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Postby ParkTrips » Sat May 06, 2006 2:43 am

Hey guys I FINALLY just got home after a long day (re: I departed my house and arrived back home pretty much exactly 24 hrs apart..) and while the photos are uploading, I'll just throw out some brief notes:

- I left too early, I totally forgot that Beech Bend is in Central Time.
- Wow Beech Bend is out in the sticks... I mean its surrounded by pastures and rolling hills and seems to be miles from civilization (though it's really not)
- Rumbler suprised me as I wasn't expecting it to be that good. I was very interested to see how it turned out sicne it got very little hype and much like Thunderhead did 2 years ago, it really flew in under the radar. I don't think I was the only one suprised at how fun it was. Somewhere around #10 on my personal list
- The meal from the park was farily good - poor Julie wouldn't brave the hot dog, and the BBQ sauce was top-notch stuff.
- Got my 3rd or 4th credit on a Zamperla spinning mouse... and to think they only came out a few years ago and they are now EVERYWHERE
- Picked up the other two credits at the park, including the agonizing "Breif EncounteR" or "Looping Star" or whatever they will call it
- Got in about 10 rides on rumbler before heading north, I also by chance happened to run into board member "SteveC" who is on the RCCGB trip
- Speaking of, everyone who has ridden Voyage was raving about it, I can't wait to ride it as well
- Got to Kentucky Kingdom a little after 5 and boarded Greezed at 5:20
- Rode every single coaster, including a few rerides on each woodie
- Chang kinda sucked, I was disappointed
- T2 was actually pretty sweet. People will think I am insane, but it was the smoothest SLC I have been on to date, take that Hangman!
- Greezed seemed to be slower than when it was in my backyard ::( Oh well going through Sir Anton's loops backwards is still insanely awesome
- I deboarded the wild mouse, the last credit I needed ot pick up, at 6:40.
- I ate another $7 slice of pizza at their Papa Johns
- The park was nicer than what I had read over the years, so I will definately go back and take my time through it (stretching it out to 4 hours maybe :wink:)
- Thunder Run was sweet (reminds me a lot of Hurler, or at least what Hurler COULD be) and Twisted Sisters suprised me since the way that thing was designed, I would have expected it to be rough as hell
- Rode Hellevator before leaving, meh
- They ran 1 train on everything except for (of course) the mouse and T2. Chang's line was longest at about 15 minutes.
- Got a flat tire just north of Bowling Green on the way back home, that set me back 2 hours
- Stopped to sleep a bit in the Nashville area because I got really friggin' tired at one point, another 1.5 hours delay in getting home
- Finally arrived back home where I am uploading files including some video (and yes, a POV) of Rumbler. However the POV is almost 90 megs and I KNOW I would blow my bandwidth if I posted it here so I will try to figure something out... not that its that good anyways ::roll::

Pics to come tomorrow hopefully!

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Postby mr_teisco_delrey » Sat May 06, 2006 12:41 pm

Rumbler was great!.

My legs were too long for the Looping Star.

Wild mouse wrenched my knees, but was great fun!

I agree, T2 is a great Vekoma SLC!!!!

Get to Beech Bend to experience the Rumbler!!!!
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The ribbon cutting. Great to see the RCCGB crew on hand!
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I feel safe when a GCI person is riding their creation!
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First run of the day pulling into the station. High fives all around!
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A very happy Beech Bend PR person. My thanks to Beech Bend for a great day. Family run parks are great!
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Mr Jones, the park owner, soaking in the accolades! Being from South Kentucky I was happy to see a world class a ride come to my neck of the woods.
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Postby ParkTrips » Sun May 07, 2006 3:50 am

^ haha thread-jacking!!

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Yes, the Rumbler, why we are all here.

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Well, I mean what else is there to do out here anyways?

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Julie forgot to mention that the poor lady almost became the first person to be denied a ride on the Rumbler. Oh, wait, later on in the day SHE WAS denied a ride. ::roll::

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Look at that shiny new brake... so pretty ::)

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The ride is typical GCII in the "a beauttiful work of art" sort of way

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Rumbler towers over the park's new gift shop and food joint.

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Not Joe-friendly bumper cars (especially when they weren't running)

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"uh, this is edible enough..."

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Must.. ride.. some.. day...

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Zamperla Twister Coaster credit #3 (one of my favorite models of Wild Mouse coasters, for what its worth)

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Cute little kiddie Carousel (Hershell, maybe?)

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"I'm scared s***less!"

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Fun, really, it is.

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Continuing with the sarcasm, the "back" part of the ride was really lame and boring.

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hehe... it ALMOST looks like Thunderhead's fly-through

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YAY it's open!!

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This is my "horray, no need to ever wait in an actual line for this thing!"

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Bye bye Rumbler, I'll be back in time to visit you ::)

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Next stop: trying to see how fast I can *do* Kentucky Kingdom

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First credit: Greezed Lightnin', formerly Viper down here in Georgia, but it's a credit dammit!

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From what I understand, this was huge.

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Surely no one has ever looked at that and said, "hey, that could be a really cool photo". They were running 1 train and I didn't feel like waiting around for the train but that would have made it even cooler.

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Yep credit #2... Chang. It was roguher than I had imagine, Julie is nutsm in the most respectful of ways, for liking this best of the stand ups.

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Next was T2 of course, the prototype SLC. That fact screams danger, but I have already come to terms with the fact that people will think I am nuts, but out of 4 or 5 SLCs, this one was my favorite. And yes, I even rode in the back!!

Oh well, part 2 of Kentucky Kingdom will come up soon, my photos didn't completely upload correctly so I still have some remaining. So expect those up tomorrow, but for now, the sun is coming up here and dammit I need some sleep! Oh well tonight was worth it all the way 8)

edit: ooh, one more photo I forgot

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Postby Meteornotes » Sun May 07, 2006 6:13 am

Your reports always entertain. T2 beat the hell out of me on my one and only ride, but maybe they sprayed some WD40 on it or tightened some bolts or something. Thunder Run is a great woodie (and Hurler did run like that at one point, very briefly), and I remember Chang as actually being fun, but perhaps it has not aged well.

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Postby Stitch » Sun May 07, 2006 6:18 am

Wow, Chang has blue supports now ... still yellow track though. It certainly looks better now though :airtimer:
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Postby ParkTrips » Sun May 07, 2006 12:28 pm

Dave, I don't know what the hell they did with T2. I still enjoyed Chang, but I also like Mantis which pinballed me around a bit too...

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Off to Thunder Run, which was a mess.

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Too bad more weren't riding, I'd love to see how it tears through with a full payload. Nonetheless, it was pretty good.

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Back I went to Twisted Sisters, which IMO is the worst execution of a twin track coaster ever. There were, what, 2 near misses other than the lifthill? ::roll::

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I did like the station though, both because it was deserted and with the center island, switching tracks was easy. I was suprised that it didn't jackhammer more with the G-trains and crappy turns, but somehow it wasn't rough.

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I stopped to check out the Carousel to see what's up.

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Roller Skater credit # 7 or 8 or something like that.

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Road Runner Express, the last credit in the park for me, my 2nd Maurer mouse.

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Here's the "awesome! I just did KK in 85 minutes" look

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Where else would I eat? Papa John's 8)

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Ah, yes, how sweet it was too. $11 for a large Coke and a slice, not TOO bad ::lol::

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It's never good to have to put that on a car.

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When I saw this, I almost wanted to call for someone else to help. Then again, I remembered they had experience

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Oh well, back to the map trying to navigate the pitch-black countryside of Kentucky trying to avoid construction zones that I would have been better off "dealing with"

That's all folks. Hope you enjoyed.

- Joe 8)

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Postby xdisneyfan » Sun May 07, 2006 2:42 pm

"$11 for a large Coke and a slice"

Is Kentucky Algonquin for "rip-off pizza joints"?
Tell 'em to put in Little Caesars - $5 for a large pizza (with the corresponding quality, natch).

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Postby BeemerBoy » Sun May 07, 2006 2:47 pm

ParkTrips wrote:Image

Ah, yes, how sweet it was too. $11 for a large Coke and a slice, not TOO bad ::lol::



^ Yeah, you beat me to it, xdisney. $11!!!!! :omg: Joe, are you sure T2 didn't box that brain around too much? ;)
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Postby B.Toast » Sun May 07, 2006 2:51 pm

I miss having a shuttle loop :cry:

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Postby B.Toast » Sun May 07, 2006 2:51 pm

I miss having a shuttle loop :cry:

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