BOURNE — Start, perhaps, at a place of beginnings.
Where the morning light first eclipses the horizon; where the one-ton slabs of granite first gave the waterway its shape and protection; where the Cape Cod Canal begins.
There are dozens of places a bicyclist can access the 13-plus miles of paths hugging each side of the canal, none better than the breakwater announcing its start at Scusset Beach State Reservation on the mainland part of the cape.
Here, families and couples dodge the whip of the fishermen’s casts and hopscotch across the half-mile long jetty, which rises 8 feet above high tide and sinks into a massive 62-foot-wide base. Underfoot are mined chunks of Maine and Cape Ann, first placed in the summer of 1909. That’s 286 years after Plimoth Colony’s Myles Standish initially proposed the building of a canal across the isthmus of the cape.
The breakwater is the oldest element of the canal, which was completed in 1914 and is celebrating its centennial with a series of events this week.
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