On Friday, my friend asked me if I wanted to come along with her to Thorpe Park (a rollercoaster-filled park, if you're not aware) and I was like 'I hate heights! Yes!' So, free tickets in our paws, we met outside the park and toddled on in.
I decided to fight my fears.
In addition, I met the saddest looking bear ever. In this photo I am fake-crying and banging my fist on the fence and saying 'why, why me?' to fit in with the bear's woeful face.
What an amazing picture to start the post on!
First we ate noodles and watched as it steadily began to rain, setting the tone for the rest of the day's weather. Then, we hit up Stealth.
I had decided to take a very Zen-like approach to my trip to the theme park. I am so scared of heights, I can't even climb a ladder. I wish I wasn't scared, but I am, so that's that. But instead of panicking and backing out, I just said 'this is out of my control, I am going on this thing, it is all safe and everything will be fine'. We queued up for 45 minutes or so, and after some careful counting I calculated the ride was actually only 15 seconds long. I can cope with that. Yes.
|(I've cropped my friend about as I'm not sure how she'd feel about me bandying her image about, but she is the red hoodie :))|
It was so very wet and rainy! The water soaked our shoes and went right through my (apparently) non waterproof jacket.
|Photo from Thorpe Park's website|
The pictures on the site don't really sum up just how high and fast it was. It was ridiculous. So eventually we got on the ride in the pouring rain and my hands were shaking like billy-o. My friend was so reassuring, and kept telling me how safe it was.
Then, 15 seconds later, it was done. I won't lie, as soon as the thing lurched off (no waiting around!) I screwed my eyes shut. So so scared! I can't really describe how it felt, as it was like nothing I've ever experienced. There was a lurch in my tummy as we climbed, then I knew we were at the top and so so high, then we came down. It was so quick and fast. Like flying, and very surreal.
I had an adreneline rush when it was done, and couldn't believe I had just been up that thing. 0-80mph in under 2 seconds! 205 feet high! Mental.
The rain was really coming down, so we went to an indoor roller coaster. On this one I even managed to wave my arms around a bit, and do some screaming.
We were going to go on Swarm, a new ride, but I chickened out. We walked underneath a bit, and it looked so high. The wagon (cart? car? seats? what is the word for the thing you sit in on a rollercoaster?) stopped right at the top, and I just couldn't handle the thought of it. So we tried Nemesis Inferno instead, and I did it!
|Image from Thorpe Park's website. (Love the dude's matching hat and trackie jacket!)|
OK, so I suck at describing rollercoasters. Not my forte.
We actually only went on three rides, and were there from about 12.30 until 4. We could have stayed for another, but by then we were wet and cold, so called it a day to finish on a high.
Would I go back to Thorpe Park? Perhaps, but I wouldn't go out of my way to. It was a bit of a spur of the moment trip, and I'd never have gone if my friend hadn't offered me free tickets. Even on a rainy weekday in October the queues were 45 minutes for the big rides, I can't even imagine how awful they'd be on a busier day! I am just not patient enough, or a big enough ride fan, to line up for so long. The non-ride attractions were nothing special, the food was overpriced and pretty dull, and the park itself wasn't especially big or nice-looking.
But, I had a fab time. Great company, and I did something new and frightening, and survived!
Do you like scary rides? What's the biggest you've been on?