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The Economics (and Official End) of Roller Coaster Tour

by Karol on July 12, 2011

I’m calling it. I’m not sure what my next excursion is going to be (although I’m strongly leaning towards moving to Nashville for a couple months), but I’m not going on any more coasters for a while. Maybe never. As I’ve said a thousand times before I’m not a coaster enthusiast. This was simply something fun to do. I actually hadn’t been on a roller coaster for a good 4 or 5 years before beginning the tour. It’s not worth the risk to continue.

If you want to know the economics behind how much something like this costs I’ve written about it on my main site:

The Economics of Epic Excursions

Thanks for following along.

It sucks that it’s ending like this, but sometimes the unexpected happens. We have a choice in situations like this. Wallow or move on. I’ve wallowed long enough. Time for moving on.

I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do with this site. I’m considering finding others who want to do long coaster trips and letting them using this site as a springboard for media / public relations contacts at the parks. If you’re interested in that just get in touch.

Or I might just let it linger into obscurity. Who knows? :)

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

James Salmond July 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

Karol,

Sorry to hear that the tour is coming to an end. I have enjoyed reading your posts and hope you find the time to conduct another epic excursion sometime in the future.

Later!

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thanks James!

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GrumpyFan July 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

Karol, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re ending the tour. But, it sounds like it was the right decision. An excursion such as this accomplishes nothing if it leaves you with a permanent debilitating injury. Move on and enjoy life. I look forward to continuing to follow you and reading more about your adventures whatever they may be.

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

Thanks GrumpyFan! :)

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Scott July 12, 2011 at 11:15 am

That’s a bummer to hear, but it’s probably for the best. Nashville is an awesome city and has a GREAT country music scene. I’m sure you will love it, but you may need to buy a pickup, boots, a hat and some Cinch jeans… :)

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

The only reason I’d go there is for the country music scene. I’m a cowboy at heart. :)

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Tad4irsh July 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

At least you had fun doing something so epic…I’m still motivated to give it a whirl! In a couple of years…

I enjoyed following you on your attempt…you seem, in your writing at least, content with what you were able to do…I’m curious though: do you feel you fell short of your goals? Do you think this was just too much for anyone to attmpt or maybe not the right thing for a non-”roller coaster enthusiast?”

It seems like you live your life for adventire after adventure…I’m sure this isn’t the first time things didn’t go according to plan. Reading some of the other things you have linked to and written about, what advice do you have for when things don’t go according to plan? How do you reconcile that inside yourself??

I know this is a lot of questions, but in a very real way, I am sad that you didn’t get to finish what you set out to finish bu, I know you will be able to find a way to use this experriance to help others…

Thanks for the ride Karol…and I look forward to joining you on your next ride, whatever it may be.

Tad

P.S. I may be hitting you up for adivce as I start to plan my adventure in the future!

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm

No adventure is worth risking my health. I guess that’s not completely true. I do a lot of things that some would consider risky. But when something goes wrong as far as health is concerned it would be pretty stupid to keep going.

I don’t think it was too much to attempt. If I hadn’t blacked out and felt like crap for a week I would have continued.

When things don’t go according to plan we have no choice but to go with the flow. You can’t change the tides, but you can get on the waves and surf them if you want.

That all said, it is a bit depressing/disconcerting when things go haywire. It’s OK to feel bad about it for a bit. :)

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NTW July 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Sad to hear that the tour has come to and end. How many coaster did you ride? Was it worth it?

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I don’t know how many I rode as I wasn’t keeping track. This tour was never really about coasters. :)

Yes, it was worth it. No regrets. Ever. :)

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James Schipper July 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Glad it’s ending with you alive. Was looking forward to your stop out here. Met up with Raam out here on Friday and he said he had a blast with you. I’m sure we’ll cross paths at some point. You know the door is always open, even though our couches might be a bit short for you :-D

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Karol July 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

haha, I sleep like a baby on airplane seats … couches might as well be king sized beds! :)

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Jared July 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Oh man, thats a bummer to hear. I hate having to end in the middle of a journey or any project for that matter. Congrats anyhow on making it as far as you did.

If any body is interested, you can check out some of my adventures at http://www.pseudoventurist.blogspot.com. You may just see a bit about coaster on there. Or just other adventures that I’ve had and reviews of food I’ve eaten.

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Mary July 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Feel better soon. It was very interesting to read your coaster posts. I’ll miss them.

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Karol July 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Thanks Mary!

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Tim July 14, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Aw man, that sucks. Kudos for making it that far man, I don’t know if I could’ve have been on the road that long riding coasters every day haha. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!

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Karol July 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Tim. Lots of fun ideas in motion. Not sure what I’ll go with. :)

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The Coaster Critic August 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I’m late, just now realizing that it’s over. Sorry to hear about the end of the tour and your time on Titan. I’ve had similar experiences on it and it’s near twin at Magic Mountain in Cali. I wondered what it would be like to try to tackle all of these parks in such a compressed time frame. I hadn’t thought about the physical toll it would take, but I will now. I’ve enjoyed your site. Quite an accomplishment!

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