Total Timber Tour 2

Total Timber Tour 2

WE DID IT!

TERMINATOR SALVATION

06/22/10 – 20.46 PST / 23/06/10 – 04:46 BST

 

Terminator Salvation

 

Adrian and Ian

 

Adrian and Ian

 

About the Tour

After 18 trips to the US over 20 years, Adrian & Ian, 2 Roller Coaster Enthusiasts from the UK, have ridden over 700 Roller Coasters, and visited more than 100 Theme and Amusements Parks around the world. Before this trip, they had ridden almost every wooden coaster in the US.

In 2010, after a failed attempt 2 years earlier, they embarked on this trip with one mission - to complete their boast that they have ridden every operating wooden coaster in the US*.

The remaining coasters were spread from Alabama to California and the trip took in some new steel coasters spread across the country. It covered 24 parks, 6 new to them and 154 coasters in total, 41 new to them.

The ‘Total Timber Tour 2’ travelled from New Jersey, through Canada, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Southern Alabama, and through to the West via New Mexico. The climax of the tour was a ride on ‘Terminator Salvation: The Ride’ at Six Flags Magic Mountain, California - a new wooden coaster that opened in May 2009. In all, the tour crossed 27 state lines, and totalled 7935 miles!

You can see their adventures of the trip via the daily blog which tracked the route as the pair worked their way from East to West. This website peaked at 8900+ hits a day during the tour.

 

*Excluding those SBNO (Standing, but non-operational), those under construction until the trip is complete and junior rides that have a maximum rider height limit

 

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Worlds of Fun

An afternoon and evening at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO to put "Prowler" through her paces (and get that all important woodie credit!) Those that followed the last tour will know we stayed in a cabin on site last time, even though the park was closed. Prowler opened the following May.

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Kiddie Park | Frontier City

A surprise stop at Kiddie Park in Bartlesville, OK.

A part driving, part park day and chance to unwind at Frontier City in Oklahoma City, OK.

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Joyland Amusement Park | Wonderland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park in Lubbock, TX is the first of 2 new parks for us today. We drove past both of these on the 2008 trip.

An evening at Wonderland Amusement Park in Amarillo, TX.

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Cliff's Amusement Park

We've only visited Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque, NM once before in 2005 and then only managed one ride on the woodie there before "rain stopped play". Let's hope for better skies this time.

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Castles n' Coasters

Another new park for us, Castles n' Coasters in Phoenix, AZ and our last stop before California.

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Belmont Park

The last time we visited Belmont Park in San Diego, CA was 2002. The Giant Dipper wasn't running too well then. It'll be interesting to see if it's improved. It's then the final run into LA. This will be our base for the final 4 nights.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain

The final coaster to 'tick off' will be at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia CA. Terminator Salvation: The Ride opened in May 2009. If all goes well, this will be the day we can say we've ridden all wooden coasters in the USA.

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Knott's Berry Farm

Our final big park will be at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. New to us will be the Sierra Sidewinder which has opened since our last visit in 2005.

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Buffalo Bills | Stratosphere

A last minute change to our Californian plans and a quick hop? to the Stratosphere in Las Vegas to try out the new Sky Jump. Ian did a much smaller version in South Korea last year, so it'll be interesting to see how this one compares.

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Pacific Park | Fly Home

Tonight we fly home from L.A. to arrive in London on Sunday. Not before we've popped into Santa Monica on the way back from Vegas for a few trips on the "West Coaster" coaster.

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