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In Which I Black Out at Six Flags Over Texas

by Karol on June 28, 2011

Blacking out might be going too far although my vision did go near black / really blurry 3 times. It was really hot today at over 100F/38C. As many people who know me know, I absolutely love heat. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in this kind of heat for a long time and I just wasn’t ready for it.

I got to Six Flags Over Texas just after park opening and immediately went to try to acquire front of line passes. I was meeting Shannon & her family (4 total people) so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get it done. But everybody was extraordinarily helpful! Way better than Fiesta Texas and another unnamed park which you can figure out if you read my tweets yesterday. This unnamed park was insulting/rude. If I ran that PR department everybody would be fired. ;)

To make a long story short, I didn’t even have to ask if I could get front of line for 5 people here. “How many people do you have?” “5.” Done! So thank you to the wonderful team at Six Flags Over Texas. It is much appreciated and doesn’t go without notice.

Texas Giant

I’d been waiting for this one for a while. For whatever reason I’ve received more e-mails about Texas Giant than any other coaster. Even the guy who checked me in at my hotel mentioned it.

Texas Giant has the steepest drop (79°) in the world of any hybrid (wood/steel) coaster and it does not disappoint. Besides the drop it also has a 95° banked turn. You’re literally riding sideways on a wall. :)

This was my favorite ride at the park and I’d probably even put it in my top 10 so far.

I was really thirsty after, but there were no water fountains to be seen. I thought “ehh, I’ll just wait until after the next ride.” But the next ride was …

Titan Makes Me See Stars

Titan is a monolith with a 255 foot drop and top speed of 85mph.

The drop is fantastic. I love big drops. It’s the turns that are killer. The G-forces on the carousel turns are so great there have been many reported incidents of blackout. Well, you can pretty much add me to the list. Twice. The ride stops somewhere in the middle and you go through another series of turns. It happened to me before and after the stop. Whoa!

I’d never in my life had this feeling before. All I know is I couldn’t see what was going on and I shook my head vigorously to try to keep myself from passing out.

I still loved it. The big drop and the 120 foot dark tunnel make it a really fun ride, but I definitely didn’t attempt a second ride.

Immediately after Titan I drank copious amounts of water and filled up my Vapur (foldable water bottle!). The heat was immense. Did I mention that yet? :)

I didn’t want to do another big ride for a bit so we stopped for drinks/food and then headed to …

Runaway Mountain

This is an indoor coaster that would be much better to me if there was just a tiny bit of light. It’s so dark it might as well be called Blackhole. I’d expect a bit of mountain scenery or something. Maybe stars in the sky? Anyway, it wasn’t on my list of coasters. It was just a break before going on anything else that might make me pass out. (I was still feeling dizzy.)

Shockwave

Shockwave was built in 1978 so it’s one of the older rides in the park. It was kind of hard to find and there was nobody there so we didn’t even have to use the front of line pass. We walked right on.

During the first loop I felt my third bout of blackout-ed-ness. Wow. All I could think was “What is wrong with me?” This was not a very intense ride. I just don’t think my body was prepared for any kind of G force anymore. I actually said to Shannon, “You know, I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish this park today.”

But the show must go on so we headed to …

Judge Roy Scream

Six Flags Over Texas’ resident fully-wooden coaster. There’s not a whole lot to say about it. It was really bumpy, but a fun ride.

We decided to take another break before attempting Batman The Ride or Mr Freeze. Both of these had definitely “make me blackout” capabilities and I wanted to go in fresh.

Batman The Ride

A good ole feet-hanging-in-the-air coaster with lots of Gotham City props. It didn’t make me pass out. :)

Mr Freeze

 

Photo: Mr Freeze. Get to the top, stare at the sun, go back down backwards. :)

This looked pretty intense. It’s a launch coaster that shoots you up, around, over, back up, and then stops vertically while you sit for a second staring at the sun. Then it goes through the whole track backwards. The staring in the sun part wasn’t the best, but the ride was really fun.

More Six Flags Over Texas photos here.

I am beat. I’m gonna drink a lot of water, take a nap, and then chill out for the night before heading to Hot Springs, AR tomorrow. No coasters tomorrow as it’s a drive day.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan June 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Karol – Glad you loved our Six Flags! Yup, our Texas summer is in full swing – drink lots of water and other tasty beverages. Love your updates, your whole experience is inspiring. Thanks! Susan

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Karol June 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I don’t drink other beverages, but I couldn’t get enough water. It was insane. I don’t think I’ll have to deal with this type of heat too much more on the tour.

Thanks for your support Susan!

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GrumpyFan June 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

Nice update! Definitely a fun park.
Drink more water before, during and after.
We were there last year, and I think I rode every coaster in the park, with the exception of maybe the Tony Hawk coaster. I had similar black out experiences when I rode Batman, but that was late in the day, and I was probably in similar condition. This park is deceptively grueling and will wear you down, more so if it’s a hot day like you experienced.

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Karol June 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m hoping there won’t be many more 100+ days in my future. High 90s in Hot Springs tomorrow, but they don’t have any incredibly intense rides as far as I can tell.

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Darby June 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

They had Shockwave at Great America as well! Too bad they took it down for Superman. Hope you get back up riding again soon!

-Darby

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Sylvia June 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I saw an article on MSNBC.com about your “ADVENTURE” I love what you said about how it’s not about the coasters but about inspiring people to do what they want. Life is short…have fun! Don’t take yourself too seriously because then you can’t loosen up and enjoy the wind in your hair. Many blessings to you and best of luck on your adventure!

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Karol July 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thank you Sylvia. :)

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Pilar July 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

I’m a self-proclaimed Roller-coaster junkie, living vicariously through your adventures. Thanks so much for your fun accounts!
BTW, as a former San Diegan I am compelled to tell you about a contest at the Giant Dipper where people rode the wooden ride for days, nay WEEKS on end with hardly a bathroom break, all to win (if memory serves me) a car! The contestants even had to sleep in the roller-coaster car!
But, I digress! Enjoy your tour, and I really am looking forward to learning what your top 10 ends up being!
Cheers!

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Karol July 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Pilar. I heard about that Giant Dipper extravaganza. It sounds intense. I wouldn’t have done it. :)

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George July 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

What a waste of time and money and no sponsor either. A little pathetic.. No one cares about your stupid tour.

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Karol July 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I usually wouldn’t approve a comment like yours, but I wanted to highlight what a fascinating specimen of the human race you are George. ;)

Love always,
Karol

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Rhonda July 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

That’s a really cool water bottle! I’ve never seen those before, but I think I might get one.

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Karol July 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Yeah, I’ve been traveling with it for about a year. I forget about it because it folds up into a side pocket on my backpack. :)

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GrumpyFan July 4, 2011 at 12:12 am

I always find it interesting, in this case hilarious, when people like George post such negative, condescending comments, especially when the commenter contradicts themselves with their own words. He said, “No one cares about your stupid tour” and yet he obviously took the time to look in and see what this was about, then comment on it. That’s just funny to me.

Hopefully, you can keep up this “stupid tour”, as I’m sure many, like myself, are living vicariously thru you whilst you follow your dream across the country riding as many coasters as you can. Keep going, and keep pursuing your dream, and know that you’re an inspiration to many, unlike George.

GrumpyFan

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Karol July 4, 2011 at 1:07 am

Thanks GrumpyFan. I’m hoping I can start the tour back up soon, but I’m definitely not going to rush into it at this point.

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Kristin July 4, 2011 at 10:56 pm

AGH! Man. That would never have happened if Jimmy were there. He would have kept you well hydrated. Glad you survived – still worried that your brain will turn into a scrambled egg before this is over… : )

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Karol July 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

haha, yes Jimmy would’ve hooked it up! :) Brain won’t turn into a scrambled egg because it’s already pretty much over.

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Scott March 12, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Karol,

I once went to Cedar Point on a pre-opening weekend. Nobody was there! Rode all of the major coasters before noon…..and was totally wiped out! Took a break for awhile and hit a few of them again later in the afternoon, but my coaster riding hasn’t been the same since. Still love to ride them, just have to take big breaks in between now!

Now off to read about the rest of your tour!

Scott

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