G. C. Turner

From Wooljersey

George Chase Turner 3 February 1867 – 12 October 1941

Brother of R. W. Turner

George C. and W. R. Turner have recently returned from an enjoyable trip in Lake county. Starting from Petaluma they found fairly good roads to Cloverdale. The trip from Cloverdale was through picturesque country, the road following the windings of Russian river in a deep canyon. A climb up the Pieta grade - an excellent road, shaded by the red woods - brought them to the toll-house, from which the descent to Highland Springs was gradual. A few miles further on to Kelseyville completed the second-days' trip.

The next day was spent at Soda Bay, on the shores of Cedar Lake, enjoying beautiful scenery and exhilarating atmosphere. From Lakeport to Saratoga Springs, Laurel Dell and the Blue lakes and over to Ukiah took the next day, allowing ample stops at the springs and Blue lakes. After an hour's boating the start was made for Ukiah. On the road to Ukiah the dust averaged six inches in depth.

From Mendocino's county seat an early start was made for Cloverdale, traveling through a fine country and over good roads. From Cloverdale to the Geysers was a climb up a steep grade and both wheelmen were glad when the trip was over. From the Geysers a short climb brought them to the summit, where drags of brushwood were attached to the wheels and the descent made at a rapid pace.

After reaching level country a feeling of relief was experienced after the excitement of whirling around mountain gorges of precipitous inclines.

A short spin over good roads to Calistoga brought them to their next stopping-place. A few hours' travel via the Petrified forest and Santa Rosa completed the trip, which was thoroughly enjoyed by both. The weather was excellent, cool, clear mornings for riding and fine starlight evenings. The whole distance traveled was 265 miles, taken in easy stages. Any one desiring a week's outing on the wheel for health and pleasure and having an eye for the beautiful they advise to go to Lake county, away from the fogs and winds of the Coast and into as balmy and bracing air as can be found in the State.

THE NATIONAL CIRCUIT RACES. - The San Francisco Examiner, 09 Nov 1895