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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 5, 2010

More Hailstorms - Friday

In cycling, there is either an atrocious energy sapping head-wind, or you are having a good day. Friday was a good day. At least it started well, going at an average speed of 30kph for the first hour. But then, the rain came and we got cold and wet. The issue with testing out our kit for America by bicycling around England is that the kit you need is different. If I was touring around Britain, I would invest in some leggings and some full length gloves, as well as a raincoat that is rain proof.

As it is though, our fingers freeze, our legs are tanned deep brown through over exposure, and we got extremely lost because the maps were all wet despite the supposed safety of my raincoat. Luckily in America, it should be warmer - the tan will be from the sun not the cold, and the maps (by the Adventure Cycling association) which we will be using are waterproof.

We stopped for lunch after 55kms and had a large burger and some soup, before setting off on the next 40kms through Bath and Bristol. Despite our navigation errors and the intervention of mother nature once again, we found our way to Backwell town by 5. This hailstorm had much larger iceblocks than the one the day before but luckily we found shelter in a petrol station, not a prickly hedge.

315kms now covered, in the past 4 days.

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