On Memorial Day, Josh Nagy and his dad, Carl Nagy-Koechlin of Carruth Street, set off on a 3,600-mile cross-country bicycle trip from Anacortes, Washington. They will spend the next 8 weeks riding through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, New York State, and, finally, home to Massachusetts.
Josh, who will be graduating from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science, and his 61-year-old father, are on a mission to raise funds to end homelessness. They have named their journey “Riding for Home.” As of this week, they had already raised over $10,000 for the Pine Street Inn and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
“We’re excited to see the country at about 12 miles per hour, during which we’ll meet people from all walks of life,” said Nagy-Koechlin, who runs a Cambridge-based nonprofit community development agency. “Americans are divided about so many things but I think most people believe that, in the richest country on earth, everyone should have a safe and affordable place to live.”
Added Josh: “We are so excited to take this opportunity, as I go off to college and into the world, to combine our passion for cycling with a cause that we both connect with. I genuinely can't wait to meet tons of my fellow Americans who have lived all sorts of different lives from me and get to know them well on this journey.”
If you would like to track their progress and, hopefully, join their cause, visit ridingforhome.org.