Coast-to-Coast Coastering

I had offered to drive my friend Mike Berman's car from New Jersey to his new house in California, and he took me up on it. So in the course of 8 days I drove his Saturn station wagon almost 4,000 miles, visited 10 amusement parks, rode 30 new roller coasters, visited 2 National Parks, and drove 1,000 miles in a single day. I scanned over 100 photos from the trip for this web report.

A little bit about me in regards to roller coasters - prior to this trip I'd ridden 201 roller coasters, so I consider myself somewhat seasoned. I have definite opinions about what I like and what I don't. I like coasters that are fun and can be re-ridden over and over again without long-lasting ill effects. Among my favorite wooden coasters are the Phoenix, the Comet, the Raven, the Wildcat and the Blue Streak at Conneaut Lake. I love airtime, good pacing and good atmosphere. In steel coasters I also crave airtime, and while I'm not averse to loops they're not that compelling. I had high hopes for some of the new-for-2000 coasters out there, and my opinions can be found on the pages that follow.

All of the photos on this trip were taken with a Yashica T4 Super point-and-shoot camera. I normally travel with an arsenal of 35mm and medium format cameras, but I wanted to see what it was like to travel light. I also wanted to see just how good a decent point-and-shoot can be. Turns out they can be pretty good, if you take into account their limitations. Film was exclusively Fuji Superia 400.

Day One, New Jersey to Ohio (685 miles)

Day Five, Colorado

Day Two, Ohio to Missouri (461 miles)

Day Six, Colorado to California (1000! miles)

Day Three, Missouri to Kansas (475 miles)

Day Seven, California (258 miles)

Day Four, Kansas to Colorado (659 miles)

Day Eight, California to New Jersey (300 miles)