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About Coaster Crusade
What happens when two guys from Mississippi want to ride lots of roller coasters, but there are no roller coasters in Mississippi? Road trip! And not just any road trip. Four days. Thirty roller coasters. Plus they live to tell the tale.
With all the books written about Disney and Universal theme parks, you’d think there weren’t any others. But there are lots of regional parks scattered across the United States, and many of them are best-known for their roller coasters: steel, wood, and screams. Coaster connoisseurs Bryce and Zach, school teachers by day, put up their chalk and pull down their lap bars for a wild trek to ride more roller coasters than you’ll probably ride in your life.
Bryce and Zach’s tales from their coaster crusade include:
- Apollo’s Chariot, the first hypercoaster on the crusade, lives up to its godly aspiration, but the nearby Loch Ness Monster turns out to be just a big fish story
- Intimidator 305, in King’s Dominion, nearly puts Bryce down for the count
- Fury 325, the tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world, tests Zach’s fear of heights
- The boys tackle over two dozen other coasters, share historical background and trivia, and vividly describe what it’s like to ride
- Plus, a behind-the-scenes VIP coaster tour, amusement park foodie finds, migraines, blackouts, paralytic fear, and more!
JOIN BRYCE AND ZACH ON THEIR ROLLER COASTER ROAD TRIP!
About Bryce Yelverton
Bryce Yelverton is a math teacher turned government relations consultant. His love of theme parks, roller coasters, and especially the Walt Disney Company began many years ago. Bryce and his wife are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, where Bryce has worked for ten years with the inner-city, non-profit ministry, His Heart, Inc.
He is a two-year survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma and ran the 2015 WDW Half Marathon in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He shares his journey with cancer through public speaking events around the state of Mississippi.
Bryce is a graduate of Mississippi College and holds an MBA from Mississippi State University. He loves to eat, travel, and podcast, but not necessarily in that order. Bryce, his wife, Carly, and their dog, Walter, reside in Clinton, Mississippi.
Bryce’s personal website can be found at www.bryceyelverton.com.
Heidi Says . . .
I should probably disclose that Bryce is a blogging friend of mine. We “met” online through another blogging friend who encouraged Bryce to contact me regarding writing for The Blogorail. We connected, not only because of our love for all-things Disney, but because we are both Christians. Also, at the time, he was fighting a cancer battle, and I was cheering him on!
When Bryce and his friend Zach went on their Coaster Crusade last year, I was following along via social media. His posts were hilarious! Not only was a laughing, but I was chatting with other friends and laughing with them! It was then that I got the idea that Bryce should put the Coaster Crusade experience into a book – that way, everyone could enjoy his story as much as I had! I pitched the idea to him and told him he should get in touch with Theme Park Press. I think he thought I was crazy at first; but . . .
The rest, as they say, is history!
I was so excited when I got the news that Bryce’s book was “hot off the presses.” I couldn’t wait to check it out.
When it arrived in my mailbox and I pulled it out of the box, I felt a sense of pride. Silly, I know.
I enjoyed reading the book – reliving some of those moments that I had read about on social media, and learning more about the parks and coasters that were part of the Crusade.
I’ve chatted with Bryce a few times since. I can totally see this book becoming a series! I’ve encouraged him to go on Coaster Crusade Part 2 and write about that experience as well!
If you’re a fan of the thrill ride, then you’ll surely enjoy reading this book! But, watch out! You just may find yourself setting aside the time and money to visit Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds this summer! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
The best thing about the Theme Park Press website is that you can learn so much more about the books than what I share on my blog! Be sure to stop by the Coaster Crusade page, where you can check out the Table of Contents, read the introduction, and even check out a few excerpts (find out about Anaconda and Vortex).
Every time I stop by the site, I see more and more new books that I want to add to my To Read list! I’m sure you will as well!
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***