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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.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

March 30, 2010

Test Ride

Having delayed our south west tour of the UK, we had the opportunity to use the day to test out all our new gear. We cycled to richmond park and used the clear roads to get up some speed and really put our bikes to the test! The bikes performed really well with only minor glitches involving the mud guards. Breaking for a hour or so for lunch (and for the torrential rain to pass), we headed back home, whereupon we dried ourselves off and headed out again to do some MORE shopping! This time a camera was on our wish list. After scouting around on the internet we decided to go for a Fuji f72 ( for most people the "fuji f72" will mean nothing but it is a great camera, more that adequate for snapping shots of the statue of liberty and the golden gate bridge!) We managed to bargain a good price and cant wait to start using them.

All in all a really productive day, even if our rapidly diminishing bank accounts have taken yet another hit!

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