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Green Hills Of Earth Driving Tour
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Starbucks Parking Lot Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato
132 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
Be READY for surprises - mud, sand, potholes, tree branches, etc.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until February 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM
DATE Sunday 02/25/2018
gather at 9:00AM, drive off at 9:45/10:00AM - RAIN OR SHINE
START and FINISH in Novato near 101 [parking lot in Novato Vintage Oaks Shopping Center just outside Starbucks]
Interesting challenging roads in/among the green hills of Sonoma and Napa Counties
Lunch stop at Solbar in Calistoga on Silverado Trail at 12:30, afternoon return route will be optional
navigable route link and printed maps will be provided - bring your smart phone and charger!
MAP of route here [NOTE: COUNTER-clockwise again this year]:
MUST come to start point for printed map and up-to-minute route updates and to commit to your lunch registration.
MUST sign up here to have a seat at lunch in Calistoga [NO drop-ins please]
--> inspiration for the name [and the future end of the NorCal drought]:
The Green Hills of Earth
Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me
As they rove around the girth
Of our lovely mother planet
Of the cool, green hills of Earth.
We've tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth:
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool, green hills of Earth.
The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade.
ALL HANDS! STAND BY! FREE FALLING!
And the lights below us fade.
Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps a race of Earthmen,
Out, far, and onward yet ---
We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.
~ Robert A. Heinlein 1907-1988