#mypubliclandsroadtrip stops by Meadowood, Virginia, on the way to Washington, D.C.

The Mason Neck peninsula, approximately 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., is also the site of Gunston Hall - historic home of George Mason IV, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights. Additional public lands on Mason Neck include the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mason Neck State Park, and Pohick Bay Regional Park.

Also nearby, the BLM manages the 800-acre Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area for recreation, environmental education, and wild horse and burro interpretation. The Meadowood Trail System includes dynamic  multiple use trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking–making it the perfect stop to recreate on your way to tour the Nation’s Capitol.

Habitat is provided for migratory and resident waterfowl, bald eagle, nesting, feeding, and roosting, and enhancement of species diversity for a variety of wildlife, including blue heron, wood ducks, wood ducks, screech owls, bluebirds, and tree frogs.


I’m in the military and I travel quite a bit. Well at one of our port calls I went for a bike ride. After of about an hour of riding I came across this strange town. Surrounded by forest and road leading to it besides the bike trail. I looked around for quite some time and something was off. Not a single person was there. Not only that but these houses showed no sign of anyone ever living in them for years.
The street signs were rusted white and the grass was patchy and dead
I looked inside some houses and found graffiti covering some of the walls. Most of it was illegible or in another language.
I stayed until nightfall to keep exploring until I saw a dark figure standing on the edge of the sidewalk behind me.
I immediately left to get back to my ship. I would have gone back but we were recalled back out to sea a few days later


This week we will be featuring images and tales from a 10 day self-supported bikepacking expedition through the Republic of Georgia’s high Caucasus Mountains with Yeti Cycles ambassador’s @joeyschusler, @rossmeasures, @sam_seward and Bike Magazine’s Editor @bricemag. Stay tuned. The full film and @bikemag digital feature will be online tomorrow. #TheTrailToKazbegi Photo by: @rossmeasures by yeticycles