Last week my dad and I were in the Cleveland area for a drag race. We had three days planned at Thompson Raceway Park and then set aside another day for Cedar Point. The weather started out good but then ended up kind of crapy, so the race was called off on Sunday. This actually gave us a littel extra time to sqeeze in GL so all was good. Anyway on to the pictures.
Waiting at the airport, I get my trip started off right. Yay Starbucks!
No Starbucks for my dad. Kind of sad, I know.
Mt. Hood just east of Portland. Still plenty of snow.
Friday was the first day at Thompson Raceway Park for the 7th Annual Gasser Reunion drag race. This is one of the largest nostalgia "gasser" races in the nation.
A classic example of what a gasser car looked like in the 60's.
Yeah, its got a Hemi.
Corvette gasser style.
Now that's a beautiful sight. man I wish I had my Skylark here.
My personal favorite car of the trip.
We passed this covered bridge on the way back from the track so I had to stop and get a picture.
Yeah, it's really old and stuff.
Saturday was back to the track for more racing. It was ridiculously hot though so we bailed a little early. By evening it had cooled down some and we were only about 45mins from Erie, PA, so we decided to go check out Waldameer.
I don't know what nviro men are, and I'd just as soon keep it that way.
Hey they have a jr. woodie here. Never been on one of these before. It was actually a pretty fun little coaster.
Wow, that thing really flies.
My dad enjoying the view just before..................
Spinning coaster. I had never been on one of these either and was pleasantly surprised.
No spinning for my dad. He opted for sitting on the bench.
"90 degrees!" Sorry, couldn't resist.
Possibly soaked? Ah, come on, it's only a log flume.
That drop looks pretty harmless.
So far, so good, after the first drop. Just a little drop on the shoulder.
OK, so.....yeah, you get a little wet.
ACEr friendly crowd today.
Snapped a nice shot of the sun setting over Lake Erie just before..................
So Waldameer was a really fun little park. Next up, Geauga Lake. Stay Tuned.
We woke up Sunday morning to rain. By 11:00 am the rain hadn't let up so they called off the race. We were supposed to be meeting up with some friends at the track but decided to change our plans and meet at Geauga Lake instead.
Back at the track. Just a little wet. Kind of hard to keep a 150 mph car going straight down the 1/4 mile when it's this wet.
This weather gets two thumbs down from my dad.
Most of the cars were already loaded up and ready to go. Time to hit the road for GL.
This McDonald's across the street from GL should due for some lunch before heading into the park.
Hey, look who's here. Ted (CoasterFanatic) and Catrina (ImAPrincess) were ready and waiting when we got there.
Geauga Lake. It was about 1:00 pm in the afternoon on a Sunday so hopefully it wouldn't be too crowded.
Yeah, doesn't look too bad.
ElDorado with Dipper's first hill in the background. They weren't running Dipper because the microphone in the station wasn't working. LAME.
Vekoma SLC, first ride of the day.
Dominator. The main reason I wanted to come.
I think we can handle the one train wait for the front.
My dad wasn't too sure about his ride. I thought it was a very good coaster. My favorite floorless so far.
Raging Wolf Bobs. Ted said it was the best ride he has had since the PTC's were removed. It seem like a decent ride to me too.
Everyone seems to be obsessed with the Cedar Fair garbage cans one way or the other. I really don't get it.
Villain's lift "THROUGH THE......" sorry, don't know what got into me there. I'll try not to let it happen again.
Catrina and my dad decide to sit out "Jackhammer; The Ride".
Another lift hill shot, only this one has no TPR cliche attached to it. This is also the only smooth part of the ride.
Look at those losers over across the midway.
The cool people table is over here!
We headed over to Boomerang but It started raining again, and didn't show any signs of letting up anytime soon, so we decided to call it a day. Got all but the Dipper and Boomerang credit. I actually liked GL and would go back if in the area again.
On the way up to our hotel at CP, we passed this car that was a huge ball of flames just minutes before I took this picture. Someones not having a good day.
The view out our window after checking into the Breaker's Express. Man I hope this rain lets up for tomorrow.
Time for dinner. Chauffeur Ted picks is up at the door in his very manly looking Element.
Monday morning we woke up to no rain! The local weather report said the rain should hold off until about 3pm so we were hoping to get in most of the coasters by then as we did have the one hour early entry.
What's that I see in the distance?
Raptor was up and running first thing but we decided to head to MF first. This turned out not to be the best idea.
Vertical loop shot for my beer loving friend.
Pretty light crowd so far. Hey, there's those garbage cans again.
My dad takes the time to rent a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo so he can store his one Krispy Kream donut to eat later in the day. Yeah.......that's not weird.
Quick shot of the not yet open MF. It was supposed to be open but apparently all of the millions of reports I have read about CP being the most reliable park in the whole wide world when it comes to having rides up and running on time wasn't holding true
Coaster geek alert!
Park is still pretty empty. I wonder where all the people are?
Ah, there all here, waiting for Maverick to open. Well at least they had ONE of there three coasters running for the early entry. This is the same CP I keep reading about, right?
Yay, it's open! Only 45 mins late. In your face SF.
They were running 5 trains and although they stacked em up pretty good I was very impressed at how fast the queue moved.
Yeah, Maverick goes upside down and stuff.
Lots of low to the ground bits too. maverick was actually more intense than I was expecting with lots of auick directional changes and a few good pops of airtime.
Next was TTD. It's tall.
Yep, even from back here, still tall. Oh, and pretty damn fast too with an amazing view from the top. However, of the three Intamin Rockets I have been on, Xcelerator is still my favorite.
This is Iron Dragon. It's NOT tall, OR fast, but it does go close to the water, which I thought was kind of cool.
Yay! Millennium Force is open!
It's pretty tall too. It was also by far my favorite coaster in the park and my second favorite steel coaster just behind Goliath @ SFoG.
Mantis. Lets see how she stacks up to Riddler.
I see you MF.
Mantis has some low to the water bits too.
Why would you post a picture of water you ask? Well, because about a half a second before I snapped this shot, a water snake about three feet long dove down into the water. I just missed it due to the fact that I was too creeped out to get my camera ready
Catrina waited through the Mantis queue with us but didn't ride. She's not a big fan of that one. I one the other hand thought it was pretty good. Not as good as Riddler or Georgia Scorcher, but still pretty good.
Hmm, those clouds aren't looking too good.
5 mins later.
That's Raptor, "THROUGH THE RAIN"
Game time while we wait out the first of what would be many rain showers. Now I'm seriously regretting not getting on Raptor while I had the chance.
Hi Catrina! The rain stopped temporarily, but Raptor was still not operating so Ted and I went for a few rides on Blue Streak while the track was still wet.
Kids these days.
Squirrel. You know, for all you squirrel enthusiasts.
So, apparently, if even the slightest amount of moisture falls from the sky, Cedar Point must close down every coaster in the park (including the INDOOR bobsled) except for Wicked Twister. That makes tons of sense. Anyway, at least we got to ride WT while
The rain finally let up long enough to allow them to get there coaster up and running again. This is Magnum XL200, the third best steel coaster in the world? Um.....OK. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun coaster in a top 100 sort of way.
Mean Streak. I have heard nothing good about this coaster. Time to see for myself, that is, if the rain holds up long enough for us to get on the thing.
Even "Optimistic Ted" thinks those clouds are going to bring a LOT of rain.
RIAN? WHAT RAIN?!?!?!
Took about two second for the station floor to look like this. By now it was around 5 O'clock and Ted and Catrina were needing to get back on there way home to WV, so we bailed out of the station and met back up with my dad to say our goodbyes
Catrina and Ted say farewell. My dad had had enough also, so he headed to the car to crash, leaving me alone the rest of the evening. The rain had stopped so hopefully I'll get my Raptor credit before I have to leave.
Is that sun I see? Time to make a dash to the front of the park.
It's open! And it did not disappoint.
Excellent helix finale. My new favorite invert.
Might as well grab a ride on Corkscrew while I'm here.
At 8:30 in the evening, and about 14 people in the station, they chose to add a 2nd train. They loaded us into the soaking wet second train just to realize they needed to send it on some test runs first. So we all got back out. 20 mins later we were ready
With the sky looking much better now I decided to bail on the other missed credits in favor of riding MF, Maverick and TTD more bufore the park closed.
Back at Maverick I got in two more rides thanks to them pulling single riders from the queue to the front of the line.
The corkscrews were very well disigned, giving a good zero gravity feeling.
The turn arond over the water after the launch had some really cool water cannon effects that you really didn't notice when riding but were very cool to watch as the train went by.
And I leave you with this random picture of a duck. At least he was enjoying the weather.
I really need to go again. I went in 2003, and TTD wasn't quite ready yet, but everything else was running at full capacity. It didn't rain on our trip, but on the 4th day, the fog was ultra thick and moist, so we headed out early and hit King's Island on the way home, for Delirium.
Alexander "I've decided that I don't really hate Magic Mountian, but I don't like it nearly as much as Cedar Point" Dickey
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