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Mystery Run Recap - March 24, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Mystery Run. We had 23 cars & 37 people who were up for the adventure we planned. We got a little late start leaving the Starbucks in Livermore before heading up Vasco Rd to Highway 4, then 99 on to our 2nd pickup point at the Starbucks in Galt.

There we had a surprise celebration for Ms. Nikki Tildesley's 50th Birthday!

While I love a birthday celebration, the planner in me was a bit panicked on our timeframe as I had to improvise and change the plan slightly while we were in Galt. I apologize if this created any confusion or disappointment in the run itself, but the best was yet to come.

From Galt we traveled down a bit of the historic Lincoln Highway. The Lincoln Highway was one of the earliest transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America.[1] Conceived in 1912 by Indiana entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway ran coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City west to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Before the Carquinez Bridge was built, the Lincoln Highway went through Galt, Woodbridge, bypassing Lodi, and then into Stockton before heading towards San Francisco.  You can find historical marker signs along the route, even in Hayward.  Once the bridge was built the Central Valley towns were bypassed as the route went from Sacramento over the bridge and into San Francisco.   If you ever get a chance to travel The Lincoln Highway in other states, do it.  There are some fabulous places along the way such as: Gettysburg, Shanksville, Pa location of Flight 93 Memorial, out through the west, towns like Laramie, & Rock Springs, Wyoming.  If you were a part of MINI Takes the States 2016, we travelled a lot of the Lincoln Highway.

Check out the Lincoln Highway Association’s online map for complete coverage of the Lincoln Highway and all of its alignments, markers, monuments, and points of interest.

My plan was to then take the group into Lodi to view a couple of their great wall murals.  If you know me as a member of NorCal MINIs, you know I love a wall mural.  However, due to the time crunch I wasn't able to do this as the main purpose of the run was for everyone to participate in a MINI photo shoot I arranged for us at West 12 Ranch Studios.  

West 12 Ranch is a working thoroughbred boarding ranch and lucky for us, they had a day old foal in the barn.  Between the horses and other animals, the ranch provided plenty of distraction while each MINI and its owners waited for their spot in front of the camera. 

A huge, thank you to Phil Rotheram and Steve Sandke, our photographers.

Don't miss our Sequoia National Park Overnight Run April 13 & 14, 2019

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