The Virginia Creeper Trail: the most scenic bike ride on the east coast?

first_imgStart in downtown Abingdon, VA, for a leisurely ride through rolling farmland. Along this section of the trail, it’s not uncommon to see grazing horses and cows. Some might even come right up to the fence to say hello!  The “lower” section also features the most stunning trestle bridges, and easy access to Abingdon Vineyards, a farm winery located along the South Holston River. Don’t feel like biking back to Abingdon? Schedule a shuttle pick up at any of several points along the way. The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the most accessible trails you’ll find, with plenty of outfitters, lodging and dining nearby. It’s equally popular with beginners and advanced riders; multiple entry points mean that you can enjoy an easy 2-hour ride, or challenge yourself with an all-day, 68-mile round trip. Although biking is popular with visitors, don’t forget that hiking and horseback riding are also permitted. Alternately,take a shuttle to Whitetop Station in Jefferson National Forest, to bike the“upper” section.   Then enjoy an easy 17-mile coast/pedal downthe mountain to Damascus, VA. Following the route of an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail is named for the steam engine that once chugged along it and for the Virginia Creeper vine that populates the area. With the abandonment of many railroads in the 1970s, a national movement gained momentum to convert train tracks into trails. A coalition of local citizens, government and the US Forest Service banded together to acquire the old railroad right-of-way, and thus the Creeper Trail was born in 1987. Forty-seventrestle bridges provide scenic views of the region’s creeks, farmland, and mountainforests. While technically considered a mountain biking trail, the VirginiaCreeper is well-maintained and consists mostly of crushed stone, so it can beeasily navigated on a hybrid or road bike. The 34-mile multi-use trail begins in Abingdon, a popular access pointat Mile Marker 0, and then carries on through rolling farmland to Damascus atMile 15.5. From there, the Virginia Creeper winds up to its highest point atWhitetop Station, winding through Appalachian hardwoods and alongside coldmountain streams filled with native brook trout.  After the trail, round out your trip with a stop at Wolf Hills Brewing in Abingdon, or make it a long weekend with a show at Barter Theatre, and live music at Bonefire Smoke House and Musictorium. Abingdon is a foodie destination, recently named Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today Travel.  This ridetakes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your pace. Stops along the wayinclude the old railroad station at Green Cove, operated by the US ForestService; check out the high trestle at Creek Junction, where the trail runsbeside some of the best trout fishing in Virginia. last_img read more

Five takeaways from ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard

first_imgBoth Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling knew there were huge expectations with the G1 Supercard event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.And they delivered. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAs a result, a few matches didn’t get as much time as they deserved. (Case in point: the three-way match between Bandido, Dragon Lee, and Taiji Ishimori which was nine minutes of non-stop fun, but should have gone another 5-10 minutes.)Plus, it was match after match with little to no downtime between them and sometimes you need to catch your breath a little and relax before amping it back up with another match. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe two companies joined forces with what turned out to be an excellent pay-per-view event by showcasing their strength of in-ring wrestling action on a big stage.Here are five takeaways from the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard:The “Rainmaker” is back on top where he belongsAfter his record 720-day reign as the IWGP heavyweight champion came to an end last year, It was time for Okada to get back on the top. That meant unseating Jay White who captured the title earlier this year from Hiroshi Tanahashi earlier this year after beating Okada at Wrestle Kingdom.When Okada won the New Japan Cup, the rematch was set and, as expected, the two delivered a fantastic match worthy of closing out the show with Okada hitting his signature Rainmaker to score the victory to the delight of fans.‘G1 SUPERCARD’ (April 6th) is now available on #NJPWWorld!!10TH MATCH: IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH @JayWhiteNZ(c) vs. @rainmakerXokada!!Don’t miss this amazing night of action on #ROH #g1supercard— njpwworld (@njpwworld) April 7, 2019Okada — now a 5-time IWGP heavyweight champion — felt out of place so far removed from the championship picture. While White is the future of NJPW, Okada is still the now; an incredible performer in his prime who continues to build a legacy as an all-time great.Naito and Ibushi steal the showLeading up to the event, this match stood out on an already crowded card with the possibilities of what these two Japanese stars could do.And they absolutely tore the house down.Tetsuya Naito and Kota Ibushi put on an athletic display, weaving together an incredible story of strong-style wrestling as they fought for the IWGP Intercontinental championship.Their chemistry was incredible as they traded hard-hitting moves — maybe too hard in some cases as both took hard falls on their heads. When Ibushi kicked out of Naito’s trademark Destino, the building came unglued with the “Golden Star” delivering a knee to the head to finally finish off Naito and take the title.This was NJPW pro wrestling at its finest and a perfect example of why the promotion’s popularity continues to grow around the world.Taven finally gets his signature winWhile Matt Taven has been claiming to be the “real” ROH world champion for nearly a year, he finally has the real deal after winning a brutally physical ladder match against Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll.YES!!!! @MattTaven gets his Bret Hart moment at @TheGarden. And your NEW @ringofhonor WORLD CHAMPION!!! #G1SuperCard— Kyle Stevens (@thekylestevens) April 7, 2019Taven has become the most polarizing figure in the company as a snarky heel and leader of The Kingdom. There are those who don’t believe he is championship material and is still lacking that certain something to make him a top star.But Taven has been putting in the hard work to get himself attention and become a standout figure. With the recent Ring of Honor defections, the company needs fresh faces in the main event picture more than ever and Taven fits the need and can easily grow into the role.Stilll, he’s going to have to win over a tough fan base with what he does over the next few months to prove he’s a rightful champion in a company where being a great wrestler is a must.ROH and NJPW are stronger togetherNo one can predict the wrestling landscape as it changes in ways that couldn’t have been predicted. That being said, it makes more sense than ever that ROH and NJPW continue what has become a very fruitful partnership.While the NJPW talent outshined their ROH counterparts at G1 Supercard, the company still benefits from working with ROH and putting on joint events as they look to expand in the U.S.And there’s no harm from ROH in taking a close second to NJPW when it comes to the in-ring action as they still put on fantastic work and get more eyeballs on their product in these joint events.These two companies are each stronger because they do work so well together. And let’s be honest — ROH, in particular, should protect this relationship and not let anyone else (AEW) get in the way.Too much of a good thingAs good as the G1 Supercard turned out, ROH and NJPW should take a page from NXT TakeOver events and scale back a little.Despite the main show going four and a half hours, it still felt rushed at times with 10 matches crammed onto the card. The show would have benefited from cutting back a match or two and better utilizing its time.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur star ‘close’ to signing new, long-term contract

first_img Alli captained Spurs in the Carabao Cup win over Watford Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Dele Alli is set to end speculation about his long-term future with Tottenham Hotspur by signing a new contract, according to reports.The England international has been linked with moves to Barcelona in the past after his meteoric rise from MK Dons.According to Sky Sports News however, the 22-year-old is set to commit his future to the north Londoners by signing a long-term deal. gameday cracker latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Spurs were hoping to convince Alli to join Harry Kane in signing a new deal after the England captain secured his future for the next six years.The midfielder is currently suffering with a hamstring injury, but has returned to first team training ahead of Spurs’ game with Manchester City.In fact, boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule the star out of Monday night’s clash with Manchester City out altogether.“It is good news but we need to careful,” he said. “We are happy that he started (to train) today with the group. We hope he will be available for Monday but we are not sure if he’ll be in the squad.” BEST OF center_img revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense Most Popular Football News 1 LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Alli signed for Spurs in 2015 in a £5million deal after rejecting a move to Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool side six months previously.The midfielder has scored 48 goals in 152 appearances for Spurs and established himself as an England regular with 31 caps.last_img read more