I boast to myself often, and sometimes to co-workers, that I have the best commute in New Jersey! My name is Sam Gilbert, and I bicycle several days a week from Middlesex Borough to the Johnson and Johnson campus in New Brunswick. Approximately 6 miles of my 9 mile commute is along the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath. I enter the towpath at the Queen’s Bridge in South Bound Brook, and exit it at the Landing Lane Bridge. And, it is a truly a pleasurable ride.
I average 70 or 80 bike commutes a year, excluding the winter. Though I carry rain gear in my back pack when the weather is “iffy,” I tend to ride on days when the weather reports are favorable. And, in case you’re wondering, I do have access to a shower at work!!
An added treat is the wildlife I enjoy along the canal. A casual birder, I have seen herons, osprey, a great Horned Owl, a Bald Eagle and more! Deer are a given. But, raccoons, foxes, squirrels, muskrats are also to be seen. And then, there are the beavers.
In the past few years, there has been a population explosion of Beavers in NJ. I’ve seen few of them along the canal in the past. But this year, beavers are swimming in the canal almost every day! There is beaver hut on the bank of the canal approximately 100 yards south of the footbridge near where Demott Lane meets the canal. A beaver is often seen in this area, and I see another near the Landing Lane Bridge. I suspect there is a beaver hut in this area.
“The best bicycle commute in NJ? OK, maybe I exaggerate, but only slightly. I REALLY do enjoy my ride. Perhaps some other NJ Bike commuters will share their experiences of cycling to work. If there is a better bicycle commute than mine, I’d sure like to read about it.
Post written by guest blogger, S. Gilbert. Photos by guest blogger, S. Gilbert