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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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April 1, 2010

Hail in April!

Today we cycled from Oxford to a small village on Salisbury plain - 83kms in 5 hours of cycling. The morning was cold, but clear which made cycling much easier, and meant that I got the camera out a couple of times - to photograph interesting road signs - the photo's will appear some time next week. We had a good pizza and a long lunch in Hungerford, before setting out on the last 20 miles.

I cannot remember the last time there was a hail storm, let alone in April! After trying to outride what can only be described as a "severe" storm, which was an inevitable failure, we dived towards shelter on the side of the road in the form of a very prickly bush! After the storm had subsided and the hail had been replaced by rain, we set off again.

The last 20 miles, excluding the hail storm, was tough. A fairly strong headwind really took its toll on our usual "blistering" pace. Going the wrong way a couple of times over the hills of the south west didn't exactly help our cause. However, although it sounds as though we had a torrid time, all in all it was actually a good day. We got some good miles under our belt and tested all our gear to the max.

Tomorrow we will ride on to Bristol.

Alex and Will

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