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

Commission calls for full reopening of borders within EU

first_imgJohansson said she was “very happy” to see EU nations beginning to end border checks and open up the EU and Schengen passport-free area again as spread of COVID-19 was stemmed.As the summer tourist season approaches, several nations, including France and Belgium, have announced the reopening of their borders, with more European nations, including Germany, set to follow suit on June 15. Italy did so on Wednesday.But despite efforts to coordinate, the moves have been decided piecemeal at national level.A decision is yet to be taken on reopening the European Union’s external borders. The European Commission on Thursday called on EU member states to lift all border restrictions by the end of June, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Euronews, saying the virus situation was “fast improving” in many countries.”We are coming very close to a situation where we should lift all the internal border restrictions and border checks,” EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told Euronews, speaking on the eve of a videoconference of European interior ministers.”Tomorrow I’m going to propose that the member states should lift all the internal border checks as soon as possible, and I think a good date should be the end of June,” she added. France, Spain and Italy are among the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Class-action status granted lawsuit over kids’ seclusion

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit targeting Iowa’s use of seclusion and restraints at a state home for male juvenile offenders has been granted class-action status.The lawsuit filed in November 2017 by two advocacy groups says the school is failing to provide adequate mental health care to the boys and instead is administering powerful drugs without proper oversight or consent. The lawsuit alleges that the boys at Boys State Training School in Eldora are given medications “as a behavioral management tool” the groups likened to a chemical straitjacket.The Des Moines Register reports that class-action certification means that, if the lawsuit is successful, required fixes would likely be more holistic in their approach.State attorneys argued unsuccessfully that allowing the lawsuit to proceed as class-action litigation is overly broad and vague.last_img read more


first_imgThere are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound card at Lifford Stadium.The runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Colarhouse Coco; 2, Ballylaw Ace; 3, Road to Haven; 4, Gash Louis; 5, Accordian Ed; 6, Heathers Girl. Race 2 Novice 350 (350 yards): 1, Hather Jill; 2, Hanoras Grace; 3, Colarhouse Hope; 4, Torrent Brae; 5, Titanic Legacy; 6, Scolari Nero.Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Kelsies Rosie; 2, Wholly Merry; 3, Revtec Lara; 4, Wilma; 5, Fernhill Travis; 6, Had It All.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Cailin Or; 2, Crash My Dream; 3, Whiteys Flynn; 4, Whitehill Gertie; 5, Killacolla Babe; 6, Ballymoss Ace.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Blackstone Maxx; 2, Croker Dazzler; 3, Castlegore Rock; 4, Get There Terry; 5, Tahina Oscar; 6, Beraghill Money. Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Eves Fancy; 2, Leave It be; 3, Tahina Audie; 4, Millview Fox; 5, Pacific Moth; 6, Mullrook Danaher.Race 7 (575 yards): 1, Altmore Champ; 2, Tahina Ace; 3, Turbine Tulip; 4, Glebe Flyer; 5, Mongys Girl; 6, Dirt Bird.Race 8 Novice 750 (750 yards): 1, Personal Fantasy; 2, Total Motion; 3, Bua Pakie; 4, Maid of More; 5, Dance Carla; 6, Ceol Na Nean.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Oghill Surprise; 2, Tahina Ned; 3, Best Par; 4, Imperial Trank; 5, Westminster Bric; 6, Crash the Party.Race 10 (525 yards): 1, Castlegore Missy; 2, Smurfing Manx; 3, Edenvale Maeve; 4, Hather Bonnie; 5, Izzys Girl; 6, Dartrey Snow. Race 11 (550 yards): 1, Townsend Panter; 2, Black Hope; 3, Flaming Jenny; 4, Spotty Totty; 5, Tullna Island; 6, Slow to Engage.Race 12 (575 yards): 1, Triangle Tilly; 2, Thunder Castle; 3, Dardanella; 4, Kagawa; 5, Flimsy Truth; 6, Corner Plane.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more