Ibis Migration # 5 Report

Mendocino California - Back to the Roots

August 16th - 19th, 2018

Coastal California has always held a special allure for Ibis. From our current digs in laid-back Santa Cruz to the early years in rural Sonoma County, we’ve always been drawn to the rugged coastline and dramatic forests of the West Coast.  

Once again we decided to bring our extended family – both dedicated Ibis riders and the I-curious – to Mendocino, the place where it all began for Ibis. Adventurers from all over the map traveled to the Mendocino Woodlands, a historically significant cluster of rustic cabins nestled within the redwood sprawl of Jackson State Demo Forest. 

Scot Nicol founded Ibis only a couple miles away from here back in 1981, and indeed some of the trails we rode during the Migration came within hucking distance to the place where Scot built the first Ibises in a funky shed back in the day. 

There were few trails then, but thanks to the Mendocino Coast Cyclists and the Steam Donkey Trail Crew, that has changed dramatically. These dedicated dirt diggers have carved dozens of miles of sinuous trails that wind among, and sometimes even through, the majestic redwoods. 

The next Mendocino Migration takes place August 15th-18th 2019. We'll be annoucing all the details very soon. In the mean time, peruse last year's event to give you a taste of what to expect.

Miles and miles of this. That's why we're here, right?

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Our accommodations were in rustic cabins built in the 1930's out of redwood. Each cozy cabin had a fireplace and a balcony...along with a boatload of old-world charm.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Some of us choose to do yoga every morning in the gorgeous meeting hall. Abbie Durkee is our esteemed leader. She specialized in Yoga for cyclists.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

After coffee and breakfast, we'd gather for a brief inspirational speech and then split up into various ride groups. Actually the speech wasn't that inspirational, we are kidding about that part.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Did we mention, miles and miles of this?

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

This is a very big 1200 year old redwood tree, found on the curiously named Big Tree Trail.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

One of our favorite trails, called Forest History.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Freshly tuned demo bikes, ready for your riding pleasure.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Last year we had two Brians teaching skills each day, Brian Lopes and Brian Astell.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Here's 4 time World Champion Lopes showing how to ride a swichback.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Teaching the youngsters early about massive air.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

It's not every day you get skills instruction from one of the winningest mountain bikers on the planet. Here's Mr. Lopes talking technique.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Chuck emerges from the shadows.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Happy campers.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Saris Mercanti, Ibis' marketing manager, rides past the steam donkey at the bottom of the steam donkey trail.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Father and son time after the ride.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Millennials are very confused when they see this.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Don't eat the banana slugs.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Come and ride the emerald magic carpet.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Chuck Ibis trying to look shreddy.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

After we ride, it's time to socialize.

Photo: Josh Sawyer

Our friends at Goguette Bakery in Santa Rosa made us some custom loaves of their delicious miche.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Each afternoon and evening, there were plenty of thirst quenching beverages.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

We'd also prepare some special snacks each afternoon. Local bread, cheese and padron peppers here.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Demo man Nate helps out Doctor Deb with her demo bike. We brought the entire west coast fleet, including his small Ripley, hot off the press, made in Santa Cruz.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Each afternoon, we have a special cocktail.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Good times at the cocktail station.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Only the freshest ingredients for our food and our cocktails

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Here's your cocktail.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Andy Grayson showed some style by bringing his vintage 90's steel Mojo for getting around camp. And he made us all jealous.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

Even the kids were shredding.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Now, it's time for dinner.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

We were lucky enough to have local Mendocino County Chef Rob Hunter cook for us one night last year. Rob's food is/was amazing, and he's back for both nights in 2019.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Fresh padrons.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Color!

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Mmmmmm, garbanzo beans.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Nothing says party like a magnum. Scot raided his cellar for us.

Photo: Saris Mercanti

Each night after dinner, we'd gather for a nice campfire.

Photo: Nicholas Haig-Arack

We always save dessert for last. See you in August!

Photo: Saris Mercanti