October 19. 2007
Sometime during the winter of 2006/2007 Greg announced on the Negative-G
Forums that he had to go ride the Boardwalk Bullet down in Texas and
wanted to know who was interested in joining him for an extreme road trip.
It was extreme as we'd leave St. Louis on a Thursday, drive down all night
to the Houston area to spend the day at Kemah riding the Boardwalk Bullet
and then go up to Six Flags Over Texas the next Day and then hit Magic Springs
in Arkansas on the way back. As crazy as the whole trip sounded
I was so in.
So after working all night long, getting Bond off to school, packing up,
having lunch with Carrie and then driving to St. Louis I should have been
so exhausted that I'd sleep through the twelve hour drive down to Houston.
Well after meeting up at Greg's house with Kevin and hitting the road there
was no sleep for me. This was the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas
all rolled up into one big coaster filled weekend so why sleep?
On the way down we of course chatted coasters, listened to music (including
my mix-CD of Texas tunes) and watched National Lampoon's Vacation.
When we planned the trip we figured if we left St. Louis when we did we'd
get to the Houston area around 5am. Since the Kemah Boardwalk wouldn't
open up until 10 I asked if the guys wanted to one of my favorite hang outs
when I lived in Houston back in the late 1980's. So we headed on down
to Galveston island and lick had it we got there just in time to see the
sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico.
Watching the sky go from pitch black to being full of light of from
a rising sun over the surf and sand really was a fantastic way to start
off the weekend.
After a while walking around we grabbed some breakfast from an IHOP right
on the beach then drove around Galveston for a while before heading up to
Kemah to watch the sun rise a bit higher over the Boardwalk Bullet.