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The Lightning Rod Rollercoaster at Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

By the time you reach this twisted negative-g filled ending your body will have been slammed down, ejected upward and thrown to the left and whipped to the right.

The Lightning Rod Rollercoaster at Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

It is a truly brutal ride and that is why both Bond and I were all grins by the time it was through with us.  I really like these action shots as Lightning Rod is barreling down the side of the hill because of all of the multitude of expressions.  You have terror, joy, rebellion, astonishment and a bunch of other expressions coming out in each riders face.

The Lightning Rod Rollercoaster at Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Part of the reason that amusement parks and especially coasters are so needed is that we all need from time to time some sort of cathartic emotional release in order to remain healthy human beings.  Some people go to movies for it, others get into sports or you can pull down that lap bar and give yourself over to a ride that will push you to the limits of what a human body can endure to get the adrenaline pumping and remind you how awesome it is to be alive.

Lightning Rod certainly fills that need.

The Lightning Rod Rollercoaster at Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Lightning Rod doesn't quit after violently throwing your body against the lap bar over and over as it heads down the hill.

The Lightning Rod Rollercoaster at Dollywood Theme Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

There is still this wickedly spiraling turn before the drop to the brake run to go as if you have not been slammed into the side of the car enough.



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