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Tired of the mundane and craving an adventure, on Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, I embarked on the ultimate American road trip through all fifty states. After nearly a year and a half on the road, on a budget of less than 50 bucks a day, this is my story...

Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio

Monday, August 2, 2010

This morning I wanted a shower, so I went to the Bally's Total Fitness down the road. I walked in, stated I forgot my one-week trial pass, marked the sign-in sheet, and entered the locker room. Piece of cake. Then, upon inspecting my gym bag, I saw I forgot my towel. Sigh. I took my shower, and dried myself off in a stall in the bathroom with paper towels! Whatever works, lol!

Then I pulled up to Starbucks, hooray for receiving wifi from the parking lot, and checked my email and such. Then I was off to Cedar Point, " The Roller Coaster Capital of the World," woo-hoo!

When I arrived at Cedar Point I asked if they had a student or AAA discount. They said there is a AAA discount, but the ticket needs to be purchased from AAA. Good to know! I called up the nearest office and they said the discount is $10 off. Glad I called! It was only a few miles away; I got my ticket and went back to Cedar Point with the discounted ticket - another added bonus was that I was able to skip the long ticket lines and go right to the admission gate with my ticket =)

Even on a Monday, I experienced waiting in long lines, the longest took nearly two hours! Bring a book, lol! One of the great things about the lines though, the parts that weren't in the shade had mister fans, that would mist cool water on you =)

I went on every "aggressive thrill" rated coaster they offer, my favorites being Top Thrill Dragster - "a behemoth, standing 420 feet above the Cedar Point midways. It opened as the tallest and fastest coaster in the world back in 2003 (watch video here), and Millenium Force - "the park's star attraction, standing 310 feet above the Earth. It broke 10 world records when it opened in 2000 and continues to deliver ultimate thrills to those who challenge it. Dive to the ground at an 80-degree angle and reach speeds of 93 mph during your two-minute journey (watch video here)." My favorite "agressive thrill" rated, non-coaster ride is maXair, which "provides the amazing sensation of airtime. 50 riders strap in with their feet dangling below as the giant ring they're seated in starts to spin. Then, the ring is set into a pendulum motion, reaching a height of 140 feet!"

I stayed 'til the park closed. I did the Giant Ferris Wheel last, which made me and the rest of the riders the last ones out of the park. We all watched as the other rides closed down, and the parking lot emptied out =)

I slept in my car in the parking lot of a nearby hotel. I'm really getting the hang of this =)


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