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We are doing this ride to raise money for Research Autism. We are aiming to raise £20,000.
We are supporting Research Autism because my cousin Jamie is severely affected by the disease, and I have seen its effects not only on him but on the whole family." He is 13yrs old, but cannot yet talk.
Just take a moment to imagine not being able to talk.
Imagine understanding everything going on around you, but not being able to comment.
Imagine having to be dressed every morning in clothes you don't choose, and then hurting your parents as you try to tell them you wanted the blue shirt today.
Imagine being swamped by having to hear everything that everyone is saying around you, and not being able to listen to just one thing at once. Jamie loves being in a swimming pool, just floating, legs held motionless by the weight of the water, while he keeps his ears underwater to just relax, hearing nothing.
He understands everything - he appears to have a photographic memory - but can’t get his thoughts out.
Frustration leads to despair, and anger, which is just one of the many things that his family has to deal with.
He has extremely specific eating requirements and requires round the clock supervision. Jamie is at the severe end of the autistic spectrum, but given that one in 100 people suffer from the disease (with varying severity), and that everyone has some autistic traits, it is shocking that so little is known about it'.
Click here to support our cause and donate to Research Autism.
Read the "Meet Jamie" post - the only post in February, for more information about Jamie, and a poem - painstakingly slow for Jamie to type, but ultimately incredible.

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March 31, 2010

Hampton Court - Oxford 92kms

Driving from London to Oxford on any day is a chore. But at least when you drive, you are sheltered from the elements and can pass the time laughing at the misfortune of cyclists trying to cross the Chiltern's in the pouring rain.

But, today, Alex and I were those unfortunate cyclists! We battled against headwinds most of the way, rain a lot of the way, and I am sure I felt some snow. We are now the proud bearers of a serious tan - not from sun, but from an over-exposure to the other elements.

We managed to cover 92 kms (58miles) in just under 5 hours of riding. I took a couple of photo's, which will appear on this blog in due course although I must say now that the photo's will all just be of the good times - when it gets tough the camera is the last thing on your mind.

To Salisbury tomorrow, 90 more kilometres, but the weather outlook is better. We will sleep well tonight.

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