Tailgate

August 15-18, 2019

Ibis Migration #6 Report

Men­do­ci­no Cal­i­for­nia — Back to the Roots AGAIN!

We cranked things up past 11 for Ibis Migra­tion #6. And you know what? It was the best Migra­tion ever!

It was our third vis­it to the spec­tac­u­lar Men­do­ci­no Wood­lands and its rus­tic clus­ter of 46 cab­ins locat­ed deep in California’s coastal red­wood for­est. Per­fect weath­er greet­ed the sold-out Migra­tion, along with per­fect trail con­di­tions and an amaz­ing group of Ibisians. 

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Manda­to­ry morn­ing meet­ing – Chuck Ibis lays down the rules
"THE RIDING"

That's the underlying reason why we're all here, right?

"THE FOOD"

And oh my, the food this year. We took it into our own hands, enlist­ed the help of a few sea­soned pros in the kitchen, and knocked it way out of the park. Back this year for two encore din­ner per­for­mances after last year’s sin­gle night of culi­nary won­der­ment was Mr. Rob Hunter. Rob was accom­pa­nied by his wife Jill, daugh­ter Phoebe and sis­ter in law Mol­ly who worked on mouth-water­ing din­ners and even a lunch of deli­cious piz­za. All three meals were part­ly or com­plete­ly cooked in the wood fired oven that Rob car­ries with him on the back of his flatbed mobile kitchen.

"Breakfast and Lunch"

Pre­sid­ing over break­fast and lunch was recov­er­ing chef and cur­rent lawyer Phil Ben­der, tak­ing time off his busy law prac­tice to dust off his knives, whip out his recipe book and show a bunch of enthu­si­as­tic kitchen vol­un­teers how to pre­pare gourmet food for 130 or so hun­gry rid­ers. Thank you Phil, those were amaz­ing meals!

"MORNING (AND SOMETIMES AFTERNOON) YOGA"

Many migra­tors start each morn­ing with an invig­o­rat­ing yoga ses­sion by Abbie. Many oth­er migra­tors sleep in. 

"COFFEE!!"

While some intre­pid souls are doing Yoga, oth­ers are get­ting their morn­ing buzz with some of Espres­so Bob’s finest. Bob came all the way out from New Mex­i­co with his 3 group espres­so machine to pull shots for us. We were serv­ing Nos­sa Famil­ia Cof­fee, the offi­cial cof­fee roast­er of Ibis Migra­tions and many cycling events in Ore­gon. Also the offi­cial morn­ing drink of Chuck Ibis. 

"AROUND CAMP"
"SKILLS CLINICS"

Asa Shoe­mak­er, a BICP Lev­el 2 cer­ti­fied MTB Skills Coach, leads morn­ing and after­noon skills clin­ics at each Migra­tion. Here are a few shots of Asa teach­ing her stu­dents valu­able trail skills. Every­one came away from her clin­ics rav­ing about the improve­ment they see in their rid­ing. Also join­ing for skills clin­ics this year will be Bri­an Astell from Trail­Works. We’re psy­ched to have Bri­an and Asa back, and any­one who takes one of their clin­ics will come away a bet­ter rider. 

Except for a cou­ple of pho­tos poached from a pri­or migra­tion, these images are tak­en by fel­low migra­tor Jim Zachary. You can fol­low him on Insta­gram or on his web­site: https://​pho​to​s​from​thetrail​.com/

And final­ly BKXC of youtube fame doc­u­ment­ed the Migra­tion with his excel­lent film­ing and storytelling. 

"Mendocino Migration 2021"

The next Men­do­ci­no Migra­tion takes place August 19 – 22nd, 2021 (2020 has been cancelled). 

Reg­is­tra­tion opened Tues­day Feb 25th, 2020 at 9AM