High on Hops: Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour

first_imgBeer lovers and bike lovers both find plenty to appreciate about the state of Vermont, and now those passions can be combined in a craft beer-themed Trek Bike Tour. Trek has long been respected by professional and amateur cyclists for innovation and performance, and fans of the brand can take Trek Travels cycling vacations all over the world. And what better way to end a long day of cycling than with a local, craft beer?That’s why Vermont is an ideal location for a cycling tour with a craft beer focus. The picturesque countryside and vibrant beer scene are expertly combined in the Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour.The six-day, five-night excursion winds through the gorgeous Vermont countryside, including the famous forests of the Green Mountains. The quaint villages of Middlebury, Waitsfield and Stowe are notable waypoints scattered amid the picturesque farmland. The daily rides range between fourteen and forty-two miles and are tailored to what Trek Travel calls “recreational” riders, those who can handle up to 2,000 foot climbs and consider themselves reasonably active fitness or commuter cyclists.For those who want a bit more (or a bit less) out of their experience, several days feature “short” or “avid” options, allowing cyclists to customize the daily rides.When you’re not pedaling up hills or cruising beside rivers, you’ll be drinking beers from some of the state’s most acclaimed and beloved breweries. Expect to sample Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Lost Nation Brewing, Rock Art Brewery and Otter Creek Brewing along the way. Riders who imbibe any of Lawson’s beers with “Sunshine” in the name (Sip of Sunshine, Double Sunshine or Triple Sunshine) will be highly rewarded for their day’s effort.The nightly accommodations are cozy boutique hotels that reflect the local culture and traditions while still offering modern amenities. Of course, after a hard day of riding and beer drinking, a comfortable bed will probably be the most important feature.There are two options for attending Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour in 2015. The two expeditions conveniently bookend the Vermont Brewers’ Festival held in Burlington on July 17-18. If previous years are any indication, expect tickets to that event to sell out rapidly once they go on sale May 15.The cost to experience Trek Travels’ Vermont Brewery Edition Bike Tour is $2299 per person and includes the daily activities, many meals, hotel accommodations, your guide and (of course) access to Vermont beer and Trek bikes and gear.Interested riders can register now at TrekTravel.com. Kentucky Breweries are Plowing Ahead on the Bourbon Trail Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking last_img read more

Yemen UN aid chief welcomes 1 billion funding pledge as humanitarian crisis

“I reiterate the Secretary-General’s statement welcoming the generous $1 billion pledge by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to support humanitarian action in Yemen, as well as their commitment to raise an additional $500 million from other donors in the region,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said Tuesday.Saudi Arabia and the UAE agreed with the UN that $930 million would be transferred by 31 March, in support of the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) – with the clear stipulation that the funds be used on humanitarian need alone.The two countries would also provide an additional $70 million to support port rehabilitation and infrastructure in the country as part of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations Plan issued by the Saudi-led coalition in January 2018.The funds represent almost one-third of the YHRP $2.96 billion requirement.“Once converted,” Mr. Lowcock said, “the pledge will reduce hunger, contain disease, maintain essential health, water and education services and relieve the suffering of millions of Yemenis across the country.”“If fully funded,” he continued “the UN and its partners will provide, among other assistance, emergency food to more than 8.5 million Yemenis, nutritional services to 5.6 million children, pregnant women and mothers, and safe water to 5.4 million people.The UN and its partners will also rehabilitate more than 1,400 schools and 650 health facilities destroyed by the ongoing conflict.Mr. Lowcock thanked both countries for moving forward with the “generous and much needed infusion of funds.”“I hope this generosity will encourage more donors to contribute to the YHRP, including ahead of the international pledging conference on Yemen to be held in Geneva on 3 April,” he added.A record 22.2 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance – 3.4 million more than last year.“I call on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law by protecting civilians and civilian infrastructure and facilitating rapid, safe and unfettered humanitarian access to Yemen and within the country,” stressed Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.While brave humanitarians are committed to saving lives, only a political solution and an end to the conflict will stop the suffering of the Yemeni people.“We renew our call on all parties to cease hostilities and to engage meaningfully with the United Nations to achieve a lasting political settlement,” concluded Mr. Lowcock. read more