The Cobra's to the Coast 2014 Journey north will feature highlights such as:
With nearly all of you who had rooms for this trip responding to our poll that you were interested in this fun trip, we
have arranged for a round trip shuttle to/from our hotel and special discounted pricing on this historic railroad BBQ
Our private shuttle will pick us up from our hotel and take us to the Skunk Train station, departing Fort Bragg at 3:
30PM on this 5-hour journey with a dinner stop at Northspur. "ALL ABOARD" as we set out on our afternoon
adventure back in time on the Skunk Train. Traveling among towering trees, deer drinking from the Noyo River, an
isolated fisherman's cabin peeking from the forest and possibly a glimpse of Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot). With
occasional whistles as the train chugs through tunnels, over bridges and past open meadows, the train follows the
coastal "Redwood Route" as it has since 1885. Our train will stop at the mid-point North Spur. On the menu is
Barbecued Chicken or Tri-Tip (beef), Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Green Salad, Potato Salad, Three Bean
Salad,Bread, and their famous Blackberry Sundae for dessert.
Cobra's to the Coast '14 will feature a spirited drive up the coast through picturesque coastal towns, an awesome
location picnic lunch on the coast and a brief stop in Mendocino before reaching our destination for the day in Fort Bragg.
Saturday after breakfast will provide time to explore the area:
Willits- 52 minutes east from Fort Bragg via Hwy 20, which is a scenic tree lined drive, and your in Willits. Willits Frontier
Days is the highlight of the year in Willits. Unfortunately we will miss that by 2 weeks. There are some downtown shops
and a number of places to grab some Lunch before returning to Fort Bragg. Willits is also the eastern terminus for the
Fort Bragg- Home to the famous Skunk train railroad check out one of their excursions- Tracks to Kayaks- Fort Bragg to
Northspur . Not into trains how about a stroll through the Mendocino Botanical gardens. Not into flora how about picking
up some deli sandwiches and heading to the beach or stay in town and visit some of the many downtown shop and
galleries. Of course you will work up an appetite and/or get a little thirsty so how about stopping by North Coast Brewing
for a cold on and a bite to eat. Want something other than "pub grub" check out one of these local lunch spots.
Mendocino- This quaint seaside town offers many galleries and shops with items crafted by local artisans or for the
adventurous how about sea kayaking. or one of the other suggested activities in the area.No matter what you decide to
do in Mendocino you will work up an appetite and your lunch options are all in easy walking distance.
Elk-take a scenic drive to Elk for Lunch
then explore this little town before heading back north. This route takes a scenic redwood lined inland route after crossing
the Navaro River on Hwy 1. the route ends just south of Elk and should take approx. 50 minutes. The drive back to Fort
Bragg should take approx.37 minutes.
Our return trip on Sunday will take us inland through the inter-coastal redwoods and wine regions of the Anderson and
Napa valley's as we wind our way back home.
Who's Coming: Cobra's to the Coast Roster
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We will be meeting at the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato (Rowland Rd. Exit from Highway 101)
The shopping center is big so to make it easier for folks to spot our group as they arrive in other groups. and because
with 36 cars we need a larger area, when you get there Please park near Starbucks/DSW Shoes
In the shopping center you will find:
Departure: We will be departing at 9:00AM
If you plan on eating of purchasing your lunch please arrive early enough to make your purchase or eat AND GET GAS.
General Route information:
The route is broken into 3 planned stops.
We will be traveling a total of approximately 147 miles
If you prefer to drive at a more leisurely less "spirited" pace, please drive toward the back of the caravan
There are virtually NO SERVICES between our stops please make sure you have enough gas to make it on each leg.
There are no rest areas on this section of the coast, there is a state park and regional park however, both will charge the
day use rate to use their facilities ($8/car)
If you need to pull over for a non-emergency reason, please wave others by to avoid help pulling over needlessly
First Stop Bodega Bay: 41 MILES/ 51MINUTES (we will be here approx. 20min)
1 76 gas station (8 PUMPS and restrooms inside)
Park across the street at The Tides (The Tides Wharf Fish Market and Wine Shop offer fresh seafood, gourmet food
items, wines, liquor and food to go – clam chowder, deli meats, cheeses, oysters on the half shell and shrimp cocktails)
Second Stop: Gualala: 47.8 MILES/ 1hr 22min (we will be here approx. 15min)
76 (8 pumps & restrooms)
Chevron (8 pumps & restrooms)
Lunch Stop: (we will be here approx. 2hrs)
Our lunch stop is only 1.4 miles from Gualala.
So where are we going............................. Cobra's to the Coast Lunch
Fort Bragg: 57.9 MILES/ 1hr 22min
We should arrive at our hotel at around 3:30PM. There are no formal plans for the evening however, as usually is the
case someone will most likely open a bottle after we get settled and that will lead to another and another....you get the
Dinner on Friday is open ( for dinner ideas see Yelp, TripAdvisor and/or Mendocino Visitors Guide
Saturday Breakfast- The Harbor Lite has continental breakfast, if you want more to eat there are cafes close by.
Saturday Activities- The agenda is open for exploring the area. For those who will be taking the Skunk train evening
BBQ Excursion we will start the shuttle from the hotel around 2:15 PM for our trains scheduled 3:30 PM departure from Ft.
Sunday- Our route home is being finalized and since weather is always a consideration we will most likely include a
couple of options.
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