WALTHAM, Mass. — Brendan Walsh has conquered some pretty lofty goals.
“I was hiking the highest summit in each state of New England and cycling 700 miles between them,” he said.
The 28-year-old Waltham man just completed what he dubbed the “NE 6.”
He hiked the summit of the tallest peak in each New England state and rode his bike in between each one.
Walsh originally planned to drive in a car, but felt that wasn’t nearly as challenging.
“That didn’t really seem hard enough for me, so I figured I’d swap out the carbon emitting vehicle and put it on a bicycle run by me, which runs on apples and bananas,” Walsh said.
Walsh started at Mount Katahdin in Maine, then climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Mount Mansfield in Vermont, Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, Bear Mountain in Connecticut and he finished at Rhode Island’s Jerimoth Hill.
“I went for four days, 15 hours and 34 minutes. That’s what it took me to cover over 700 miles cycling and hiking some of the most brutal terrain New England has to offer,” he said.
Walsh set out on the grueling trek as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. He raised more than $2,000.
But, this wasn’t his first time raising money for charities.
In September 2020 he ran the length of Cape Cod, 100 miles, in less than 24 hours.
That’s nearly four marathons in a day.
In 2019 Walsh set a Guinness World Record for the fastest bike ride from the Canadian border in Maine to Key West, Florida. He accomplished the feat in 11 days and 9 and a half hours.
Walsh is reaching new heights on life’s journey, thanks to another epic challenge.
Walsh said he plans on another unique fundraiser, but isn’t ready to announce what that may entail.
You can follow Walsh at Bicyclebrendan.com.
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