The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

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The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:56 pm

Greetings everyone! For those of you who remembered Genx24 and I posted an awesome photo trip report of our roadtrip to New England last year that featured Quassy, Canobie Lake, SFNE and Lake Compounce. For this summer we had a much larger trip planned but due to some hiccups in work schedule and life in general we had to re-plan the trip and shrunk it down to Pennsylvania to fit time and schedule. Anyway, come join us on this trip report filled with complete & utter nonsense along with some great food and shennanigans in between.

We left Staten Island today around 6pm and was met with little to no traffic (believe it or not). Pittsburg is a long way from here (around 6 hours) so we booked a hotel in Chambersburg which is about 3:45 in. We arrived at our hotel around 10 pm, checked in and immediately grabbed food from Sheetz. I will say one thing, their Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce is other worldly. Tomorrow we'll be up early for our trek to Kennywood. More pictures to come soon.
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Parryland (PA & Maryland combined)
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Home for the night.
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Sheetz is seriously awesome.
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Popcorn chicken with Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce = amazing
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:54 pm

Day 2: We woke up early this morning, pounded some breakfast and made a quick escape from our Country Inn and Suites since Kennywood is about a 3 hour drive from Chambersburg PA. The route that was taken was incredibly scenic and provided some beautiful views. Around 11 am we arrived at Kennywood and since our tickets were already printed we walked through the park gates by 11:08.

My first impression of the park is that it has a great old school vibe which Im a huge fan of. The park is clean and very well kept. Also, the fountains provide a very nice ambiance. Now for the part you've all been waiting for, the rides.

Skyrocket: Our first ride since its queue is there immediately after you exit the park's entrance tunnel. Our first ride was in the front (will ride the back when we go back) and it was a crazy fun ride. Nothing too intense, but it is super smooth and provides some nice moments and airtime along with a serious zero-g.

Garfield's Nightmare: Well its a ride and it is a nightmare. Lets leave it at that.

JackRabbit: Awesome little old school wooden coaster. I love how along with most coasters in the park it uses the terrain to its advantage. Also it is unbelievably awesome how it only uses a seatbelt! The double down gives some batshit crazy airtime.

Racer: Another great old school wooden coaster. Good airtime, lots of fun and a great color scheme.

Log Jammer: Fun flume with a perfect amount of "wet" at the end.

Thunderbolt: Anyone whose ridden this coaster knows how awesome it is. Great use of terrain, nice airtime and very, very forceful laterals.

Bayern Kurve: Classic flat that tries to kill you. My god is it crazy. I had legit water in my eyes after riding in the front row. (Also love how it has a German themed name but has St. Basil's from Russia in the background)

I will have another update later, we just left the park to check into the hotel and grab some lunch.
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Chambersburg
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Blue Ridge Valley
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Phantom's Revenge greets us at the gate.
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Homage.
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First of many fountains.
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First up
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Through the foliage!!!
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"Twisty! The ride is twisty!"
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Holy sh*t! That train is headed straight for the sun!
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Best part of the ride.
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The LIM's almost look wood the way they're painted.
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Quaint.
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This happened.
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Proof that this ride wasn't always *that* bizzare.
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The grist mill without the Cinnamon bread at the end.
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Jackrabbit was most splendid.
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Into the double down.
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Jacking off....Into the woods? No? Okay.
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Neat sign.
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I absolutey loved Racer's station.
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Beautiful, my ideal station.
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Jog Lammer.
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Some of Racer's layout.
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Fountain #2
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Fountain #3
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Some nice landscaping for a break from the fountain.
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Going up
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This is right in the middle of some crazy laterals.
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I will see you later Phantom's Revenge.
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T-Bolt's station.
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Phantom's infield from Thunderbolt's queue.
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The infamous 220+ foot drop into the ravine.
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Loved the look of Thunderbolt's old school trains.
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This - This thing should be illegal.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:16 pm

Great report! The world needs more Kennywood TRs.

The crazy thing about Thunderbolt is that until this year it operated without seatbelts.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:18 pm

One of my "Bucket Rides" is that damned Tumble Bug at Kennywood!

Thanks for reminding me its still there, LOL! Great TR! More more!
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:35 pm

Really? ThunderBolt must have been insane without belts. Just leaving the park now after a long day of riding. Had a tremendous time...Kennywood really impressed me. More will be up tomorrow before we head out for Knoebels.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby boldikus » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:24 pm

Love Kennywood. And that amazing Bayern Kurve.

Also, f*ck Sheetz. #teamwawa
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby djackson » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:44 pm

boldikus wrote:
Also, f*ck Sheetz. #teamwawa


Sheetz food is way better. #teamsheetz
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Jcoaster » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:52 pm

I like them both for their differences. Wawa makes great hoagies but as far as everything else Sheetz is better. At the same time I go to Wawa way more often than Sheetz due to my home location.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby Genx24 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:54 pm

Sheetz and Wawa are both awesome, but I'm giving the edge to Sheetz for having a superior selection of hot food.

Also, I'm the driver on this trip and Kennywood was awesome. Phantom is bats#!t insane.
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Re: The Great Pennsyltucky Road Trip of 2017

Postby ThemeParkJunkie51290 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:02 pm

Great report! Kennywood is definitely on my list for next year! I've never been, but I'm sure the park will be wonderful! =)
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