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Stranger Than Paradise--A Labor Day Romp



Remember Jim Jarmusch's 1984 cult classic film Stranger Than Paradise?   On this Labor Day holiday and not unlike the central characters in the film we will embark on a chill mid morning romp to visit our own Paradise, in reverse, and unearth a few unlikely gems along the way.  We'll take the little climb up Beach Road on Belvedere Island; photo op at the built in bench and the ruins, site of The Lava House, the demolished property of an eccentric owner, Jerry Ganz,  who imported lava rocks from Hawaii at a considerable fortune to build the foundation.  The house never went up;  only the garage was completed.   After 10 years of construction, litigation with the city of Belvedere, staunch neighborhood opposition and actual battles with the persistent and powerful seawater waves that hammered at the structure day and night the task of  transforming lava rocks into a steady foundation proved too insurmountable for the owner and he finally gave  up and left the contiguous 4 lot property abandoned for more than 30 years. 

Photo Credits:  Stranger Than Paradise 1984.   (Here is the imDb Stranger Than Paradise trailer)

After the ride, join us for a "Ride Thru" of Amy's Drive thru in Mill Valley.  We have lots of $10 off coupons from our Marin Century sponsor,  Amy's Drive Thru.  Menu

Monday, September 4, 2023, 10:15 AM
MV Bike Path Turnabout (near SASM Southern Marin Sewerage Agency)
Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin
450 Sycamore Avenue
Mill Valley, CA  94941

Additional Info:
Margie Baer
Cat Herder-in-chief
4153789371 (p)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Meet at 10:15AM/ wheels roll at 10:30 AM
Meet at Mill Valley bike Path Turnabout @ Southern Marin Sewerage Agency 450 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941.

Regroups and Stops
1) Parking and bathrooms at Sewerage Agency; additional parking at Hauke Park Public Restrooms parking lot, 1 Hamilton Dr, Mill Valley CA 94941; next to the Southern Marin Fire Station
2) Blackie's pasture public bathrooms (mi 5)
3) Corte Madera Town Park, Pixley Avenue side (mi 22).Rain Cancels
Must Register, members and non-members

12-13.5 mph average (15-16 mph on the flats)
Please upload the route to your bike computer or print out a route sheet
There are lots of turns on this route; if you are not familiar with the route please stay with the guide.
Attendees pay for their own charges