“A lot of people would build a swimming pool in a yard like this,” Pemble says, motioning around the sparse outdoor space behind his home “I didn’t want that. I didn’t think that that would be particularly engaging. I didn’t think my kids would learn a lot from that. And look! I have a roller coaster.”
Technically, Pemble—who makes his living as a tech leadership consultant as the CEO of Goal Boss—has built five. But his latest backyard installation is his most intense yet, a 17-second ride with a 15-foot drop, a 70-degree bank turn, and a top speed of 18 mph. Yes, he says, the thing is safe. He tests intensely with his 300-pound test dummy, Todd, before getting into the seat itself—or allowing kids aboard.
Now, Pemble is taking on an even bigger challenge. He’s adding an upside down loop-de-loop to his coaster. Hold onto your butt, Todd.
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