Yesterday, I promised more details as we got them on the new “Impulse” at Knoebels.
So here they are, straight from the source:
You’ve seen the pictures, here’s a little more info.The design incorporates approximately 1985 feet of track and an approximately 98 foot tall lift hill. 3 eight rider vehicles will achieve speeds of up to 56 mph. 90 degree free fall drop, cobra roll, loop, immelman, helix, airtime hills are all incorporated in the ride. Riders are seated in two rows of 4 facing forward with the back row seats elevated above the front row seats. Manufacturer Zierer. Bumper boats and boat tag will be removed to make space for the ride named Knoebels Impulse.
The ride will also be traditional chain lift, not launch as many people thought.
I went to Zierer’s website, and there doesn’t seem to be a direct product that matches this description, so it looks like it will be custom, which is awesome. Construction is expected to start this summer, with a finishing date of 2015.
Last week I was looking at the Daily Item’s website when I saw something that caught my eye. I turned to city editor and fellow Danvillite Bill Bowman and said, “Well, you know how townie I am? I just saw the announcement that the Southside Carnival is starting next week and I thought, ‘Well, there’s dinner for next week.’”
The Southside Firemen’s Carnival is a tradition for those raised in the Danville townie lifestyle – it’s something those outside of the fold would hardly consider a “fair.”
But those in the know understand that the food can’t be beat there. You go, you see your fellow Danvillians, you gain 10 pounds, you listen to some great music, maybe play a game or ride a ride with the kids and you leave.
I had wings and french fries, followed by a funnel cake. I probably exceeded my monthly quota for cholesterol intake, but I don’t regret it.
Here’s a peek at what I’m talking about:
This is in the cafeteria-style pavilion as we were getting started.
I’ve covered several motorcycle rides before – but I’ve never ridden with one.
That could be a number of things: A) I don’t ride motorcycles and B) People can’t answer questions when they’re riding.
But Saturday, before heading to Knoebels, I was inadvertently in the middle of the action when my fiance and I ended up driving behind the American Legion Ride for Ashley, which was held to benefit a young woman in Sunbury with Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, “part of a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen,” Wikipedia says.
Ashley Gay is looking to raise $70,000 for needed surgery and the Post 201 Riders – known for their charity rides – were happy to help Saturday.
It was a great cause, and I was happy to see the great turnout. Here’s my view of the ride: