We've made it all the way across the country on our virtual roadtrip! I so wish that I could get out on the road and do this trip for real right now. There's no better "social distancing" than getting behind the wheel and driving solo, after all. Alas, many locations have banned nonessential travel, so virtual trips will be the only ones we take for now.
But that can't stop me from imagining being on the road. Load up the car with food and hit a takeout window now and then. Sleep in the back. We're all good... except for the whole "where to go to the bathroom" thing. I've got an electric car now, so I don't stop at gas stations (and some are closing their restrooms to the public anyway). With restaurants and coffee spots closing their dining rooms, that means my preferred bathroom stops are inaccessible. Of course, long-haul truckers find places to go, so I suppose I could, too. But I think I'm losing the thread of this entire exercise, so let's skip the urological logistics and get back to the roller coasters.
After leaving Cedar Point, we've got a six-hour pretend drive from the Lake Erie coast, bypassing Cleveland and Pittsburgh, then over the Appalachians on our way to Hersheypark.
By the time we all can make this trip IRL, the new Bolliger & Mabillard hyper Candymonium should be open, along with the new Hershey's Chocolatetown entrance to the park. For now, though, we'll start our virtual visit with a video ride on my favorite current coaster in Hersheypark, GCI's racing woodie, Lightning Racer.
I also love the inversions on the Intamin accelerator Storm Runner.
Fellow Intamin coaster Fahrenheit also features plenty of tasty inversions.
And then there's Thigh Crush, er, Skyrush... which has its fans.
Opening in 1975 as the "sequel" to Kings Island, Kings Dominion offers two our our top 50 coasters worldwide, making this a must-stop destination on our trip. Let's start with RMC's Twisted Timbers.
And wrap our quick visit with the Intamin giga Intimidator 305.
It's just an hour or so down the road now to our final stop on this leg, Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
We'll continue "The Russell Meyer Show" with video rides on four of the park's newest coasters, starting with GCI's InvadR...
Followed by the Premier Rides Sky Rocky II, Tempesto...
Then Zierer's Verbolten...
And the B&M dive Griffon.
Let's complete the line-up with our top-rated coaster at the park, Apollo's Chariot...
The B&M inverted Alpengeist...
And my personal favorite - the first "upside down" coaster I ever rode, the iconic Loch Ness Monster.
I know that this is a theme park roadtrip, but I won't be able to resist taking a day or two to visit Colonial Williamsburg and the rest of the attractions in the area, which along with BGW, make this one of my favorite parts of the country to visit.
Theme Park Insider's Virtual Roadtrip:
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