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June 2012 Club Ride

Jun 7, 2012 - The day started out with a good and familiar look - breakfast at Susie's, followed by a ride through the farms and orchards of Davis, in to the back roads of Winters to the winding road of route 128. From there we wound our way alongside Putah Creek, and Lake Berryessa. From there, it was on to Petaluma for a well-received break and stop for refreshments. Ken was amazing in his route-finding, again. Who knew there was a route through historical, Victorian Petaluma, on to the rural Marshall-Petaluma highway. This time of year, the vineyards were in bloom, the farms lush and green, and the cows were well-fed. The road was a gently curving route with almost no other vehicular company.

This brought us out to the Coast Highway, and a stop at The Marshall Store for lunch. Some of us didn't miss a chance to partake in the ultra-fresh and icy-cold raw oysters, while others cared for them barbecued. Still others weren't quite brave enough to down the slimy beasts, opting instead for some clam chowder or a nice sandwich. At least a pair of our travelers continued a few miles south in to Point Reyes Station, enjoying the fare at the Pine Cone Diner.

From here it was a short jaunt through Olema (don't blink), in to Samuel P Taylor State Park, where all the campsites enjoyed a canopy of mature redwoods, and a small stream beside us. A 'friendly' turkey vulture has taken up residence on a limb above the stream, keeping an eye out for us...just in case.

Dinner was easy - a trip into Fairfax led us to the Iron Springs Brewery and Pub. The food was adequate, the beer cold and flavorful. The after dinner entertainment was provided by the campfire back at Samuel P.

Morning was time for a light breakfast of pastries and coffee, more conversation, and a light campsite cleanup. Easy way to spend a short weekend at the Coast. There is more to investigate on another trip - looking forward to next year.