Fun in the Sonoma Sun - Brunch Run to Sonoma, February 4, 2012
by Mark and Joan Campagna, Redwood Region Members
Saturday, February 4 dawned sunny and cool this year: a great day for
the February 2012 run of the Redwood Region Porsche Club. My wife, Joan,
and I had arrived hoping for a ride as fun as we'd heard the "One One
Fun Run" had been. Unfortunately, we missed that run. However, there was
still time to say Gung Hay Fat Choy!
And that was our mindset early Saturday morning, as 28 gleaming Porsches
turned up at Novato's Vintage Oaks shopping center for the Brunch Run to
Carneros Bistro in Sonoma. After the usual Club activities
(introductions, drivers' meeting, etc.) by the usual suspects, we hit
the road about 9:40 a.m. Heading back down 101 S for one exit, we looped
onto CA-37 E and headed out on our 60-mile adventure.
The run took us through several different geographic landscapes, each
with its own beauty, and each a reason why we get together to do what we
do. From CA-37 E, we turned onto Lakeville Highway, traveling past the
Petaluma River and wetlands, part of a robust stream of traffic that
Saturday morning. A right onto CA-116 E/Stage Gulch Road brought us to a
world of gently rolling hills dotted with farms and dairies. Our car was
near the front our caravan, and as we looked back we saw 20 or so sets
of bright eyes snaking over the curves like a long Chinese dragon
dancing down the road. The sun was shining and the temps were
invigorating; all was right with the world.
Skirting downtown Sonoma, we picked up CA-12 W on the northwest side of
town and followed that to Trinity Road and Dry Creek Road, where the
adventure really started. No more rolling hills: we were now on classic
California mountain roads, the kind our Porsches were built to love.
Time to indulge! The next 15 miles or so were a workout for car and
driver alike, with numerous switchbacks, steep grades, sweeping vistas,
narrow roads, and mile after mile of deep, quiet, primordial
forest...the type of forest my wife calls a "state of grace."
That was what it felt like when we crested Oakville Grade Road and saw
northern Napa Valley spread out before us. The vista took our breath
away! Though it turned out to be a wrong turn - we should have continued
on Dry Creek Road - the detour was not without benefit. We are small in
this world and that bears remembering, and life has a way of making sure
we don't forget it. Cresting that grade was one of those moments for us.
Turning onto CA-29 S we regrouped briefly, much to the curiosity of
those who passed. But luck was with us, and our caravan was pointed in
the right direction so we continued south, picking up our planned route
again at Redwood Blvd. and continuing on from there without event.
Several more neighborhood roads brought us to CA-12 W, where we zipped
back to Sonoma for the second reason the Club gets together to do what
we do: enjoy food!
Carneros Bistro in Sonoma turned out to be an attractive and welcoming
restaurant. Our group was seated in the main dining room, which easily
accommodated our 40+ adventurers. Equally pleasant-looking were
smaller-sized outside patios that ringed the restaurant. Brunch was
served buffet style at the counter and accommodated tastes ranging from
continental to eggs or omelets cooked to order, to boxes of cereal, to
vegetarian. We didn't notice too many empty plates as we made our second
trip up to the counter!
The sun was still shining as my wife and I left the Bistro a short while
later and headed south, linking back up with several club members at
Sonnen Porsche in Mill Valley to check out the new 911. Like kids in a
candy store, we all gathered round, big smiles on our faces as we
imagined what it would be like to just slip behind the wheel and...sweet
It was a beautiful day for Redwood Region;s first
Brunch Run of 2012 to
Carneros Bistro & Bar in Sonoma
Porsches pack the parking lot at
Carneros Bistro and Bar in Sonoma