This year marked the 4th Annual Poker Run to Longboard’s Bar & Grill in Graeagle, CA and what a turnout we had for this beautiful drive. We departed Reno on July 29th at 9:00 on a beautiful clear morning which we were all too happy to be leaving town due to the record breaking 100 degree streak we were having and going to a cooler area in higher elevation.
9:00am – Starbucks/Raleys Parking Lot, 1st poker card draw Head-up Mt Rose Hwy (NV-431) over the summit, right on NV/CA-28 past Kings Beach. Turn right on CA-267 (N Shore Road) towards Truckee, CA for approx 10.3 miles. Turn Left on Brockway Road through roundabouts for approx. 1.0 mile to Truckee River Regional Park for potty break and 2nd poker card draw.
10:00am – Leave TRR Park turning right on Brockway road, turns to Bridge St. Right on Donner Pass Road until roundabout on CA-89. Travel approx. 23 miles to Sierraville and then left on CA-49, stop at highway turnout immediately after Sierraville for pictures and 3rd poker card.
Continue on US-49 for 4.7 miles past Statley. Continue, this is the fun part! The next 12.6 miles of dangerous curves ending at Bassets station (gas station/small store and highway maintenance station). The 4th poker card draw was at Bassets parking lot.
11:00am – Leave Bassets turning onto Gold Lake Hwy (CR-S620), travel approx. 7.6 miles to Gold Lake for pictures then continue for 15.4 miles to CA-89, entering Graeagle. Turn left on CA-89 for approximately 1.7 miles to Graeagle-Johnsville Road. Travel approx. 1.6 miles to Poplar Valley Road, turn right and travel straight to Plumas Pines Golf Course/ Longboard’s Bar and Grill for lunch! …and final poker card draw and prize award.
We surpassed our previous years count by having 20 cars and 40 people! We filled up the deck after arriving safely to our destination and anxiously waited lunch which was enjoyed by all and excitedly included a few new members on this journey. This year’s best poker hand was held by the English Family which was great as the basket not only had ‘adult’ items, (wine)but one of the gifts was an adorable Gund bear sporting a BMW sweater perfect for the kids! After enjoying a relaxed lunch on the outside deck overlooking the beautiful Plumas Pines Golf Course we all departed at 2:00 pm to head home on our own respected paths.
Until next year, happy and safe motoring!
Sharon Goodrich, Membership Chair