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In Which Tour Goes On Hiatus and I Get Another Idiotic Comment

by Karol on July 2, 2011

I’m not well.

I severely downplayed what happened at Six Flags Over Texas due to ego and not wanting to scare my family/friends who read this site.

Driving from Arlington, TX to Hot Springs, AR a few days ago took me ~8 hours when it’s only a 4-5 hour drive. I had to stop regularly and felt like I was going to vomit most of the trip. I didn’t want to eat anything because everything made me feel sick to my stomach. It wasn’t until yesterday that that feeling went away. If you’ve ever been hungover that’s almost exactly how I felt.

The truth is, after reading more about the definition of a blackout, that is exactly what I experienced. Three instances of blackout within a very short period of time. (Although technically, the third instance may be considered greyout based on what I’ve read.) That said, I don’t know that blackout is all that happened because a lot of my symptoms (nausea, non-stop headaches, soreness) are similar to concussion. I’m not exactly sure how I could’ve gotten a concussion, but I can see it as a possibility. A lot of people will tell me to go to a Doctor, but do you know what a Doctor prescribes for concussion? Rest. Which is exactly what I’m doing by putting tour on hiatus.

Photo: Humongous Shuttlecock at the Kansas City Art Museum

I haven’t been to the past 3 scheduled parks. I’m currently in Kansas City hanging with Jonathan and tomorrow I’m heading to St Louis. I probably won’t go to Six Flags St Louis on Monday, but I’ll be in the area. Maybe they’ll have fun fireworks for the Independence Day celebrations.

What I’ve basically been doing is traveling along my scheduled route and hoping I feel well enough to go to a park. I haven’t felt well enough to do so yet and I’m sad to say that the near future doesn’t look bright as far as tour goes.

Maybe you’d think I’d just stay in one city until I felt better so I could continue the tour where the tour stopped (which would be Hot Springs, AR). Seeing one shirtless dude with a KKK chest tattoo is enough to make me want to leave Arkansas and never go back. So I’ll cross the “what to do about the parks I missed” bridge when the time comes.

I have been feeling better, which is great, but I’m not going to risk my long-term health because of my foolish ego or pride or [insert rationalization here]. So, as long as I continue feeling a little bit better I’ll continue traveling along my scheduled route and meeting up with friends or doing whatever else. If I start feeling worse I’ll reconsider my plans.

EDIT: I decided to stop in one city. Being on the road was not restful. 

What Does The Future Hold?

I don’t know. I’m not a psychic. ;)

George’s Idiot Comment

I don’t usually approve comments like this one, but sometimes I get in a good mood:

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

It takes a special kind of person to bother posting a comment about my “pathetic, waste of time/money, stupid tour.” To be honest, I get a lot of these types of comments but I never approve them. They don’t affect me because, well, come on, it’s the Internet. If my Mom said I was pathetic I’d probably cry, but George can call me whatever he wants.

Alright, you probably won’t hear from me for a while, but don’t fret. I’m just out living life and trying not to feel it too hard. ;)

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

James Salmond July 2, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Karol,

I am sorry to hear that you are going through a bad patch. While I think it is a fantastic journey that you are on, I guess your body is “reacting” to all the thrills that you have experienced. I hope you feel better and that you will be able to ride the rails again soon. I have enjoyed reading your posts and I have been reminiscing about my own attempts to ride coasters across the country a few years ago. This is truly a trip of a lifetime that you will leave you with memories that you will cherish forever. The “Georges” of the internet can only be envious because they do not have the courage or competence to follow their own dreams.

Pay no attention to the peanut gallery, Karol.

Be safe and good luck!!!

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Karol July 3, 2011 at 12:31 am

Thanks James. I hope I can ride the rails again soon as well! :)

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Rhonda July 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s hilarious that “George” is so concerned with the fact you don’t have a sponsor (what difference does that make?), and the fact he signed his name, lol. You will need to see a doctor, however, if you already bought your Abu Dhabi flight because you’d probably need a doctor’s note (saying you can’t travel) to cancel it. Concussions are scary and I hope you go back to “normal.”

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Karol July 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks, I hope I go back to “normal” as well! :)

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Tad4irsh July 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Do NOT kill yourself over this trip!

I have loved reading your posts and discovering your other websites, reading your inspirational messages and advice.

Take all the time you need and let us know what you are doing instead but I am certain you will find inspiration along the way.
BTW – I agree…keep the schedule as far as travel goes…and just think…what you skip gives you a goal for your next trip…or at least something we might improve on when we plan our own trips!

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Karol July 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Thanks Tad4irsh. I definitely don’t plan on killing myself over this trip. :)

I appreciate your support!

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GrumpyFan July 4, 2011 at 12:00 am

Karol,

So sorry to hear of your injury. Hopefully, you’ll be able to recuperate quickly and get back to riding coasters soon. As for George and others like him, forget about it. Don’t let the naysayers kill your dream. There will always be people such as him in life who, in their own misery, and failure to live out their dreams think it necessary to rain on others’ dreams and burst there bubbles.

GrumpyFan

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Karol July 4, 2011 at 1:06 am

Thanks GrumpyFan. No worries, George is a really tame example actually. I wasn’t pointing him out to get sympathy or anything like that. I was simply pointing it out because it’s silly. :)

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Tad4irsh July 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Your injury or illness got me to thinking…I know there is a lot of talk about concussions in sports from sudden impacts and all….I wonder if the cumulitave effect of rollercoasters, a lot of head banging around, an almost whiplash like effect in some cases, can “add up” to a concussion under the right circumstances…I wonder how people felt after days on end on the Big Dipper after that contest???

maybe you should donate your brain to science after this adventure? :) hang in there hope you are enjoying your 4th of July sans rollercoasters!!!

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Karol July 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I’m donating my whole body to science. As my friend Matt says “For science!” :)

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Scott July 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

Karol, I am sorry to hear about your injury! My guess is that it was really from the Rattler and you just did not notice it until the next day. :p I hope that you are feeling better soon!

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Karol July 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Thanks Scott. Nope, wasn’t the Rattler. :)

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Shannon July 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Man, this stinks! I also felt light-headed when you did but since I’ve been on those same coasters many times, I just figured the heat had to be the reason. It appears that lots of other people have blacked out on the Titan too.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/reviews/six_flags_over_texas/accidents/

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Karol July 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I linked to that same themeparkinsider.com page on the Six Flags Over Texas article. :)

I was denying what I really felt that day, which is a dumb move. I shouldn’t have powered through. I’m actually heading to Michigan tomorrow for at least a week of rest. Continuing on the tour route isn’t very comfortable, even if I’m not going on coasters. Here’s to getting better! :)

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Jared July 6, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Dude, that sucks. I give you the most respect for putting yourself through all this. I could never do it. My recovery time between rides these days is too long. As for George’s comment, obviously people do care about your tour. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t follow you and leave comments. Duh, George.

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Karol July 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thanks Jared. I went from no recovery time between rides to ~2 weeks recovery time really quickly. :)

Hanging in Michigan right now. Today was the first day I’ve woken up without a headache. Progress!

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Tad4irsh July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

No Headache! Back on tour!

J/K hope you have a quick recovery and pick this back up soon.

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Meg July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Karol, as a fellow tall skinny person with a long neck, I can tell you that you can indeed get something similar to a concussion/whiplash from riding roller coasters. I experienced this after going on the Space Mountain ride at Disney World when they first opened it. You are right to listen to your body and rest a while. Be well.

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Karol July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Thanks Meg. :)

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Rosa July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Silly George, he is waisting his time posting comments like that! Feel better :)

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Karol July 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Rosa. I do feel better! :)

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Bob Casper July 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Be well!

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GTO July 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Karol –
Dude, hang in there! Feel so bad for you. Here in Pittsburgh we lost Sid the Kid to concussions midway through last season. We know how bad concussions can be in this city. Looking out for your health is #1. Glad you’re feeling better tho. The comment from George cracked me up! You’re absolutely right, this is the internet. People are miserable and jealous of others for going for their dreams. I admit my own jealousy of you chasing after your dreams too! How dare you! lol Even though the tour is on hiatus, I’d still like to know your schedule and what cities you’ll be passing through. Specifically, when are you scheduled for Kennywood in Pittsburgh (Duquesne)? Hang in there, bro. GTO

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Karol July 10, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Thanks GTO. I’m not scheduled for Kennywood, or any park for that matter. I’m not currently on the road.

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GTO July 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

Okay, thought you were still following the route, just not doing the coasters. I’ve enjoyed looking at your photos of the parks & the coasters. Even got the Little Orange Box app for my iPod. Maybe we’ll catch the Roller Coaster Tour – and the Kennywood stop – next summer! Be well!

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Karol July 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Yeah, a few days after I wrote this article I decided to stop following the route and rest. Being on the road wasn’t restful.

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Brian July 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

Glad to see your feeling better. I have really enjoyed following your trip so far. I hope one day I can take a long road trip and hit up the parks I have never been able to visit.

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Karol July 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Thanks Brian. :)

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Dan Robotic October 24, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hi,

I have to say, I never read blogs, cant stnad them, but I have sat here for the last hour reading yours (probably due to the fact I like rollercoasters) Well done for trip, and thanks for the blog about how (not) to get sponsors, it was an eye opener as Im currently looking for one.
Dont die Roller coasting… ther’re fun. but not to die for…
All the best from the UK!

Dan Robotic

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