My mom and I took the boys (aka the four crazies), back to Carowinds last week. We all rode the log ride, and then we split up briefly. She took the little ones to Boomerang Bay (water park) to save us some chairs for later, and I took the older ones to ride the Hurler.
The Hurler wasn't open yet, but the Carolina Cyclone was. I talked the boys into riding it with me. As we are waiting, W goes, but mom.... how can you ride this.... it flips allot. I assured him that I rode this numerous times as a teenager and was fine.
Well, when it came time for us to get into the seats I felt like I was having a mini-panic attack. To make matters worse, they don't just pull on your headrest any more and go. EACH teenager working the ride must give the thumbs up. Then the ride operator says, " Bob is a GO, Sara is a GO, Fred is a GO". (By now I am wondering how on earth this crappy seat-belt is going to hold me safely in this tiny car when we go upside down. Breathing became sporadic. ) "The CAROLINA CYCLONE is a GO, enjoy the ride and thank-you for coming to Carowinds!" What..... I'm not ready, I wanted to get out, I changed my mind, I was thinking. Then I shouted to the boys to make sure their seat-belts and headrests were tight. We were off.
Everything was great until the first loop. I may or may not have screamed. Okay... I screamed.... allot. W was sitting with me and started laughing hysterically. The second loop began. L threw his hands in the air, and I shouted, "Show-off", and HE began to laugh hysterically. The sympathy wasn't there, to say the least. The loops were over and I was getting slightly disoriented. But I was okay. THEN the twists started. They are like a corkscrew. TWO series off them. I held my head between my hands tightly, and closed my eyes. Big mistake. The world was flipping around. When did this thing get so long? Roller-coasters used to seem so short.
When the ride finally ended, I was borderline Vertigo challenged. The kids were hysterical over my reaction. Needless to say, I won't be riding that ever again in my adult life. I got lucky and after we started walking the Vertigo headache went away. We followed the Cyclone with some great coasters that don't go upside down. The Hurler and Ricochet. I STILL check the stupid seat restraints fifty-eight times before we start. Is that an adult thing.... or just me?