Two weeks ago, on June 9, 2012, eighteen people dropped and whirled, rose and swirled all day on this Brooklyn, NY roller coaster with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. They were raising money for charities with $24,000 promised to the one who stayed aboard the longest.
In the late seventies, American Richard Rodriguez set the world record for roller coaster rides. Thirty years later, when his nine-day, twelve-hour record was beaten, Rodriguez tried again. The Guiness Book of Records allowed him to accumulate five minutes off for every full hour ridden to change clothes, shower, have a hot meal and transfer from the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach to the Big Dipper for night-time riding. Otherwise, Rodriguez had to eat, drink and sleep on the coaster. Sounds like hell to me.
And yet, when Rodriguez set a new record at midnight, August 6, 2007, he said, “It feels amazing to be the world record holder once again, but I’m not just going to give up now – I want to stay on for as long as possible and make my record a solid one.” He continued for another week, riding a total of 405 hours and 40 minutes, ending on August 13, 2007. Sounds like super-duper hell, but all through the non-stop riding, all through the long, hot days and all through the dark, lonely nights, Rodriguez kept going.
He kept going.
Can you name the wooden roller coaster in this week’s picture? The 85-year-old coaster towers over a famous boardwalk. When it first opened on June 26, 1927, a ride cost twenty-five cents. Last year, a ride was $8. The first three correct answers will win great prizes. Post answers in the Comments Section (or write SoulSongz@aol.com)