The annual Portland Rose Festival is going on now, although Summer didn’t get the memo. You can see the carnival and rides along the western bank of the Willamette.
Chief among the rides is this monster, which looks even more sinister in this picture (courtesy of joshualane on Flickr), than in real life. It’s basically four seats on a basket welded onto each end of a couple hundred feet of steel that’s rotating a few hundred feet off the ground.
I’ve not been up close, so I can’t guess at the dimensions, but it’s taller than the bridge that’s next to it. Now, I love roller coasters and even those rides that drop you straight down 300 hundred feet. But this looks like abject terror for several minutes.
The buckets point your feet out as you rotate, so you’re upside-down for half the ride, spinning. Maybe I’m getting old, but you won’t catch me on that.
Thoughts? Maybe Eddie will check it out this weekend, if he heads to the Festival, and provide a video of his experience.