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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

April 27, 2010

Bad things come in three's...

..Is something my god-mother likes to say. Today, if you completely ignore the rain which only stopped for ten minutes (all taken up fixing a puncture), we had three bad things - a silly error with directions added 10kms to the route, Alex then took a tumble on a hectic bridge, and we followed this up with a puncture each. The clouds are still inches above our heads - we haven't seen the sun for 2 days - but we are well nonetheless.

Having vowed last night not to ever have another "cheese steak" (Pennsylvanian delicacy), at lunch we came to the little known town of Hook Marcus, and went to Connolly's Pub, where it was the only thing on the menu! Luckily, this was far better than the Philadelphia variety, and lifted our resolve enough to face the pouring rain once more.

Along the way, we rode on the Rosa Parks memorial highway and past a former house of Marrtin Luther King (we think) - but did not stop as we could barely see through the driving rain and were on a low after our second puncture.

We reached Perryville at 7.20, which put us 2 miles away from Havre de grace - our aim - but then we came upon a bridge which was illegal for us to cross whether walking or by bike. We asked around for an alternative route, and found one - but the small matter of it being 23 extra miles was an issue. We were searching for a place to camp in Perryville, with limited success, and so found a pick-up to take us the 2 miles to Havre de Grace. We figured that the extra 10 mile square we completed earlier was sufficient punishment for this short cut, and it also means that we should reach Washington tomorrow - 85 miles away.

At the bottom of the right column is the beginning's of a stats table if you are interested.

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