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No Reception

- Nick Alvarez

MISSION WORKSHOP x TAYLOR STITCH

01 / 05

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch

No Reception In The North Coast

There’s never a perfect time to escape. Chores, obligations, monetary deficits, or priorities—it seems the doldrums of the day to day too often take hold with gripping force. We can’t always hop on plane to the backcountry of the Chilcotins or ride ribbons of trails through the Alps; sometimes planning a trip can seem more complicated than landing a rover on Mars.

And in some instances even more so.

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

02 / 05

But on the rare occasion a trip can manifest itself without a formalized plan or strategy. The right players show up with the right gear and seem to have a rare abundance of time to spare. It’s like watching ripples forming from the wind blasting a sand dune. From a seemingly chaotic environment comes a perfectly organized pattern: from entropy emerges order. We’re not going to pretend to understand it, but that is what happened with this trip. A few emails were sent to a handful of folks and almost magically we were standing speechless in awe of Northern California coastal viewshed. No itinerary, no schedule, no obligations and no reception.

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

03 / 05

The trip was originally conceived as a way to test a few choice pieces of gear designed in collaboration between Taylor Stitch and Mission Workshop. A quick escape to our local backyard jaunts to do the things we’d be doing regardless: riding bikes, surfing, and camping. In the end, simply put, the trip was rad.

We started the journey by packing up the champion rig— a 1985 Volkswagen Doka—with five bikes, a hundred beers, two surfboards and grip of people in a seedy SF alley that is home to Mission Workshop’s warehouse. With stomachs full of cinnamon rolls and the anticipation of an adventurous and mayhem-filled weekend, we headed out up the coast. Back roads, a close encounter with a turtle in the road, and a quick stop to ride (poach?) a few choice lines found us scouting for waves and keeping fingers crossed for swells amidst daylight’s end.

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

04 / 05

The following day we had high expectations but were faced with conditions that were far less than ideal. Still, we paddled out with hopes of picking off a few corners. Bobbing out in the lineup, we shared the waters with curious harbor seals as we collected stories to be hung on our proverbial trophy room walls. Despite our best attempts, peeling breaks went all but south. In the end we passed time with good jokes, while trying to assess the anthropological importance of the Mendocino trimmigration.

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

03 / 05

After a night at the Navarro River mouth campground, we stopped in the relatively bustling (but actually sleepy) town of Fort Bragg for a bit of the morning’s catch— both battered and fried. Continuing north through the near desolation of Westport and Rockport, we traversed Usal road into the beginnings of the Lost Coast. Elk easily outnumbered our fellow campers for our last nights and we spent time forgetting chores, obligations, monetary deficits, and priorities. At this point, miles of trails were behind us, and we felt a peace that had almost been forgotten. This all would have been more than enough to top off our tanks, when we were finally graced with Mother Nature’s long awaited nod of approval, and wound up back in the water where she helped us conclude the trip with a few choice waves.

We started the journey by packing up the champion rig— a 1985 Volkswagen Doka—with five bikes, a hundred beers, two surfboards and grip of people in a seedy SF alley that is home to Mission Workshop’s warehouse. With stomachs full of cinnamon rolls and the anticipation of an adventurous and mayhem-filled weekend, we headed out up the coast. Back roads, a close encounter with a turtle in the road, and a quick stop to ride (poach?) a few choice lines found us scouting for waves and keeping fingers crossed for swells amidst daylight’s end.

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

Mission Workshop x Taylor Stitch Collaboration. 10 Pieces - 1 Field test. No Reception. Field Test Ft. Landon Masterfield, Derek Roedel, Ty Williams, Dustin Beatty, Sashwa Burrous, Justin Lewis, Michael Armenta, Brian Larson, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Yeti Coolers, Danner Boots, Clif Bar

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