29 Model A’s began a 10 day bucket list adventure on September 12 2016 ,from the heart of California wine country in route to the Lost Coast and the southern end of Oregon. “What is the Lost Coast?” you may wonder. We were to find out in a few days. But first, we enjoyed historic sites, charming communities, breathtaking views, drive-thru trees, and the company of new friends. It was no doubt an adventure as we traveled along the twists, cliffs, and passes of the famous Pacific Coast Highway. There were even whale sightings which delighted a few lucky members of the group as they traveled along.
Our hosts and organizers Gill Sissons and Dale Morrison showed us the best of the North Coast, an area they knew well. They found hotels with Pacific views, restaurants specializing in local fare, and roads that seemed to be made for Model A’s. It was day 4 that they introduced us to the Lost Coast. As Janet Miller noted, “It was not for the faint of heart or timid”. Thus, the name: Lost Coast. The little-known path to an obscure section of the Pacific Coastline began just off the Redwood’s Avenue of the Giants and ended in the friendly town of Ferndale. The fearless drivers earned their Model A stripes as they bounced, climbed, and geared down during the 4 hour tour that included narrow lanes, steep hills, plenty of potholes, and no cell phone coverage . Seeing the rocky coastline was worth every challenging mile.
On to the town of Eureka where we were provided a tour and lunch at the historic Carson Mansion, an experience normally open only to members and guests of its exclusive Ingomar club. Gill pulled some strings and made it possible for each car to be photographed in front of the Victorian home. Also on the agenda was a full day Jet Boat ride along the Rogue River a short distance from our beach-front hotel in Brookings, Oregon.
Our return route led us back through the Redwoods and to Ft Bragg where we enjoyed a short ride on the Skunk Train. Our last leg was down the coast and back to Rohnert Park where we enjoyed a final dinner together. The tour concluded on September 20. Each day was special as the group enjoyed made-to-order fall weather and fellow Model A enthusiasts from as far as Hawaii and Oklahoma.