not call it the
> "Apple-filled-triangular-pastry-thing" or something?  Who thought of
> calling it a turnover even though you don't actually have to do that
> to eat it?  Anyways, from there it was actually time for our 11:30
> lunch, so we all head over to the chicken dinner restaurant.
Knott's
> chicken is awesome, the best I've had next to my mothers' chicken
> actually.  The only problem with lunch was I started to feel really,
> REALLY crappy.  I think it was from being tired and not eating until
> really late, coupled with fighting off a cold.  I have borderline
> Hypoglaucemia (SP?) and if I don't eat fairly regularly, my ***
> sugar levels drop dramatically and it makes me feel like serious
shit.
>  So lunch was me stuffing my fat face with as much food as I could
get
> on my plate to counter my feeling of lethargy, and basically being
> anti-social.  Not that I wanted to be anti-social, but when I feel
> crappy I really don't want to talk to anyone.  Sorry to my
lunchmates
> if they felt like I was being rude, but now you know why.  =)
> Anyways, Bill and I decided that it was time for a nap back at the
> hotel (Getting old is hell) but before that I wanted to take my
first
> ride ever on Xcelerator.  Even though I felt like complete shit,
> Xcelerator was calling out to me.  I didn't really feel much like
> riding last year when I lived only 20 minutes away, since it just
> didn't seem like that great of a coaster.  Boy was I SERIOUSLY wrong
> in that assumption.  We head over to the ride and got in a
> surprisingly short line for the back of the train.  After a
few-train
> wait it was our turn.  Now, I wasn't prepared for the intensity of
the
> launch, but it took my breath away.  Launch, up, over, down, turn,
> turn, brake.  WOW!  What a rush!!  It rocketed (no pun intended) to
> the #2 spot on my steel coaster list, almost edging Hulk actually.
No
> other coaster that I've been on since I rode Hulk for the first time
> has ever come so close to knocking it out of 1st place.  Xcelerator
is
> AWESOME.  We took another spin on the thing and decided to head back
> to the hotel then.  It really invigorated me a little, and my
> adrenalin was pumping so much that I kind-of forgot my feeling of
> crappiness for awhile.  That is, until I hit the hotel and konked
out
> for like, 2 hours.  That really did the trick.  After waking up and
> watching Cheaters on T.V. (Where in the HELL do they find these
> people?) it was time for dinner at Baja Fresh.  The only one around
me
> up here in Nor Cal is way out in Pleasanton, and I'm not about to
> drive that far for a damn Quesadilla.  Still though, it's great food
> and Bill and I sat there for awhile shooting the shit and arguing
> about various topics.  Best

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TR: Knott's Coaster Solace (Extremely Long)

Post by Justin Ada » Thu, 06 Mar 2003 00:57:18

Quote:

> Appreciate the trip report, Justin.  Should have said hello after I shared the
> ride with you guys on Batman, especially since we're both fellow NorCal ACEers
> (at least I think you're back in NorCal.  It's hard to keep track some times).
> Guess I was in stealth mode at SFMM.  Hope I wasn't one of the Coaster Nazis at
> that point, but I just wasn't feelin' it for the Mountain.  :-)

> Hey, the first Chick-fil-A is on me

> Jerry

> "I must be in the FRONT row."  - Bob Uecker

Wait a minute, were you the little kid on the left or the guy sitting
next to me on the right?  ;-)  Kidding.  I remember you!

You should have said hello!  I'm sorry that I didn't know it was you,
but I don't think we've ever met actually.  Oh well, there's always
the Zonga media preview!  =)  At least we got to ride Batman, that's
still a great ride.  Gives me the "funnies" whenever I ride.  I
totally understand about not feeling it at the mountain, I was the
same way then myself.  I just really didn't care to be there at all,
but in all fairness it was actually a decent day.  SFMM isn't as bad
as others sometimes make it out to be, but I still really don't care
for the park in general.  However, I can't wait for the new floorless!
 Go figure.  =)

And for the record, there were only a handful of Coaster Nazis that I
saw, mainly at Solace.  I don't think you were one of them.  =)

Justin

 
 
 

TR: Knott's Coaster Solace (Extremely Long)

Post by Justin Ada » Thu, 06 Mar 2003 01:02:10

Quote:

> Great TR, Justin!  Add me to the list of people who saw too little of
> you this Solace.  At least we got that last Xcelerator ride
> together...that was a great way to end a great event.

> Moosh

Yes, that last ride was pretty damn cool.  That was a great way to end
an awesome event.  It would've been nice to see more of you guys, but
I know it's hard to see everyone at an event like this.  I mean,
especially when you aren't feeling that well to begin with and go to
the hotel room for a 2 hour nap in the middle of the day!  Getting
older is hell...  ;-)

Knott's really has jumped up a ton of spots on my favorite parks list
with just this event.  What an awesome time they gave us.  And
Xcelerator!  What more can I say about that beauty?  =)

Justin "Hopefully PGA will give us a coaster like Xcelerator" Adams