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ACE Preservation Conference: Michigan’s Adventure

The second and third days of the American Coaster Enthusiasts preservation conference was to be held at Michigan’s Adventure. After a quick photo of the group on the bridge at Indiana Beach, most of must jumped into our cars and headed some 200 miles north to the shores of Lake Michigan. As I was driving I had thoughts of the …

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ACE Preservation Conference: Indiana Beach

It has been quite the summer! The Rock n Roller Coaster Tour across America has taken me from Orlando to the Northeast to middle America and I find myself at my second American Coaster Enthusiasts Preservation Conference. This year we are at Indiana Beach in Monticello, Indiana and Michigan’s Adventure on the Great Lakes. Michele and I parted ways in …

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Rock n Roller 17: Where you Going Purty Boy?

Waking up to a very cool morning in Montana with frost on the windshield, we knew we had a long drive towards Denver. We headed down through Idaho and into Wyoming and up and over the very steep pass into the ski resort town of Jackson Hole. As we were on our way down the pass the air conditioning stopped …

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Rock n Roller 17: Silverwood

We arrived at about 4 am in Seattle on our red eye from LA. We were exhausted but knew we needed to press on. We had a long drive across the state of Washington to our next park, Silverwood in Idaho. We fueled up on coffee, beef jerky and some new fangled bee pollen energy pills from a side-of-the-road gas …

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Rock n Roller 17: LA and Magic Mountain

When in LA you must visit Hollywood right? We woke up early to drive down to the Sunset Strip and then up to the Hollywood Hills in search for the famous sign. We meandered through the park that leads up to the Griffith Observatory and we spent an hour looking for parking. We finally managed to squeeze into a tight …

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Rock n Roller 17: Santa Monica Pier

As we left Knott’s Berry Farm we looked at the map for our next stop, a nightcap at the Santa Monica Pier. “It’s only 25 miles away, thats nothing,” I proclaimed. Little did I know that 25 miles would take over two hours in the crazy and constant bumper-to-bumper traffic on the spaghetti of LA freeways. Remember we haven’t slept …

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Rock n Roller 17: Knotts Berry Farm

We kicked off the 2017 Rock n Roller coaster tour after a red-eye flight down to Los Angeles from Alaska. It seems that every affordable flight from Alaska to the Lower 48 or what we call “outside” to those who don’t live here. We scored an amazing deal on Kayak.com and found a one-way ticket for just 29 bucks. How …

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Rock n Roller 17: San Francisco and the Summer of Love

After the day in the Silicon Valley I headed about an hour north to the San Franscio area. I stayed at a very nice La Quinta Inn just outside the city for three nights. Things are very expensive in this area of the country and hotels are no exception. I have been staying in most hotels for about $75 a …

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Rock n Roller 17: Lake Winnie and Six Flags Over Georgia with ACE

I drove up to north Georgia late after our first day of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) preservation conference at Alabama Splash Adventure. I stayed in a nice room at the local Econo-lodge and was still very sore from the week before from an injury at the swift water rescue class in California. If I wasn’t so excited about what …

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Rock n Roller 17: California’s Great America

I arrived at California’s Great America at about noon after a long drive from west of Sacramento. I would be attending this park on my own since my coaster buddy Michele was back in Alaska holding down Forto’s Fort. I was in Northern California for the weekend to race in a triathlon but I had to get a coaster or …

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