Not Too Old Yet!

On the way up the mountain coaster at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster in Pigeon Forge. Photo taken by and the property of FourWalls.
@FourWalls (44063)
United States
May 15, 2022 6:44pm CST
Yes, I’m getting old. I’m drawing social security now, as well as my postal retirement. But I’m not “too” old yet! While in the Smokies I made a stop at one of my favorite places, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. It’s a LONG (it has four ascents and descents) individually-operated “coaster”-type ride. You can make it go fast (the top speed, they state, is 30 MPH); or, if you’re a sissy, you can make it go a lot slower. I’m too old for the 30 MPH thing (although I do let it go full-throttle once on the ride), but I’m not too old (yet) to get on that sucker and enjoy the daylights out of it! One of the climbs has a great joke: a sign that says “does a bear pee in the woods?” And the next one with an arrow pointing toward a shack and the words, “You bet! Euro-pee’n bears.” As long as I’m not too old I’ll make a stop at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster every time I’m in the neighborhood! The photo is me kicking up my heels (or heel, singular) as I start the ride. And here’s a You Tube video of the entire ride:
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@PhredWreck (7722)
• Olney, Illinois
16 May
Many times I have looked at Scar and decided yer-a-peein'
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• United States
16 May
I heard the joke told that if you're going into the bathroom, you're Russian. If you're coming out of the bathroom, you're Finnish. When you're IN the bathroom, European.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
And many times Scar has looked at you and said “Let meowt!”
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
@Vikingswest1 — old jokes, corny jokes, but it works pretty well with a visual of a bear sitting on a toilet.
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@DWDavis (20609)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 May
During the short time I lived in NH, there was an alpine slide ride on the slope of the ski area right behind the condo complex and I rode it often. This one was more like a concrete bobsled course instead of being on rails and if you lost control could suffer major skid burns.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
They had those ride-a-concrete-drainage-ditch rides at Ober Gatlinburg a long time ago. I think they have the rail mountain coaster now, too. They’re very popular in the area. I think there are at least five of them in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area….meaning I must have missed one! I have to go back!!!!
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@DWDavis (20609)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
16 May
@FourWalls I am going to look for them the next time K and I make it out that way on one of our camping trips. I don't know if she will ride one, but I sure will.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
@DWDavis — she might not ride it with you if you want to go fast and she doesn’t, but it’s perfectly safe for scaredy-cats and old folks…and even people with bad backs!
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@rebelann (98917)
• El Paso, Texas
16 May
That was fun. Too bad bout those dweebs in front of you though.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Oh that’s not me in the video. Kudos to the place for having 80 feet marked out so you don’t have to guess if you’re 80 feet behind the person in front of you.
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@rebelann (98917)
• El Paso, Texas
16 May
Oh, so why didn't ya do a video?
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
@rebelann — I don’t have anything to hold the iPhone other than my knees.
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@wolfgirl569 (56325)
• Marion, Ohio
16 May
That would be lots of fun.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Oh it’s a blast, that’s for sure. Since you can control the speed you don’t have to worry about whiplash around the corners (unless you want it ).
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@wolfgirl569 (56325)
• Marion, Ohio
16 May
@FourWalls That makes it better. I wont ride some of them anymore.
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@jstory07 (120746)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 May
At least you are out there having a good time. And we are going place next month.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
I know there’ll come a time that I’ll have to quit. But, in the words of that John Hiatt song, it hasn’t happened yet! Hope you have fun on your vacation!
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@jstory07 (120746)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 May
@FourWalls We always do.
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@TheSojourner (48471)
• United States
16 May
That sounds like SO much fun!!!! I wanna go!! LOL
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Oh, it’s a blast. I highly recommend it.
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• United States
16 May
@FourWalls am I going to have to make a trip out to Kentucky sometime?
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
@TheSojourner — no, go to Tennessee. We don’t have any of these here.
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@CarolDM (187020)
• United States
4 Jun
Looks and sounds like you had a really good time. Good for you.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
5 Jun
I found out something today: I *am* too old for some things.
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@CarolDM (187020)
• United States
5 Jun
@FourWalls Unfortunately it happens sooner or later. Stay safe.
@dgobucks226 (30375)
26 May
Wow, neat post! That's my kind of ride. I like control
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
26 May
What, do you think you’re a cat???? You can’t have control!!!!
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@dgobucks226 (30375)
28 May
@FourWalls BTW: watching the video of the ride was fun. I like the idea of "controlling" the speed yourself. After all, I'm a "fraidy cat."
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@oahuwriter (23576)
• United States
16 May
That's the spirit! I'm 67 yet, like you Social security benefits good!
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Age is mind over matter: if you don’t mind, it don’t matter!
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@oahuwriter (23576)
• United States
18 May
@FourWalls That's a good one!
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@arunima25 (74248)
• Bangalore, India
16 May
Wow!! That sounds like a great fun especially since you can control the speed. Age is just a number. You are as old as you feel and think.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
I guess 62 is the average. I feel 120 but I act 4.
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@arunima25 (74248)
• Bangalore, India
16 May
@FourWalls It took me some time to do the maths.
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@much2say (54994)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May
Ohhhh, I'd totally go on that ! We went on a similar ride . . . during the summer we went to a skiing area . . . they had an "alpine slide" ride which was like bobsledding (more like a slide, not on a track). But this track one seems to be more like a "coaster". Weeeeeeeeee!
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Yes, this is a coaster. The “ski park” in Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg, used to have one of the alpine slides, which was basically a cart in a concrete ditch. It was okay, but nothing like these!
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@much2say (54994)
• Los Angeles, California
16 May
@FourWalls Looking at the video, it really is a long ride - and scenic too! That alpine ride's got nothing on this one !
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
16 May
This is on our list of things to do while we are there.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Cool! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
16 May
@FourWalls from all the pictures and videos I've seen of it it's going to be awesome. I can't wait.
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@crossbones27 (43933)
• Redlands, California
16 May
I think the older we get there should be a new rule. Have more fun because life is short. Very cool miss lady.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Sounds like a plan to me! At least, it is my plan for now.
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• Redlands, California
16 May
@FourWalls Amen and its a damn dandy fine plan, stick with it and make people smile.
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@marlina (146820)
• Canada
5 Jun
Never been on those and never will. You are still Young.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
5 Jun
I’m not feeling young today, but generally I agree. It takes a young mind to think I can still ride a bike.
@Dena91 (17867)
• United States
16 May
That looks like a lot of fun!!
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
It is fun, especially considering you can control how fast you do or don't go.
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@LindaOHio (96084)
• United States
16 May
No coasters for me, thank you!!
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
I completely understand that! This is the only “thrill ride” I can do anymore.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
That looks such great fun and it seems to be very long too.
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@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
This is billed as the longest coaster in the Smokies. I’ve ridden most of them (save for the ones that’ve opened since last March), so I can vouch for that!
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