Hello Fantastic Friends and Big Mike Readers out there!
This is a special trip report in so many ways!!
First off, it's CoasterMania at Cedar Point, the best park there is!
Then we have Big Mike riding his 600th coaster!!!
To top it off, over 20 TPR's come out to celebrate with Big Mike on his 600th coaster!!
What a fantastic day and what wonderful people I met, every single one of them
Cedar Point has so many coasters, this trip report will be divided in half.
This first part will be all the cool people who came out to hang with Big Mike and the 2nd part willl be all the coasters!
Thanks again to everyone for creating one big happy TPR family
I hope everyone enjoys!
Peace, Big Mike
The Big Mike Road Show 2008 arrives in the dark and ready to have a ton of fun!
No sooner than I park my car, I hear "Big Mike!" from the car parking next to me! It's Jeff (y2j2003y2j) and he is my sidekick for the next 19 hours!
Jeff was cool enough to model this free CoasterMania hoodie they gave is!
Going back in, we run into Bob (Flyingbob) and his coaster riding partner Deb that I met at The Great Escape earlier on the Road Show!
Not even inside yet and bam, we meet Ken (slither37) and his adorable daughter Kayla! TPR representing too!
We don't even get on our first ride yet and wham, we run into Sue and Rich! Sue had checked off CT on the Official Big Mike Road Show 2008 T-Shirt back at Lake Compounce early in the Road Show!
Hey, my great buds Craig (IggyAce) and his son Gage were here for Big Mike's celebration too! Where have we not met these guys?
Someone brand new to TBMRS2008, Scott (TheOne) and his cousin all the way from IL.
Wow, it's Cole and Heidi and they remembered from last week at Dorney that I would be riding #600 and said they wouldn't have missed the celebration!
After a few rides, Pam (Yeti726) finds me and I have made another great friend! Pam is in the finals of the TPR Video Contest!
While at lunch, I find 1/3 of the family of 3 generations of coaster riders. This is Andy (Vistaway) but his son is sleeping. Picture later!
They just keep coming! It's Vanessa from the Midwest trip and part of Casey's Harum, but not anymore since she met Big Mike!
Cedar Fair CEO Dick Kinzel even congratulates Big Mike for coaster #600 but says he wants to see the bikini pictures back on TBMRS2008!
Better late than never, Rob (Rmcgin1058) joins the party!
Here they are, the 3 generation coaster riders! How awesome! Andy, Dillon, and his dad. Dillon was adorable and very smart on drop tower lingo!
I was honored to meet Tony Clark from Cedar Point. He does the OnPoint blog and wrote a very nice article on Big Mike! See it here http://www.cedarpoint.com/public/fun/blog/index.cfm?entry=c8266f50-f68c-4e04-a941-dc3f10f3688d
Thanks Tony! Your a cool dude.
Wow! That was the roll call for Big Mike's 600th coaster party at Cedar Point! As Tony wanted to know, who was going to check off Ohio?? Take a guess Big Mike Readers, I just showed you all the possibilities!
There was also a little event playing 2nd fiddle to Big Mike's party called CoasterMania!
Here are your Cedar Point prices if you come on another day and don't get in for free at CoasterMania!
Having this Coastermania badge means .....
... not having to wait in these huge lines later in the day!
The reason why we are all here, Maverick - coaster #600 for Big Mike! Let the celebrations begin.
Everyone is dancing with joy at the big accomplishment!
Kayla was impressed by the whole spectical that is The Big Mike Road Show 2008!
It's not all about Big Mike though, it is about the friends that make it special. So here they are. Sue and Rich!
Scott and his cousin, who later put on a TPR shirt after finding out how cool it was to be part of.
Since Craig was looking for food, here is what we had. Sausage, chicken, ziti, and more!
Caramel apples and salt water taffy for everybody!
I was still hungry, so I tried to eat this cookie!
He was wispering in my ear congrats on #600!
It was getting very hot out, good thing Cedar Point gave us these free refillable drink cups for the WHOLE day!
When the drinks did not do the trick, we found the air conditioners!
Any which way to cool off will do!
Ah, I am feeling bad for Craig's food picture, so here is another one for you good buddy!
Where should I throw my Caramel apple core?
One of the main reason for traveling to Cedar Point was that Kayla wanted to ride her favorite Magnum with Big Mike! I was honored!
Ken and Jeff had to ride on thier own.
Kayla and Big Mike!
Big Mike bails after just one ride on here. Too much food at the free buffet.
The trees had all this white stuff floating in the air. Jeff could make a snowball out of it!
First solo, now together!
Some father and daughter time. Very cool!
Can never get enough father/daughter time!
Look how sweet and adorable Kayla is until......
......Dad says it's time to leave The Big Mike Road Show and go home!!
It was a fantastic day at Cedar Point with a whole bunch of great people and a superb event called CoasterMania!
I thank everyone who came out and was part of Team Big Mike!
I am glad you all thought I was one cool dude and solidified that....
....Team Big Mike tops Team Larry any day of the week!
The Big Mike Road Show arrives in the dark and departs in the dark. Time to guess, who got to check off The Official Big Mike Road Show 2008 T-Shirt this time?
It's Kayla!! How many of you guessed it right? Next time The Big Mike Road Show 2008 travels near you, come on out and say hi like these friends did! Peace, Big Mike
I see you made the on-point blog, cool, I only got around to looking at the CP site for the first time in a while today.
I got two words out of Tony (after he had scored his test rides on maverick in the morning) when I was waiting for Maverick on the midwest trip when that weather you see in the DVD is descending - "save yourself.
I so want to join team big mike. PM me when you are going to knotts or I dont know if you are going to DCA for Midway mania but PM me if you are in the so cal area. I need the new credits from my home park. I need Sidewinder, Pony Express, Timberline Twister but PM me because I have a feeling there is no school that day.
Hey Mike, forgot about some of those pictures! Kayla and I had so much fun hanging with you and Jeff. It is too bad Kayla was so sick though, she obviously was too sick to go to her last day of school.
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