I ran into SKCfan tonight who was really beat up when he rode it in November before the winter repairs. He wouldn't ride in the back because of his experience in November but I coerced him into row 11. I think he was expecting a beating, but he didn't get it. He looked at me at the end of the ride and said "Wow, that didn't hurt." Heh. Thats a good thing.
It was very cool to run into someone that I've read posts by and seen a pic of on this site.
I was in line for my third ride of the night when Guru ended up in line behind me. I'd seen him earlier, but, he was about to board the train at the back and I was still in line up toward the front of the train.
While chatting with him in line, he did indeed talk me into row 11. I wasn't too fond of the back of the train after a few past rides that were very rough. I basically decided after those rides to stay toward the front of the train as much as possible.
However, after the track work done during the winter break, the back rows are no longer as nasty as they used to be. It was quite a pleasant experience to get yanked down those hills in row 11! It wasn't anywhere near as rough as it was on my last rides there in November.
I got a total of four rides in last night:
1st: Row 2R
2nd: Row 3L
3rd: Row 11R
4th: Row 1R
My favorite two of those four were without a doubt the third and fourth rides. They are kind of two sides on the same coin for me. I like the unrestricted view of row 1, but, I equally like the slightly stronger G's of row 11.
It was nice to hear Guru agree that the right side of the train is the best side to be on. I'd discovered that in my past rides on the Bullet.
I had to call it quits after four rides because I had over an hour and a half drive back home. I had made several pit stops around the Houston area and got to the Boardwalk around 6:30 or so. After getting my wristband at about 6:50, I knew I was going to be limited in the amount of Bullet rides I could get in due to the length of the line. All four rides averaged about 20 to 25 minutes or so to get on. That wasn't too bad at all considering the amount of people there. The thing that really made the wait times totally bearable was the weather. It was as close to perfect for me as you could get. It wasn't too hot or cold and there was a good strong breeze to keep you cool.
This was definitely a fun evening with the Bullet and Guru. It was nice to ride it again after about five months and after the winter track work. I wish I could have gotten more rides in, but...
(1) I didn't break a sweat due to nice weather
(2) I paid for my wristband with my four rides
(3) I didn't get beat up in row 11
(4) I got to meet Guru
(5) I had a lot of fun
So, I guess you could say, "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!".