Sunday, June 1, 2014

The most violent thing I've ever experienced on purpose

I haven't been an adventure seeker. Except scuba diving, a couple of bungee jumps and a moderate river rafting trip. That's about it. The last time I was on a roller coaster was the early '80s, before they got extreme.

When I learned they were offering bobsled rides down the track used in the 2002 Olympics, I had to do it. Because whenever I'd watch the winter games, I'd wish I could go down a bobsled run. Without a sled. Since there's very little chance of that ever happening, I jumped at this.

These specially made sleds have wheels. And roll bars. And seatbelts. And straps to hold onto. (Not as sleek looking as their ice counterparts.) They provide the driver.

You go about 60 miles an hour and it takes about a minute. You shake, bounce, get whipped from side to side. Your helmet knocks against the roll bar. You experience up to 4 Gs. You forget everything they told you about how to brace yourself. And you want it to last longer. WOOOOOOOOO!

We're Number 3! We're Number 3!

The most violent thing I ever experienced? I was rear-ended while on my motorcycle. I didn't want that to last longer.

1 comment:

  1. I so want to do this, Al! I'd love to go to Lake Placid in New York and do the luge run on the old Winter Olympics course there... woo hooo! I'm jealous you got to do this - and good on ya for going! Yippee!