The last Ibis Migration was delayed a year due to COVID, and we managed to squeak in ‘ol Migration number 7 during the pandemic’s brief lull last summer. And we pulled it off before Delta and Omicron reared their ugly spiked heads. Phew!
It was our fourth migratory trip to the spectacular Mendocino Woodlands and its rustic cluster of 46 cabins located deep in California’s coastal redwood forest. Perfect weather greeted us again, with ideal trail conditions and an amazing group of Ibisians.
Let’s take a look at what happened in Mendocino…
The food, oh my the food!
A hallmark of an Ibis Migration is the food (ok, the riding, the beverages and the people too). Our 2019 crew knocked it completely out of the park. We got the band back together for 2021, and once again they delivered!
Lunch and dinner duties were handled by Rob Hunter, his wife Jill, and Scot’s wife Sheryl Chapman. We also had a crack crew of Ibisian volunteers helping with prep and clean-up.
Rob brought his wood-fired oven that lives on the back of his flatbed Sprinter, preparing delicious meals for our crew of hungry riders.
Breakfast was handled by Phil Bender, who flew in from Pittsburgh PA, grabbed his gigantic Red Rover RV and drove it to Mendocino. Red Rover also served as the model for this year’s t‑shirt and the Klean Kanteen drinkware that every attendee received. We’d like to thank Phil for 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 80 or so hungry riders.
Phil once again upped the ante on breakfast and afternoon snacks, also helping with our afternoon cocktail. Thanks to all our breakfast helpers too. Y’all got up early!
Many migrators start each morning with an invigorating yoga session by Abbie. Many other migrators sleep in. After all, someone has to party till 1 AM and put out the fire.
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 Colorado 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 in attendance this year to help Bob pull shots was Nossa owner and founder Augusto Carneiro.
"Random people shots"
For Migration number 7 we asked attending Ibisians to bring their vintage iron to display one afternoon. We had a good number of bikes show up, and each person told us a story about their bikes.
Scot brought an old Schwinn he built in the 70’s and used to ride on these trails before he built his first Ibis, just a couple miles as the crow flies from this spot.
One of the traditions that we’ve integrated into the Migrations over the years is the afternoon refresher after our daily bike ride(s). This usually involves your choice of a special ‘cocktail by Chuck’ or your choice of wine or beer. Or all three if you wish, we’re not judging.
Couple that with some hang out time and some delicious snacks, and you’ve got yourself some happy people.
"Mendocino Migration 2022"