Coheed and Cambria fucking rocked.
Let me just be clear here. They played the rock and roll music for us and it was really, really good.
Tricia and I hit up Lawrence around 6ish and got some yummy Greek food at Mad Greek, which is always great. There were supposed to be three opening bands for the show and it was supposed to start at 6. Seasoned rock and roll concert veterans that we are we were all like “6, sha, no one starts at 6”. They did. So by time we got to the venue one of the bands was done, one was almost done and one was to come. We saw the last few minutes of Dredg who turned out to be really awesome. We both bought their CD. And then we saw Blood Brothers. I thought they were pretty much unbearable and spent most of their show getting us beers and Tricia thought their music sucked but she was so amused by the weird ass singers that she had fun.
So then Coheed and Cambria came on and, as I mentioned, they were good. They played a few of the songs I wanted to hear, Delerium Trigger being my favorite and missed a few like Time Consumer but the show was just incredible. I spent most of the time staring at Claudio’s left hand. Dude can play some freakin’ guitar. We sat in the balcony in the second or third row and our view was perfect. I had originally intended to go down to the pit for Coheed but the view was so great and we were so comfy we just stayed put. Awesome.
I want to live where soul meets body
And let the sun wrap its arms around me
One nice thing about the show being at 6pm was that I was in bed by like midnight. We had to be at the Amtrak station for our train at 7:45am so that worked out well. The train was leaving from Union Station so we made our way down there and everything went pretty smooth. This was the first train ride for both of us and speaking for myself, it was great. From Kansas City to Chicago was smooth, quiet and relaxing. Nice scenery too. Unfortunately in Chicago it all went to hell. Our train from Chicago to Sandusky was delayed and delayed and delayed. We ended up leaving Chicago about 2.5 hours late. Then we sat on the tracks for about 45 minutes soon after leaving and then we sat in Toledo for an hour waiting for a freight train to pass. So we finally ended up getting to Sandusky at around 5:15am local time. Ouch.
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
And feel, feel what its like to be new
It also turned out that the hotel people had lied to me and there were not cabs lined up to take us to our destination. I saw one cab sitting there with a guy in the back and I ran up and knocked on the window. Turns out the guy in the back had called several different cab companies and finally gotten one out. I asked if we could share the cab and we had a ride.
Cause in my head there’s a greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
The hotel was lame, but it did the job. So I guess I can recommend the Comfort Inn – Sandusky if you want a cheap but decent hotel. James told me it was “decent, nothing special” and I guess I’ll stick with that description but maybe add that by nothing special I mean really nothing at all special at all. And some of the towels had dead bugs stuck to them. And the hair dryer didn’t work. Oh, and I guess there was piss down the wall in the bathroom. Not bad aside from that though. Except the shuttle driver.
So they may have a chance of finding a place
where they’re far more suited than here
Let me tell you about Leroy. Leroy drives the free shuttle from the Comfort Inn (and all the other hotels that the owner owns) to Cedar Point. On Saturday morning when we we got up I called the front desk and they said Leroy would start the shuttle service at 11am and then every 45 minutes to an hour after that. So I planned for us to get downstairs, get some food and be ready to go by 11:45. Which we were. Leroy showed up around, oh, I’d say 1:15 or so? Maybe even a little later. So we finally pile into the shuttle and by now there are quite a few people waiting. All the seats are filled minus one. So we start heading towards Cedar Point and Leroy gets on the phone. Leroy talks to several different people and then he starts.
I cannot guess what we’ll discover
We turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
Leroy thought he was the king of comedy. Leroy said “So, how many of you like going around in circles?!” and everyone is like “YEA!!!” cause we’re headed for a damn amusement park. Leroy says “Good! Cause we’re going to circle around and go back to some other hotels!” and we’re all like “What?” So then Leroy tells us in this condescending, holier than thou tone that the owner of the hotel we’re staying at owns all these other hotels and the owner says we’re going to pick more people up. In the already full bus. That is already 1.5 hours late. When I eventually made some smartass comment to Leroy he responded with “That’s why it’s a free shuttle.” Touche Leroy, touche.
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s
And not one speck will remain
There was more, and that fucker pissed me off so much that I seriously considered jerking the wheel to end the misery but that’s enough bitching. This post should be about fun!
Okay, so we eventually got to Cedar Point and man, it’s cool. One thing I hadn’t realized was that it was called Cedar Point because it was on a point. I had been saying to everyone “It’s on a peninsula” but I guess that’s what a point is, huh? Hey, words! So yea, it’s surrounded on three sides by a very large amount of lake. The weather was miserable on Saturday. Rainy and cold but we had rides to ride. We paid the money, dodged the inevitable photographer and got in the line of the damned.
I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
The line for the Raptor, one of the roller coasters, ended up taking about an hour fifteen to navigate but as soon as the ride ended we were both stoked and smiling and thought it was worth the wait. That day we also rode Millenium Force, which was incredible. It’s a pretty basic steel coaster, no loops, not many tricks but with a first hill that makes you want to ride it again and again and again. It’s awesome. We ended up riding that one three times over the weekend. That day we also rode the Cedar Creek Mine Ride, The Corkscrew, Disaster Transport, Iron Dragon, Mean Streak and a few random “normal” rides. We did the “Push down” version of the Power Tower, which is like the Detonator at Worlds of Fun or the thing on top of the Stratosphere in Vegas. In those versions you sit in this thing on the ground and get launched straight up really fast. Cedar Point had that but they also had a version that took you up slowly and then launched you at the ground under force. Scary as hell.
Leroy took us back to the hotel. Eventually. Fucker.
Sunday the weather looked like it was going to be bad again, but it turned out to be pretty nice. Still chilly but the rain stayed mostly away and we even saw the sun a few times. I forget which order we did things in, and it’s not really important, but we rode Millenium Force two more times, Wicked Twister which kicked ass and finally the Top Thrill Dragster.
Good God, that thing is insane. Top Thrill Dragster launches you from 0 to 120 MPH in about 3 seconds then straight up, and I really mean straight, not almost straight or 80 degrees but straight up. Straight up 420 feet, hairpin turn that you barely make it over and then straight back down with a twist. That’s the entire ride but man it’s worth it. The acceleration is completely unheard of. After the first second you are like “Okay, we’re done speeding up now. People can’t go this fast” and it just keeps getting faster and faster. And then you crest that hill and it’s all “OH SHIT, OH SHIT, OH SHIT” and then the laughing and cheering and checking to see if you still have all your parts.
Interesting fact: The entire hill, up and down is unassisted and sometimes I guess they miscalculate the weight or whatever and the train doesn’t make it over! It comes back down backwards and they try it again. Maybe they swap a fattie for a little girl or something. I don’t know. It happened at least once on Sunday.
We also polished off the rest of the coasters we missed and rode Max Air, which was really fun. And Demon Drop which was a blast and brought back the ol memories. Oh, and we ate every single thing the park had to offer. You may think you can’t survive on Giant Elephant Ears, Mini Corn Dogs, Dippin’ Dots and hot wings but you are wrong.
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So we rode pretty much everything the park had to offer and several of the good things twice. The lines were long, but tolerable and in fact on Sunday there were a few rides we walked right on to without waiting. All in all, I’d love to go back. It was a blast.
Monday we got up at 2:45am. The train was due to leave at 4:30am. Nice, huh? Nothing much to report. We made it to Chicago and had about 5 hours to blow. We covered most of the shopping district, had pizza at Giordano’s, went to the top of the Sears Tower and basically had a good time exploring downtown Chicago. I love it there. I really do.
The trip back was uneventful, and happily, on time. Back to reality…
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere