Day out at Alton Towers.

På forhånd var jeg mest stressa for togbyttene, det skulle vise seg at dette skulle vise seg at dette var det jeg skulle bekymre meg minst for da disse gikk helt fint.

Å komme seg til Derby var enkelt. Selv med mine to togbytter. Å komme seg til parken skulle være mer komplisert…og kostbart.

Vi fikk vite fra informasjonsskranken på busstasjonen at det gikk kun en buss til parken om morgenen og en tilbake om kvelden.
Dette høres jo veldig rart ut for en så popular fornøyelsespark.

Vi bestemte oss for a sjekke hvor mye det kostet å ta taxi frem siden vi tross alt hadde dratt såpass langt, synd å ikke komme helt frem.

Taxien var ikke kjempebillig men siden vi delte det på to var det ok.

Vi skulle endelig komme oss frem til målet.

Vel fremme i parken fant vi fort ut hvilke karuseller vi ville ta siden vi hadde litt liten tid igjen.

Congo River rapids var først ut, da denne var det nærmeste vi kom tømmerrenna.

Etter River Rapids gikk vi forbi Nitrogenie, en iskremkiosk og bestemte oss for å unne oss dette.

Det angrer jeg ikke på for dette var virkelig godt. Jeg valgte meg ut lemon merengue pie, den var nydelig.

Etter iskrempausen var vi på jakt etter en skikkelig berg og dalbane.

Vi hadde sett oss ut The Wicker man, basert pa filmen.
Denne var bygd i tre og så veldig spennende ut, da vi nærmet oss ble jeg likevel litt usikker.

Det er mange år siden jeg tok en karusell sist, turte jeg dette?

Etter noen sekunders betenkningstid bestemte jeg meg for at jeg kunne virkelig ikke være feig og så ja, kjør på.

Jeg var kjempegira da vi gikk inn bakerst i køen.
Denne køen skulle vise seg å ta ganske langt tid.
Det må ha vært 30-45 min og humøret mitt gikk gradveis nedover.

Men jeg kom meg jo ikke ut så jeg måtte bare fortsette fremover.
Endelig ble da da vår tur.

Karusellen begynte bra, med en liten intro om at vi var de utvalgte som nå skulle bli ofret.

Selve karusellen var ok, jeg synes det gikk litt i ett, det hadde vert bedre om det var noen utforbakker og så bygde seg litt opp før det var nye utforbakker.

Så stoppet vi, i mørket, og jeg visste at det skulle skje noe skummelt ala begynnelsen, en stemme som snakket eller noe.
Men da var vi plutselig på avstigning, så jeg var litt skuffa.

Så begynte det å nærme seg hjemreise, vi hadde tidligere på dagen snakket med ei på informasjonskontoret som kunne opplyse om at det ikke var noen busser nå utenom høysesongen.

Vi ville forhøre oss enda grundigere.
Kanskje det var en buss til en annen stasjon vi kunne ta.
Men nei da, det var ingen buss som kjørte nå og de kunne kun henvende oss til drosjeselskaper.

Måtte vi virkelig ta taxi tilbake igjen og?
Denne turen kom jo til å blakke meg helt.

Jeg spurte om dama i skranken kunne innhente pris på flere drosjeselskap og etter en stund kom hun tilbake med noen ark. Priser på alle selskapene og et ark med busstider.

For jo da, det gikk buss likevel, den ene bussen som gikk tilbake til Derby går om 2 min.

Vi måtte bare løpe, men vi rakk det. Såvidt.

Det blir nok med denne ene turen til Alton Towers.

Beforehand I was most stressed for the train ride, it turned out this was the least of my worries.

Getting to Derby was easy, even with my two change of trains. To get to the park should turn out to be more complicated… and costly.

We were told from the information at the bus station that there was only one bus to the park in the morning and one bus back in the evening.
This sounds really weird for a popular park like this.

We decided to check how much a taxi would be, we had come this far, it would be a shame to not get all the way to the park.

The cab was not super cheap, but since we were to to share the cost it was ok.

Finally we were getting to the park.

In the park we were quick to decide what rides to try, since we didn’t have a lot of time.

Congo River Rapids was the first one to try, this was the closest we got to the timber slide.

After the ride we passed by an ice cream kiosk and decided to treat ourselfs.

I really don’t regret this as this was delicious.

After the ice cream break we went looking for a real roller coaster.

We decided on The Wicker Man, based on the film.
This is built in tree and looked quite fun, bu when we were outside I became a little unsure.

It was several years since I last been on a roller coaster, did I really dare?

After a few seconds I thought, yes, I really cant chicken out now. Go on.

I was super stoked when we entered the queue.
This queue took quite a long time.
It must have been 30-40 min and my mood was gradually declining.

But there was no way of getting out so I just had to continue onward.
At last, it was our turn.

The ride started great, with a short intro telling us that we were the chosen ones and we were being sacrificed.

The main part was OK, I didn’t like that it was all in one part. It would have been better if there was a few downhill parts and then a build up before it was more downhill parts.

And then, we stopped, in the dark. I knew something was happening, something scary. A voice that said something creepy.

And then we were just at the exit and had to get off, I was a bit dissapointed.

We were almost at closing time.
Earlier in the day we had talked to a woman at the information, who told us that there was no buses now outside high-season.

But we wanted to get the information clear, maybe there was a buss to another station we could use.

But no, no bus at all and they could only recommend us to contact cab companies.

Did we really have to get a cab again?
This trip was going to ruin me economically

I asked the woman at the information if she could get us the prices for more of the cab companies and after a while she returned with a few papers.

The prices for all the cab companies and the bus times.

Yes, there was a bus from the park now, the one bus back to Derby. And it leaves in two minutes.

We had to run, but we made it.
Barely.

I guess this was my first and last visit to Alton Towers.

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