The Cyclone Rollercoaster, Coney Island, Brooklyn

I live in Coney Island, and it takes me five minutes to walk my way to the famous Astroland amusement park and all the other vendors and rides in the area.  I took that five minute walk yesterday, after finding out that the world-renowned Cyclone roller coaster had its grand opening yesterday. I paid the eight dollar fare for the one minute, fifty second ride with a smile on my face. I was about to ride history! It was the fastest roller coaster in the world from 1927 through the next 45 years. It is one of the oldest roller coasters, and no doubt the world’s most famous. I went around the white chain-link maze that takes you to the platform. The coaster pulled up, and my friend, Caleb, and I got into the seat second from the front. If I hadn’t recently lost ten pounds, I would have needed a shoehorn to fit in that tight car. We dropped the bar down, and within seconds we were off. What a ride! If you had not heard that this coaster was built out of wood in 1927 prior to getting on the ride, you knew it as soon as you climbed the first incline. We creaked our way up, reached the summit, and then plummeted down the first drop. Upon reaching the bottom, we went around a hairpin turn where I was sure that the laws of physics, particularly centrifugal force, was going to make me fly out of the car and get clothes-lined on a support beam. After that initial scare, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I was yelling with the rest of them, holding my arms up on each drop. When that 110 second ride was over, I got off with a huge smile on my face. I felt that I had just lost my virginity. We went around after that, toured the boardwalk, rode the Wonder Wheel, and everywhere I went the rest of the night, I could not stop cheesing!

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