Thanks to a father’s inability to say no, one lucky family is reaping the benefits and excitement of having a homemade roller coaster in their backyard. Yes, you read that right – a roller coaster. Getting inspired after a trip to an amusement park, Lyle Pemble asked his dad Will if they could build a roller coaster at their Orinda, California home. His answer: a surprising yes!
“I thought about it for a second and the answer anyone expects is ‘of course not’… but I said yes! I said sure!” he told ABC News.
The coaster, which is named “The Caution Zone” as a testament to the ride’s rigorous safety precautions, is nearly 200 feet long and took about six weeks to build. It is powered only by gravity and reaches a maximum speed of 14 mph.
Pemble said his son Lyle is “the brains” of the operation, and he has contributed a great deal to the planning and execution of the project.
“He’s a studier. My son knows everything there is to know about roller coasters. He helps design them and does the math,” he said.
Since completing the original coaster last year, Will and Lyle have started building a second coaster in a friend’s backyard. In a video posted to YouTube, Lyle walks with a friend and outlines design plans for the new structure.
“We’re going to tilt the track to the side … so there would only be force pushing you down,” he says in the video.
We can’t seem to wait for this coaster to come!
Photo Source: CoasterDad.com