Simmons (right) with fellow “Bike America” rider Andrew Kenny on the beach in California.

This is way overdue, but if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll remember our story about (now former) VCU track and cross country runner Tyler Simmons’ quest to bike across the United States this summer to raise money for a paralyzed friend, Ricky Chang. I’m happy to report that not only did Simmons and two other riders complete the 3,700-mile trek, but they raised more than $22,000, $2,000 more than their original goal.

Of course, it was anything but easy. There was a near-manged ankle in the plains, an unforgiving headwind in Kansas and an impromptu root canal in Colorado, just to name a few of the pitfalls. But on July 17, forty-seven days after departing Manassas, Va., they hit the shore in San Francisco. Absolutely incredible.

If you want to read more about Simmons’ quest, you can read his blog from the trip HERE. You can also find a ton of photos of the ride HERE and HERE. Congrats to Simmons, Chang and everybody involved.