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Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:47 pm

I'm going to be saying this for pretty much all of the new updates, but...

I WANTA GO TO CEDAR POINT :lmao:

Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:46 pm

:)
Great that you guys had a great time at my home park!
Too bad I couldn't have been there. :(
Hey, there's always Europe next year!

PS- There are some great photos in there!

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:06 am

Our final day of the trip - Kings Island!!!

I had been telling everyone for the past few months to be prepared that Kings Island is one of those parks that you will NOT be able to get all your credits in on one day. The operations were horrible, staff is pathetic, and you'll see lines that stretch out into the midway and people don't even know what they are for.

Well, I'm happy to report that our day was nothing but the total opposite of that! Most people had all their coasters in before 2pm!!!

That allowed us to make a quick run over to Strickers Grove, come back for dinner, and then for a little bit of ERT on The Beast at night.

Overall, it was a very successful day at Kings Island!

Anyway, onto the photos!
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It's the signature shot. No PKI trip report should be without it!
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Everyone on the trip is pretty damn loopy by this point....
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Most people headed over to Firehawk first, because, it's the new ride, and it's what the cool people do.
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This ride used to be at Geauga Lake, but it failed it's math class so it was moved here.
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Some people give the Vekoma flyers a lot of crap, but I do actually like them.
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The rest of us headed over to Italian Job because we all love coasters with cute little cars.
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Good, keep those savage beasts caged up like the belong!
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Jahan's all "I finally got the Laura credit."
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...and Nick is all "Meh, I already got that credit..."
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There is something slightly wrong with Matteo's shirt....
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I never thought I would have to ride in these trains again. And you would think that a combination of Myrtle Beach Hurricane trains and Son of Beast would be a BAD thing, but honestly, the ride was a bit better!
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Vortex makes Jahan secrete funny smelling bodily fluids, and for Wes...well, it might have added another year onto his life. THANK YOU ARROW!!! =)
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We took a quick break and went over to Stricker's Grove which is about 45 minutes away from Kings Island. Now Strickers is not normally open to the public. It's a tiny park that does mainly company picnics and outings, but two days a year they are open to the public...and this was one of those days!
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Teddy Bear was their junior woodie. It was "cute" everyone came off wanting to eat a Beenie Baby.
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Random kiddie woodie POV showing off the close proxmity to the other rides.
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Tornado is more of a full-sized woodie with some pretty good pops of air in the back car!
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We even got to meet some of the Stricker family! Hey guys!!!
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And they even came and rode the coaster with us! (That's Mrs. Stricker in the front row!)
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This dude waved hi at me and said "Hey Robb" while I was out taking footage. I don't know who this is! Who are you mystery man??!!?
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"Welcome to our sexy train ride."
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On the bus ride back to PKI Jahan got a little more Laura! ;)
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And the back of the bus just got a little more risque! This is why people sign up for TPR trips! =)
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They put us in "Flintstone" because they thought Jeff Johnson was with us and that would be fitting. Sadly he wasn't there to appreciate the humor. :(
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Bring on the food!!!
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Awww....TPR love! (You guys will get the bill in the mail for the matchmaker service later...)
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Laura says "I am not really a whore...I just play one on TPR!"
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Night falls on Kings Island so it's time for some Beast riding!
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The Beast at night kicked A$$!
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It was such an awesome "last ride of the trip" moment!
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Larry can't take it because he's not as cool as Big Mike.
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And finally the signature shot with lots of pretty lights and dancing H20.

Thanks again to KI for having us and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone on the Midwest USA trip. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!!

The "full" updates will be coming soon with HUNDREDS of photos!!!
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Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:13 am

aww... :cry: the trips over...but DAMN what a fun day we had @ KI! I think that was one of the best ways to end the trip. Between TPR breaking Face-off, and the night rides on Beast (which I thought wasnt that bad...), that was probably the best way to end the trip.

I'm still so glad I was able to go on it and meet such awesome people. Cant wait to see y'all in Europe next year!

--Tex

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:14 am

Kings Island looks awesome!!! When I go to Cedar Point, I'm probably going to be able to go to Kings Island to.

I wanta go!!! =)

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:19 am

Very interesting. :lolr:
Looks like you guys had a blast.
And congrats to Jahan for getting the Laura credit. ;)
I can't wait to go on a TPR trip next year.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:20 am

I'm surprised this update did not have Shari pimping her daughter for rides on the kiddie coaster.

That was a great day to end the trip and I think our Beast "ERT" had me realize why it has such a cult following of sorts among its fans.

The Midwest trip was awesome, hopefully I'll be able to do a trip in 2009 if school doesn't get in the way like next summer. I may do the Texas trip if that happens though.

Again, thanks for the awesome time Robb and Elissa!

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:33 am

On face-off, I though for a moment we were going to get stalled halfway through the boomerang. It rolled right through the inversion and was just starting to roll over, stopped for a second, and then just had enough weight pulling it back to get us back down. It was close though.

I still think Erik should have gotten out and fixed it. ;)

It was an awesome trip. KI was great, but sad in a way knowing you would be saying goodbye to alot of folks. Well, untill next time anyway.

Thanks R&E (could that be trademarked?) for organising an awesome trip and working so hard to keep things as smooth as possible. Stellar.

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:42 am

Stupid Face-Off.... :cry:

Sun Sep 02, 2007 8:48 am

I seem to have been one of the last TPR people to get the Face-Off credit (yay, me!). It's ironic because it was nowhere near the top of my priority list.

Beast at night was probably about the best way the trip could have ended. Thanks to R&E and everyone else for making it probably the best two-week vacation of my life. I'll be seeing at least some of you in Europe next year.
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