Brunch Run to Two Bird Cafe - February 9, 2013
by Mike Hinton, Redwood Region Vice-President
On February 9th, under a crystal blue sky, in sub-freezing
temperatures, the Redwood Region Porsche faithful gathered for the
Region's Brunch Run to the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo. As I had
volunteered to lead the run (what WAS I thinking, it's tax season?),
Brenda and I arrived early at our meeting point in
Novato. Actually, we were very early in arriving
so we had the entire parking lot to ourselves for some time. Eventually
the participants began arriving and soon groups of people were engaged
in animated conversations. There were many interesting Porsches to be
seen -- a treat for all the photographers.
After we dispensed with the formalities of the drivers' meeting and
announcements of upcoming Region events, Barney (my 1972 911T) led our
group of about 25 cars through the suburban landscapes of Novato on Novato Blvd. Soon enough suburbia led to
more open spaces where we were greeted with mostly traffic-free roads.
The route was relatively familiar to me as Brenda and I had taken a
trial run on the course the week before. On our reconnaissance run we
tried to note the location of potential icy spots and course changes
that could be easily missed. I thought we had done a pretty thorough
As we entered the "back road" section of the route I wasn't overly
concerned with the possibility of frosty roads as it had been 35 degrees
when we left our home in the Napa Valley.
Imagine my surprise when we reached the first damp corner and found it a
bit icy! We modified our pace accordingly and didn't have any further
After we left Novato
we had a short stretch on
Petaluma-Point Reyes Road before turning onto Hicks Valley Road for the roller coaster
ride to Marshall-Petaluma
is one of my favorite North Bay
roads: it's not too bumpy, even for an autocross car, and it's narrow
and curvy enough to require full concentration. On top of all of that,
the countryside was resplendent in its seasonal green colors, and at the
top of the hill a beautiful view of
Tomales Bay awaits.
After negotiating the tricky turn onto Highway 1 the group was
treated to a wonderful cruise to our rest stop in Tomales. This section
of Highway 1 is a fantastic driving road with smooth pavement and a
variety of challenging curves. Many heads were turned upon our arrival
in Tomales; in fact, a client of mine said she had seen "at least 50"
Porsches when she was in town that day (it was only about 25, but an
impressive group nonetheless).
After the rest stop we continued north on Highway 1. After turning
onto Valley Ford Road
to begin the trek back towards the restaurant in San Geronimo. All was
progressing smoothly until we zipped right by our turnoff onto Tomales Boulevard. Brenda knew immediately
that we had missed the turn and had me turn onto the next available
road. Unfortunately I'm not that familiar with the roads around Petaluma (I only lived
there for a year), so we decided to turn around and get back on the
proper route. We were fortunate that there was a handy church parking
lot to assist our group in reorganizing, and the traffic gods smiled on
us by allowing everyone to regroup quickly.
The remainder of the route was covered without incident as we took
Chileno Valley Road
(lots of bicycles!) and
Hicks Valley Road to eventually cruise slowly
through Nicasio. From that point it was an easy drive down Nicasio Valley Road to the Two Bird Café
in San Geronimo. Our group was so large that we had to be split into two
dining rooms, but none of the participants seemed to mind much. The menu
was limited, as is typical with large groups, but everyone seemed to
find a satisfactory meal choice. The servers did a great job in taking
care of our group as well.
All too soon the meal was over, and the participants drifted back to
their cars to continue their day. It was a fun experience to lead a
group for the first time, even with the routing miscue. It was
gratifying to have members thank me for choosing the route and
maintaining a sporting pace. Maybe I'll sign up again sometime! I hope
to see all of you at another Region Event soon.
On the Road Porsche Style
(photo by Simone Kopitzki
Filling the mirrors with color
(photo by Simone Kopitzki)
Lunch at Two Bird Cafe
(photo by Simone Kopitzki)