Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Didn't Want To Do It

Clint helping me off the Wild Eagle Winged Roller Coaster
Ride at Dollywood.

"The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida."  Never will I forget this first sentence of one of my favorite short stories, Flannery O'Conner's A Good Man is Hard to Find.  This grandmother's lament came to mind for me yesterday when for days Clint knew I didn't want to ride a roller coaster.  I am not talking about just any old run-of-the mill roller coaster, I am talking about the new Wild Eagle Winged Roller Coaster which debuted in March at Dollywood, the first winged roller coaster in America.  My husband Clint loves roller coasters!

The last roller coaster I rode about ten years ago, the New York, New
York coaster in Las Vegas.  Clint strongly "encouraged" me to ride
this one, too.

Drawing of the new Wild Eagle Winged Roller Coaster at Dollywood.

Thursday was the big day and I was excited and psyched up.  My how the mighty fall!  I had read about the inversions and the 4G force and the requirement that the ride was "appropriate for only the most healthy and physically able riders".  I walk two miles daily and rarely miss a day at the gym.  I figured for my age I was in good shape.  All I remember was totally losing it when the "drop" began and I blinked and never opened my eyes until the thing stopped. It was all I could do to keep breathing and stay alive!  I ended up with motion sickness and felt poorly for hours afterwards. I still wonder about the couple in line who appeared to be in at least their mid 70s and not in the best shape. Yes, I am glad I rode it and had the experience but there are times I need to remind myself, "Cindy, you are not twenty-one anymore, you are not twenty-one anymore ...

Anyone out there brave enough to go on a virtual Wild Eagle ride?



Clint said...

Ha. You left out the part where you "hurled" breakfast and the riders seated behind you got to enjoy your bacon and eggs. Well, at least now you can brag that you DID conquer the Wild Eagle. They can't take that away from you. Well done!

Cindy Ellison said...

Oh Clint, no I did not "hurl" any breakfast, I might have felt better if I had been able to do it. (he's kiddin' folks! ;~D) News Flash! It had escaped me that Clint does not do ferris wheels, I had forgotten all about this. Look out Clint, you might be saying "I didn't want to do it" when I try to get you on the Sky Wheel at Myrtle Beach the next time we are there! Jus' kiddin' (kinda), this all reminds me of how you don't "do" spiders and I don't "do" snakes ... a perfect team. he he

Clint said...

There is no way in H I'm gettin' on a ferris wheel. I'll gladly put you on the thing and wait patiently for your return to terra firma.

Carol Blackburn said...

Cindy, you are much braver than I am. I like my feet firmly on the ground.

Emma said...

Cindy, I can totally see where you're coming from! The biggest rollercoster I've been on was in Euro Disney in Paris and for someone who gets motion sick after 5 minutes in a car, it was a challenge, but I have to say I did love it, and thank goodness I didn't feel ill, I think if I did it'd be a different story!

Emma x

Nova said... made the ride in Las Vegas :-O

Here on Tenerife there are no rollercoster, only some strange things in a waterpark. I didn't go there, yet...

Beautiful sunday and greetings

Shelly said...

I'd have to be strapped in comatose before I could ride any coaster. You are brave~