The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:13 pm

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Hoagiefest all the way and their pretzels are amazing.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Samuel » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:25 pm

Nice report! I'm looking forward to your impressions of Phantom & the rides in Lost Kennywood.

I saw Bob Saget in Pittsburgh years ago, and when he innocently called Sheetz a "gas station" he got boos rained down upon him, as the Western PA crowd did not appreciate Sheetz being called a mere gas station (it was all in good fun). I have a spot in my heart for Sheetz that I don't have for Wawa, even if Wawa has pretty good hoagies. I'm sure that goes in the other direction if you have a local Wawa that feels like home to you.

It's hundreds of miles of road between Ontario & Virginia, but when I drive between the two a few times every year, I know where my Tim Hortons and Sheetz stops are.

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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby larrygator » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:27 pm

Canobie Coaster wrote:Hoagiefest all the way and their pretzels are amazing.


If you think soggy and doughy are amazing, then you are correct.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby boldikus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:55 am

As a kid I was a huge fan of Wawa hoagies, and I definitely no longer am. They are fine in a pinch but compared to real, good hoagies around here Wawa is sh*t. Too often the lunchmeat is slimy and the bread sucks. I actually prefer their meatball sandwiches tho most people I know skeeve their meatballs.

But overall I definitely prefer Wawa overall to Sheetz. Sure, Sheetz has hot food - so does 7/11, and that sh*t is inedible. Just because its hot doesn't make it good.

Sorry to derail the thread but you should have known that was going to happen posting pictures of Sheetz and/or Wawa in a trip report around here. :lol:
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:14 am

Around 2 oclock Nick and I headed for the gate to get our hands stamped, at that moment in time we were hungry and had bigger fish to fry. For lunch we had decided to take a trip to Primanti Brothers since it was right next to our hotel. Let me say this now that Primanti's was one of the best sandwiches if not the best sandwich I have ever had. Once we finished our sandwiches it was time to check in and relax for around hour before heading back to the park for evening rides.

When we arrived back at the park Skyrocket was a walk on so we hopped on that for another spin before heading over to Phantom's Revenge. Where to begin with Phantom's Revenge? It's hard to tell because just about every part is top notch. From start to finish this ride is relentless. The first half is all positive g's and speed while the second part is a true airtime menace. I was being absolutely thrown out of my seat. Our night ride was one of my most memorable ride on a coaster in a long time. Phantom's' definitely cracks my top 10.

The rest of the night we got re-rides on all the woodies and two more on Phantom's. Exterminator was closed and re-opened but we ended opting for another ride on Phantom's instead of waiting in line for it. We also walked through Noah's Ark which was an absolutely traumatizing experience. That thing is literally from hell with its terrible effects and dark corridors.

My overall experience of Kennywood is A+. It is an old school park (which I love) with great old coasters that still live up to today's standards when it comes to thrills. I already can't wait to go back to ride Phantom. Today we are off to Knoebels!

P.S. Sorry I triggered you Boldikus by posting a picture of Sheetz! :lmao:
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This was a highlight of the trip for sure.
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch millshake with fireball and Rumchata.
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Roastbeef, cheese, tomato, coleslaw and fries on a sandwich thank you very much.
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Fountain #4
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It speaks for itself.
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Purple train about to climb the Arrow Lift Hill.
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Now its swooping around the Morgan built turnaround.
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Fountain #'s 5-10
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Noah's bad acid trip.
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Hairtime!
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The entire second half of the ride is kooky.
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I loved this shot.
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"We're making the jump to light speed!"
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Had to end it with Racer's beautiful station lights. Kennywood you were awesome!
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby boldikus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:25 am

OMG that sandwich and boozy milkshake.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:30 am

Thanks for posting all these awesome Kennywood pictures. I was lucky enough to be able to stop at Kennywood for a few hours last year on route from Cedar Point to Knoebels, and ride Racer, Jackrabbit, Thunderbolt, Phantom's Revenge, and Sky Rocket, and walk through Noah's Ark (which I actually liked) - but it left me wanting more. Eventually I want to get back to Kennywood and spend a full day there and also experience it at night. Oh, and #teamampm ...JK (we don't have either Sheetz nor WaWa on the West Coast but I remember WaWa being mentioned in a Bloodhound Gang song).
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby KPfan » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:02 pm

No rides on Black Widow? That's another gem in the park.

As far as Wawa vs. Sheet. I like Wawa coffee more but Sheetz has better food. I drove through a town in MD on Sunday and they had both.... Lucky!

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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:13 pm

If I road Black Widow it would have been in the trip report for sure. That ride is not for me, it makes my knees weak just looking at it.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Philrad71 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:14 pm

I think that the key to good Primanti Bros. is to not get their "famous" burger...go with the other options like the roast beef, pastrami or corned beef and it tastes a hell of a lot better!

As far a Wawa vs Sheetz, I like them both for the variety. TBH, I have never eaten any of the hot food at either, but I do like their selection of chopped fresh fruit, cheeses...the selection is very nice.

But now that I think about it, Wawa has free ATM, so they win. :lol:

Great report...looking forward to Knoebels!
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