By: Sherman Wright
He was met along the route by Balymena native Sherman Wright who was bowled over by the inspiring story.
Mr Thompson said he had just arrived in Ireland and he was expecting his route to become “a lot more hilly” ofver the coming days.
Mr Thompson said: “It’s wonderful and the people are lovely, they’re really friendly.”
Wright said he was particularly moved by Mr Thompson’s story because his nephew Darren also had cerebral palsy.
Asked how he deals with the long distances, Mr Thompson said: “I’m good with dealing with the pain, it allows you to go on forever. It took me five years of progression to get to that stage.
“I would like to get sponsored to do longer cycles. I would like to take the whole year and do big distances.”