I was born and raised in South River, NJ, son of a local business owner and the youngest of four kids. I got my first bike when I was about 6 years old, and quickly took to exploring the neighborhood with my best friend who lived next door.
I rode quite a bit in grade school and high school before getting my driver’s license. My friends and I would even bike down to Point Pleasant and Seaside on the weekends. After graduating from South River High School, I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers. In college I took up skiing avidly, and did not bicycle much in those years. For my first job after college, I worked as a test engineer at the RCA space craft manufacturing facility in East Windsor, NJ (sadly no longer there). I tested electrical systems on satellites, and got to do some traveling to launch sites.
In 1996, I went to China for the launch of a communications satellite. I got to stay on a military base in rural China, which was quite an experience to say the least. On that trip I remember waking up in Cheng Du and Xi Chang and seeing armies of commuters on bicycles as the locals made their way to work each day – quite a sight! On my way home from China, I stopped in Hawaii and coasted down Maui’s Mount Haleakala by bike, which was a breath-taking experience. Around the same time I did the NYC Five Boros ride. That was an easy ride, except for the last leg where we peddled across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. I also used to pack up my bike and head down to Island Beach State Park in the summers pretty frequently. I would time my excursion to coincide with low tide so I could bike on the wet sand all the way to jetty across from the Barnegat lighthouse inlet.
In the early 2000’s, I met my wife, who is not really into biking because she had a nasty fall off a bike as a child (but I hope to get her out this year on the Wednesday Tow path rides). We spent a few years relocating around the country for various jobs—Dallas, TX, for two years; Rochester, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA, for roughly another two years. After all the moving we had enough and decided to come back to NJ – in short we were homesick.
I am currently working as a product engineer at Finisar in Horsham, PA. This past summer I joined the company team for the 60 mile MS ride in Gettysburg, PA. If you like hills go to Gettysburg!
I have been with PFW since early 2013 and without the club’s help I honestly do not think I could have embraced bicycling fully again. I thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie of the members and the feeling of road safety that traveling in a group provides. It’s been great fun getting back in shape again. Favorite rides include Andy’s Friday from Pennington (so convenient since I live there), and Roland’s & Pat’s Saturday Tri County.