Brunch Run to Two Bird Cafe - February 9, 2013

Mike Hinton  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 job...

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 surprises.

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 Road. Marshall-Petaluma Road 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

On the Road Porsche Style
(photo by Simone Kopitzki

Filling the mirrors with color

Filling the mirrors with color
(photo by Simone Kopitzki)

Lunch at Two Bird Cafe

Lunch at Two Bird Cafe
(photo by Simone Kopitzki)