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Route

The route is long (13,000 miles) and the coasters are plentiful! Let’s do this!

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Below are the dates and theme park (or other activities) for the tour.

5/21/2011 Michigan’s Adventure – Muskegon, MI – Article: How I Ripped My Shorts At Michigan’s Adventure

5/22/2011 Indiana Beach – Monticello, IN (Rescheduled, 2 coasters not in service today) Article: wrote about this in Great America article.

5/23/2011 Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, IL (Cancelled, moved to next day)

5/24/2011 Six Flags Great America make-up day – Article: The Car Swap Caper & Six Flags Great America

5/25/2011 Mt Olympus – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Article: Struck By The Thunder of the Gods At Mt Olympus

5/26/2011 Valleyfair – Shakopee, MN – Article: I, Karol Gajda, Declare I Will Never Again Ride A Corkscrew

5/26/2011 Nickelodeon Universe - at Mall of America – Bloomington, MN- Article: I, Karol Gajda, Declare I Will Never Again Ride A Corkscrew

5/27/2011 Adventureland – Des Moines, IA – Article: Going Back In Time At Adventureland

5/28/2011 Arnolds Park – Arnolds Park, IA – Article: Oko … Okobo … Okoboj … Arnolds Park!

5/29/2011 Drive day (700 miles, stopping in Billings, MT)

5/30/2011 Drive day (500 miles to Athol, ID)

5/31/2011 Silverwood – Athol, ID – Article: Silverwood Theme Park Brings Me Out of Corkscrew Retirement

6/2 – 6/7/2011 – Conference in Portland

6/7/2011 Drive day

6/8/2011 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo, CA – Article: My Website and Self Esteem Get &*#$’ed at Discovery Kingdom

6/9/2011 California’s Great America – Santa Clara, CA – Article: Living The Dream at Great America

6/10/2011 Santa Cruz Boardwalk / drive day – Article: The Simple 5 Step System To Buying Tickets At Santa Cruz Boardwalk

6/11/2011 Six Flags Magic Mountain – Valencia, CA – Article: The Adrenaline High Never Dies at Six Flags Magic Mountain

6/12/2011 Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, CA – Article: Searching For Fruit at Knott’s Berry Farm

6/13/2011 Break day

6/14/2011 Disneyland / Disney California Adventure – Anaheim, CA – Article: Breaking The Rules and the Bread at Disneyland & California’s Adventure

6/15/2011 Belmont Park – San Diego, CA ; Buffalo Bill’s – Primm, NV – Article: In Which I Drive 291 Miles To Get Beat To A Pulp

6/16/2011 AdventuredomeNew York New YorkStratosphere – Las Vegas, NV – Article: No Cliché Headline About Vegas, Just The Thrill Rides

6/17/2011 Drive day

6/18/2011 Lagoon – Farmington, UT – Article: Becoming An Honorary Mormon At Lagoon Theme Park

6/19/2011 Drive day – 500+ miles

6/20/2011 Work day in Denver

6/21/2011 Lakeside Amusement Park – Denver, CO – Article: Night Rides at Lakeside Amusement Park

6/22/2011 Elitch Gardens – Denver, CO – Article: Shooting 216 Feet Up in Downtown Denver at Elitch Gardens

6/23/2011 Drive day 500 miles

6/24/2011 Drive day 500 miles

6/25/2011 Break in Austin, TX

6/26/2011 Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX – Article: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Makes Children Cry

6/27/2011 Seaworld San Antonio – San Antonio, TX – Article: Shocked By The Steel Eel at Sea World San Antonio

6/28/2011 Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX – Article: In Which I Black Out at Six Flags Over Texas

6/29/2011 Drive day

Injured – Tour on hiatus until further notice.

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Eric March 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

Sounds like one heck of a fun trip! Let me know if you want some company when you get to Orlando. We have annual passes to Disney and could join you for those roller coasters.

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Deb March 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

That’s one hell of a great look trip!!! I look forward to following your tour. Someday I hope to do something similar, but instead of roller coasters I want to go to all the weird, strange festivals across the U.S. :)

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Karol March 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

There are probably a lot of those. :)

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Darren Alff March 11, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This is awesome Karol! You gotta put the city and/or state next to all these parks. I don’t know where a lot of them are located. If there are any in Utah, you gotta come by and visit me in the mountains of Park City. We have a tiny roller coaster at one of the local ski resorts. haha! Plus, you’ve got a free place to stay… and an excellent tour guide (me) to show you around!

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Karol March 12, 2011 at 2:13 am

Thanks Darren. Yeah, I’ll have a better looking Route soon enough. :) I’ll be in Farmington, UT on June 20 at a park called Lagoon.

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Darren Alff March 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

Great! I’m marking it on my calendar. Lagoon is only about 45 minutes from my house. Can I ride the roller coasters with you? Be your camera man?

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Karol March 12, 2011 at 11:34 am

Yes, definitely. :)

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Elisa March 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Funtown Splashtown USA (aka in Maine) I’m totally there. :)

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Ashley March 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Would love to ride some roller coasters with you at Six Flags in St. Louis or Holiday World! At Holiday World, you get free drinks and sunscreen :p

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Karol April 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

Ashley, that’s awesome! See you at Six Flags or Holiday World or both! :)

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James April 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Bro, YOU ARE MY IDOL! haha I’ve been dying to do this for a while it’s on my bucket list! Props to you for actually doin it. You only got one life right? Make it damn good and throw in as many thrills as you can! I’ll see you in San Antonio man!

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Karol April 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thanks James! :) Yeah, it’s going to be a really fun time. Looking forward to San Antonio!

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chris sarda April 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Pretty sure the NASCAR Cafe will be closed by the time you get here to Vegas.

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Karol April 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

That’s too bad, but it is what it is.

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David ross April 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Are you going to rate the coasters in any way? Rank them? What will be the resulting information after your trip?

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Karol April 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

That’s a great question. While I will be reviewing them (with POV video) I hadn’t thought about ranking. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of rankings as far as movies and whatnot because a ranking system will obviously be biased/subjective. That said, I like the idea. :)

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Adam April 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Ah, I’ll miss you by a week! I’m flying back to KC from Taiwan on July 11, you’re there on the 3rd. Too bad, it would have been great to meet up with you. Any chance of extending the tour to Asia? :)

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Karol April 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’m considering going to Singapore after Abu Dhabi. We’ll see what happens. :)

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alwaysLovely May 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

When are you coming Singapore!?

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Karol May 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

There are a few places I want to go after Abu Dhabi. Singapore is one of them. But nothing is set in stone.

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The team at Pacific Shaving Company May 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

Hey Karol,
Tour sounds great! If you drive through San Francisco for the day, let us know.

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Karol May 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Thanks! I know I’ll be in the area, but not sure how much free time I’ll have yet. Just used your shaving oil yesterday. :)

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Benny May 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

This is an amazing trip! I may have missed it but are you driving everywhere?

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Karol May 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Yup, I’m driving the whole way. :)

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Brandon May 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hey man – awesome trip! I’ve done pieces of this before, but never one long, epic adventure. I managed to hit 40 parks in 2007, which seemed like a lot. :)

FYI, Goliath at SFoG is amazingness! Looks like you’ll be there on a Sunday, which is usually not a bad day for the park. Would love to meet up if it works out. Love that you’re ending the US portion at CP. So much fun! :)

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Karol May 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Whoa, 40 parks is a ton!

I grew up near CP … and it’s amazing … which is why I’m ending there. :)

Hope to see you on the Goliath!

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GrumpyFan May 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Have you counted how many coasters you will be riding?

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Karol May 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

No, I haven’t. Parks close old/open new coasters regularly so the list would be too difficult to update. That said, I do have a list, but I’ll know exactly what coasters I’m going on when I get to each park.

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GrumpyFan May 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

I did a quick search of the Roller Coaster Database, rcdb.com and they show 640 coasters currently in operation across the U.S. However, that list probably includes a lot of smaller parks and coasters. But, it’s worth a look. http://rcdb.com/r.htm?nm=na&order=4&st=93&pl=59&ot=2

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Karol May 20, 2011 at 9:50 am

Thanks! Yeah, I used that database as well as another. But it includes ALL coasters, including kiddie coasters. Those aren’t coasters to me. :)

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Twilley May 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Love the Idea for this! One of the craziest road trips I’ve ever seen. Good luck and have fun at Michigan’s Adventure today on the first day of your trip.

So I looked at some of the parks you’re not visiting on this trip, and there were a few notables. So I was just wondering if you’ve been to these before.

1. Knoebel’s is the biggest miss on here. It’s one of the top 10 best parks in the country.

2. Waldameer is the second biggest miss imo, Ravine Flyer is a top wooden coaster.

Timber Falls should be visited while you’re at Mount Olympus in a couple of days. You should add Enchanted Forest and Oaks Park while you’re in and around Portland Oregon.

I could critique more but that’s just rude, so I wish you the best of luck on your journey and the least amount of car trouble possible!

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Karol May 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Any park I didn’t include is because the coasters didn’t fit the bill for me. They need to be either historic (i.e. oldest) or thrill rides. Otherwise I’m just going on the same small coasters all over the place. Like WIld Cat … same coaster, different name, dozens of parks.

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East Coast(er) General May 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Missing a lot of coasters there, but still quite ambitious. You can strike the NASCAR Cafe in Las Vegas off your list as that closed last week. The stratosphere tower doesn’t have a coaster on it anymore, but you still need to do the rides anyway.
Would love to meet up with you, but I’m going to a lot of the parks that you are at different times & I’ll be touring the coaster parks in the UK & Italy when you’re in my area. We could perhaps meet up at Lake Compounce or SFNE though. You also can do both of those park in a single day & squeeze in a day at Knoebels. You really can’t say you’re doing a roller coaster tour of the USA without going to Knoebels.

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Karol May 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Yeah, I didn’t realize those Vegas coasters were closing. I was on the NASCAR Cafe website about 2 weeks ago and the info was still there without any mention of closing. Oh well. There’s still New York New York. :)

I’d be happy to meet up. Just get in touch if I happen to be at the same park as you.

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Dubaidave May 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

Hey,

What a great trip.

would love to meet up at ferrari World.

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Karol May 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

Sweet!

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Dubaidave May 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

Have you spoken to anyone at Ferrari World? I know the head of marketing there and can put you in touce if you are interested.

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Karol May 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

I haven’t, and that would be great! Thanks Dave!

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Tim Johnson May 22, 2011 at 9:16 am

Hey Karol, it was good meeting you yesterday on the Corkscrew at Michigan’s Adventure. Hope your tour goes well. I will definitely be subscribing to you channel on youtube. God bless and have fun!

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Karol May 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Thanks Tim, good meeting you as well!

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Mike P May 23, 2011 at 2:27 am

Karol, what a great trip! I have a bit of Oregon rollercoaster advice. I noticed you are stopping in Portland in June. There is a looping coaster at Oak’s Park in Portland (southeast part of town). Also, about 50 minutes south of Portland (on I-5) you’ll pass Enchanted Forest (not to be confused with Enchanted Village in Washington). It’s really easy to quickly stop by this park and ride Ice Mountain Bobsleds on your way down to California. It’s a pretty unique steel terrain coaster that runs through the forest.

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Karol May 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Thanks Mike. A coaster through the forest sounds great! I’ll look into it.

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Marcus May 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

That’s one heck of a trip you got planned. I’ve done a few US coaster road trips, but the longest has been 19 days, to do 3 months would be amazing.

As someone else has said it’s a shame you’re missing Knoebels and Waldameer. Both parks are special and have unique wooden coasters that are easily among the best coasters in the World, period. The Phoenix at Knoebels is historical and ranked 3rd best wooden coaster in the Golden Ticket Awards. Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer is a thrilling wooden coaster ranked 6th in the same awards.

Despite missing those parks you’re still hitting some of the best coasters in the World.

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Karol May 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Thanks for the info Marcus! Where were all the coaster experts hiding when I was planning this trip? :)

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Big Mike May 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Dude,

Props to the great trip.

Being a coaster person too( 993 coasters ridden 320 parks visited), only 89 “total” coasters left in the USA, I love your trip!

I just browsed through real quick, will study more later, but a full day at Clementon and a full day at Moreys can easily be combined into one day, thus leaving you time to hit Knoebels.

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Karol May 25, 2011 at 6:03 am

Thanks for the tip Big Mike! :)

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Kevin B. May 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Aw, you didn’t go to Indiana Beach? You’re missing out, even though they don’t run some rides in the early season. Have fun at Holiday World when you go, though.

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Karol May 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Will post about why I didn’t go soon.

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Jaiman May 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

Hi Karol! You’re trip sounds like it’ll be great fun. Being able to travel the country, and the world, riding roller coasters and meeting new people is an amazing privilege that I’m definitely jealous of. =D

I did notice one thing while looking at your route schedule though. As a resident of Arizona, I noticed that you don’t have a stop here. We do have park, albeit small, here in Phoenix area called Castle and Coasters. It features the only 2 permanent coaster in AZ. Of course i’m not sure if this omission was by design or not but i thought i’d just give you a heads up.

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Karol May 25, 2011 at 6:26 am

Thanks Jaiman. Yes, I’m aware of Castles and Coasters. The omission was by design and will be explained some day. ;)

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Mitchell May 28, 2011 at 3:15 am

Props Karol, I’m officially jealous, if you need any company at Knott’s or SFMM email me, I use to work at Knott’s and am a huge fan of SFMM!

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Karol May 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Mitchell!

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Tom Brownsword May 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

Dang, late to the party again… Just now realized that you were doing this, Karol!

What a great idea. Crazy, insane, something I should have tried back when my neck was stronger…

Might have to try to link up with you while you’re in Denver on June 22 (I’m in Colorado Springs). It would be good to meet you if we can sync our schedules.

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Karol May 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Hehe, I’ve only been talking about it for months. ;)

I’ll most likely have a coaster companion in Denver, but let me know if you’re going to join us!

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Grace June 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

This is amazing! :-) I can see you put all lot of lot and effort into this and I wish you the best of luck. Here in Huntington, WV, we have a small amusement called, “Camden Park” and located in it, is a coaster called, “The big Dipper”, built in 1958. Of course, it is not the most thrilling ride and exciting coaster, but it does have a lot of history. Have a safe and happy trip!

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Karol June 5, 2011 at 4:18 am

Thanks Grace! And thanks for the Camden Park tip. :) I’m really enjoying the old wooden coasters lately.

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sean June 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Karol – Where are you from?

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Karol June 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Poland / Michigan

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Nic June 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Planning on catching up with you at Carowinds (if you make it that far!)

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Karol June 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Why wouldn’t I make it that far? See you there!

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Nic June 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

You keep beating yourself up on ill-fitting coasters, that’s why!

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Megan June 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

Karol! Not sure if I missed this but when are you rescheduled to do Indiana Beach?!

Drat living in Korea til September otherwise I would join you/reminisce about the last time I went there with my 6th grade boyfriend. Verrrry romantic.

This is so awesome dude! And I can’t wait to hear yr thoughts on Ye Olde Indiana Beach.

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Karol June 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hey Megan, not sure about the rescheduling yet. :(

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Ryan @ PauseTheMoment.com June 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

What an amazing trip! Have you estimated how much this trip will cost you in gas? Just curious considering the prices these days. I’d love to pull off some sort of road trip like this one of these days. Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

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Karol June 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

So far, after over 7,000 miles, gas has cost me exactly $1,157.23. Not a whole lot. It won’t top $2,500 total.

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