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I Rode a ride! (sorta)

Posted October 17, 2011

I haven't ridden a ride at the Fair in a very long time unless you count the Ferris wheel experience five years ago where I took pictures and was terrified of dropping my camera the entire time. (At that time the Ferris wheel was up where Kiddieland is now, so you could get some great pictures of Dorton Arena from up high.) But I finally found a ride I wanted to go on. Except it wasn't really a ride.

Over in the midway area near the Kerr Scott building is a ride called "Cyclone Tunnel" that costs three tickets. Instead of a ride, though, it's more like a walk. There's a catwalk with handrails going through a rotating, blinking, flashing tunnel. The effect is to induce vertigo. (Keep hold of the handrails.) I don't think there's any time limit to how long you can be in there, assuming no one piles up behind you (when I went through there was nobody there) so you could just stand in the middle and be dizzy for a while I suppose.

I thought the effect was interesting, though I found myself  leaning all the way to one side at the end of the catwalk in an effort to make up for the spinning sensation.

My husband tried it, but shut his eyes halfway through to see if the spinning sensation abated (it didn't.) So we had a discussion on how much exposure you would have to have to the tunnel in order to feel the spinning sensation. A few experiments may be in order!

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