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February 9, 2020 Third Annual Delta Drive

February 9th - 2020 First* Sunday Drive – Third Annual “Delta Drive” to Brunch* at the Grand Island Mansion - *Actually the Second Sunday, as the GIM was closed on the 2nd of February … Ground Hog Day or something!

The starting line begins at Peet’s Coffee in Concord.

We’ll meet up at Peet’s Coffee in the “Clayton Valley Shopping Center” at the intersection of Clayton Valley and Ignacio Valley Roads in Concord at 9 to 9:45 a.m. for coffee and snacks. Peet’s is located behind the Bank of America on the corner at 5458 Clayton Valley Road, Concord.  Sign ins and map handouts completed by 10:00 a.m.; ladies and gentlemen… “start your engines” …  for a prompt departure and a right turn east onto Clayton Valley Road.

We then get on Marsh Creek Road passing by the historic city of Clayton and then into the wilds of the northeast side of Mt. Diablo.  Expect great views and possibly lush green grass covered hills as we wind down the road towards the Delta.  Note, there are warning signs posted regarding the possibility of “ICEY” road conditions.

There is a lot of early California packed into this area, as John Marsh was the first “Anglo” landowner in “Alta California” (2).  We are driving thru history!   About 11 miles down Marsh Creek Road, we’ll make a left turn on to Deer Valley Road headed towards Antioch and a right turn onto Hwy 4 (9 miles) then onto the gateway to “The Delta” Hwy 160, staying to the right.  Next is “The High Bridge”, which is a “toll bridge”, if you don’t have “Fastrak”, have dollars ready!  The plan is to go thru the “collection side” to keep our run together, a beep = $!

Just past Isleton, we follow Hwy 160 over the old bridge and a right turn following Hwy 160.  Next is a left turn on to Hwy 220 just past the Ryde Hotel in Walnut Grove. This is where the driving gets little more interesting as we drive across Grand Island with farm vistas!  Take a right turn on to “Grand Island Road” heading North East. (Note, “The Grand Island Road” is basically a “loop” around the perimeter of the Island can not get lost!)  A short distance on this levee road is our destination on the right … The Grand Island Mansion (“GIM”) 13415 Grand Island Road!

The Finish Line ends at “GIM” with a delicious brunch.          

* Brunch Reservations are required!  They sell out 2-3 weeks in advance, if you plan on having brunch please book yours with “GIM” as early as possible!  The run is about 1.5 – 2 hours, 12 o’clock or after should be safe.    Book on “Open Table” – Note “MBZ Club Group”, call GIM directly @ 916.775.1705.  Informational links:

Grand Island Mansion

Mount Diablo  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Marsh_(pioneer)

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