This past weekend I was moving from Orlando to Texas for the fall semester, so I was finally able to hit up some rare parks long the Gulf Coast/I-10 and get 6 new coasters! I'll just go ahead and move along to the pictures to tell the journey! All photos are iPhone so excuse the quality.
Here is a POV of Cannonball Run, a rarely seen CCI coaster!
First leg of the journey! Orlando to Gulf Shores Alabama.
The stretch of I-10 along the Florida panhandle is the most boring 300 mile stretch of highway on Earth. However this sign for Buc-ees outside Tallahassee is hilarious! And only like 15 minutes from my exit in Texas.
Approaching the Florida-Alabama border along the gulf.
Welcome to Gulf Shores, Alabama.
ooh look, a roller coaster!
But why is no one here???
At least it looks nice...
After finding 7 park staff inside, the sold me a ticket and I walked up and over the station to find the ride entrance.
The waterpark was closed on Friday, so the park was empty.
I was literally the only paying guest inside the park.
The ride itself was okay. It's an older CCI so I didn't expect much anyways. A little shaky but overall smooth and kinda floaty.
Looking back towards the lift and empty parking lot. Anyways yay for coaster #525!
Just outside Gulf Shores, on the road back to I-10, is the third Lambert's Cafe! (The other two are in MO and always featured on TPR trips!)
The rolls are magical. And they throw them at you.
I went for plain chicken fried stake with corn and peaches and grabbed some of the walk-around fried okra! Yum!
Approaching Mobile Alabama, which would be my stop for the night.
The next morning, I hopped back on I-10 to continue east. What is that in the distance?
Hey looks, it's abandoned Six Flags New Orleans!
Of course I had to exit. I like how there is still a road sign.
Park entrance is all closed up. Amazing how the sign letters are still there 8 years later.
Culture credit? lol
The bus entrance on the side has weathered a little bit better.
This gate gives the best view of the abandoned park inside.
And the third and final gate appears to be the access point for the company responsible for the property. Maybe I should call these guys for a tour on my way back...
And I think this is where all of those sneaky people have entered.
Anyways, moving on to New Orleans!
I stopped in the French Quarter and this is the first thing I saw.
Culture credit #2. I don't even know what this is.
My mom told me to stop at Cafe Du Monde, so I did!
For 2.65, you get this magical bag filled with 3...
...yummy beignets! Can't go wrong with friend dough and powdered sugar.
The culture around the French Quarter is just amazing. Brass players and voodoo crap everywhere. Wanna get your palm read? Go here!
Bourbon Street was getting ready for the gay Mardi Gras (little did I know)
Good to know!
Looking down Bourbon St. towards down town. It was early so it wasn't busy yet.
However it started to get busier around lunch so I got the heck out. If you look close enough there are even rainbow boobs in the background ;)
Next stop was Dixie Landin' and Blue Bayou in Baton Rouge! This park has a weird schedule and I've missed it every time during the drive.
You park across the street and take this bridge to the park.
View of the park from the bridge.
First coaster at the bottom is Roco Loco, which came from California.
It is one of the larger Miler coasters. I was also the only person riding!
The park's shot tower has a nice theme.
2nd coaster was the spinner, XTREM. It is the one that killed a woman, so they only allow people per car and you must ride as 2. No single riders allowed. So I had to borrow a swamp creature for my ride.
Boomerang wasn't open yet (the park opened at 2 and this was taken at 2:30pm)
But a few minutes later I was let on!
I do like Boomerangs that let you drop inside a tight hole.
View of the spinner and flats from above.
As much as Boomerangs can suck, this one was actually really good.
Just a friendly reminder...the park's clientel was pretty awful.
The waterpark is the big draw here, and it's pretty nice.
They even have 4 of the "looping" water slides!
The Galaxy was closed still, but I decided to wait it out. Mechanics finally showed up around 3:30pm.
Is that an operator coming???
Success! After waiting 90 minutes (I know, I'm a loser) the Galaxy finally opened around 5pm.
This was actually really fun! My favorite ride in the park. It ran great!
View from the Galaxy. This was a very interesting park, but glad I finally got the 4 credits!
I then made the 4.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge to the Houston area. I had to pass by Kemah, so I stopped for a ride on Boardwalk Bullet.
It was running really good actually! Gotta give the park some credit.
With 2 trains, there was no line on this Saturday night (max 2 train wait)
This is definitely a back seat ride.
And fast forward another 30 minutes...and I arrived at Galveston Historic Pleasure Pier!
The park looks incredible at night!
Time for Iron Shark.
The first drop was OMFG amazing. Especially with only lapbars. I was flying out ;)
The ride is really twisty.
And had no line, even though it was Saturday and the pier was packed. They were running 2 cars.
Love how it hangs over the pier.
The "loop" at the end is very strange! But a cool way to fly into the brakes.
View of Galveston from the pier. This place has come a long way since Hurricane Ike destroyed it.
Iron Shark overview.
I heard the star flyer was terrifying, but after driving all day I was super tired and wanted to get to my hotel.
...but I went for one more ride on Iron Shark.
It really was really good. But I guess some of the trains can be bad?
Anyways, goodbye Pleasure Pier!
Fast forward another 200 miles and I have finally made it to San Antonio!
Iron Rattler is back open, so of course I had to come ride it.
A slight bummer to see one of the trains with the back car out of service.
View of the ride from the station.
New signs about the requirements for fitting on the ride.
It is running pretty quick!
While I much prefer Outlaw Run and NTAG, you still can't deny how unique this coaster is.
Cool angle of the barrel roll.
A train of riders goes screaming down the drop! Best part of the ride.
And one last shot. Good ending to a great little trip!
And I finally made it home in Texas to see my family and dogs. Hooray! Thanks for reading and post comments :)
And here is the overview! 1330 miles done!
Last edited by Jakizle on Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:09 pm.
larrygator wrote:I hated the drive from I-10 down to Gulf Shores.
Yeah, it sucks going through all those towns. It's why I never made the trip down before because I was always with my dad and no way he was putting up with that. The worse part was going from 110 in Pensacola to Gulf Shores, though. Luckily I didn't hit any traffic this entire trip though even with it being Labor Day weekend. The gulf shore was deserted...
Nice TR of I-10. Iron Shark looks really nice at night.
The stretch of I-10 along the Florida panhandle is the most boring 300 mile stretch of highway on Earth.
I can name a 300 mile stretch of I-5 in Central California that probably has this beat.
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