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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 25, 2010

Morning of day two

Now we are rested I can go into further detail of our exploits of day one! To be expected our departure time of 8am was far too ambitious, the last minute packing and organising took a long time. However at around 10 o clock, on a gloriously sunny day, we finally set off on our epic adventure. Getting out of New York and across the Washington Bridge, is far more complicated than one would think. Although NY is very regimented in the way it is set out, it is not the most cycle friendly, however after a lot of 'direction asking' of the locals we got out of New York and headed south to Princeton. It was very interesting how as we went through the different boroughs how the race changes and in some cases completely dominates the area. For example as we rode through Union city, just south of Newark airport, Hispanics dominate the area. We stopped to ask for directions several times, and yet most people we asked barely understood English. Also there were areas completely dominated by the black community.

As we started so late in the day and we had had problems with navigating our way out of NY, we were making slow progress, by 5pm we had only covered about 45 miles of the 75 we needed to reach Princeton. We forged on seeing how far we could get by 7pm, however come 7pm, we still had about 20 miles to go and it was getting dark. We were looking for a place to stay for the night, as Princeton seemed too far off. However as the area we are in is still fairly urban, stealth camping is fairly difficult, and there is a surprising lack of motels. On the cusp of darkness, we quizzed a local to see if it was viable to go all the way to Princeton and he pointed us onto a road that would take us directly there, so we decided to brave cycling in the dark and went for it. At roughly 9pm we arrived at Princeton where we had a bed with two fellow OE's, who were kind to put us up. It was a very long day but we covered a good distance, and all our preparation is finally being put to the test, so all in all a good first day!

Today we will ride to Philadelphia, which is roughly 45 miles, so a more relaxed day today(but it is dark and raining outside as i write this!).

1 comment:

  1. there i was expecting to achieve fame and fortune in the reflected glory of putting you guys up, but all we get for our troubles is "two OE's". shocking. and after pancakes as well...:P
    hope you lads are still going strong, and your groins are still were looking fairly sexy in those shorts, so i also hope you have not been raped.
    much love
    James (& Alex. but he's sleeping right now, the lazy git)