One of our club members is living the dream. Lauri has set up his own park in Finland, and though it is pretty small, the club decided to pay a visit en masse in order to support him. The weather was not on our side, and quite a number of people chose not to ride anything, choosing instead to whinge. I've no time for those people to be frank; many club members secretly dream about running their own park some day, and three coach loads of visitors has to be a motivator for someone struggling to get things off the ground.
Those of us who did brave the weather tried a number of interesting flat rides. The Miami was being operated on full manual mode by someone who really knew his job. Beyond that, I experienced my first ever rides on a Round-Up and a Paratrooper, having never bothered with either before. Given a choice it's unlikely I'd ride either again, but then I don't do all that many spin rides anyway.
14th July 2007
It's late, and I've just left the bar, but I'm going to record briefly that we made a one hour stop in tomorrow's park today - er, yesterday at this stage - in which I managed one ride on each operational coaster. Half Pipe was down and had been for some time, apparently due to problems sourcing a replacement part. Some brief comments:
Tornado (#989), one of just three inverted coasters by Intamin and a truly excellent coaster. In reality it is probably the second best non-B&M inverted coaster, after Anaconda;
Trombi (#990), probably the least painful of the Zamperla flying coasters, not that that's much of an endorsement;
Vauhtimato (#992), the kiddie coaster and credit whore, which was actually surprisingly good. I've never ridden a small Tivoli with airtime before, but this one had some. Unfortunately it also had one horrid bump as the train hit the lift hill for each lap.
Korkkiruuvi (#993), a not altogether bad Vekoma Whirlwind. You can tell you're in Scandinavia when you run up the stairs of the ride station just after the posted time of park closing and the ride operators, who are clearly finishing up, decide to run one more train just for you!
There was no time to do anything else at all, but that's okay given that we've got five hours to explore the park in the morning later today.