Thomsons complete cross-country journey

CourtesyFacing page, left: The Thomson brothers arrived in Concord on Tuesday to a hero’s welcome at the State House. We were there to document it. (Photo by Jon Bodell). Right: Signs all over town (like the one at Concord High) were showing support for Derek and Dylan as they rode into town last week. This page, top left: Of course they were going to take a picture as they crossed into New Hampshire. It sure is a great sign. Top right: During the final leg on Saturday, the Thomsons took a little ride with Connolly. Bottom right: Just look at all those people who rode with the Thomsons on Saturday. Talk about having the support of the community. Way to go guys!
The Thomson brothers arrived in Concord on Tuesday to a hero’s welcome at the State House. We were there to document it. (JON BODELL / Insider staff)
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
Derek and Dylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund. (Courtesy)
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
Of course they were going to take a picture as they crossed into New Hampshire. It sure is a great sign. (Courtesy)
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
Signs all over town (like the one at Concord High) were showing support for Derek and Dylan as they rode into town last week. (Courtesy)
Derek and Dylan Thomson spent 46 days this summer riding their bikes across the country for the Connolly Tough Fund. During the 4,500-mile journey, the Concord brothers raised about $25,000 for the former Concord High School principal doing what they called Cycling the US For ALS. The Thomsons began their journey on May 23 in San Francisco and finished the long and arduous ride  Saturday with a final leg on their bikes – joined by family, friends and supporters – from Concord to Seabrook. It wasn’t an easy ride, as the brothers survived bike problems, health issues and interesting sleeping arrangements, but they finally did it.
Just look at all those people who rode with the Thomsons on Saturday. Talk about having the support of the community. Way to go guys! (Courtesy)
Courtesy—Derek and Sylan Thomson finally completed their 4,500 mile journey across the country to benefit the Connolly Tough Fund
During the final leg on Saturday, the Thomsons took a little ride with former Concord High principal Gene Connolly. (Courtesy)

Derek and Dylan Thomson spent 46 days this summer riding their bikes across the country for the Connolly Tough Fund. During the 4,500-mile journey, the Concord brothers raised about $25,000 for former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly doing what they called Cycling the US For ALS. The Thomsons began their journey on May 23 in San Francisco and finished the long and arduous ride Saturday with a final leg on their bikes – joined by family, friends and supporters – from Concord to Seabrook. It wasn’t an easy ride, as the brothers survived bike problems, health issues and interesting sleeping arrangements, but they finally did it.

Here’s a collection of scenes from their homecoming.

Author: Insider Staff

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