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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 26, 2010

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We have been into 3 States out of a probable total of 14, so we are doing really well! The catch is that we still have over 3000 miles to go. We have done just over 120 miles in the last two days, a tough 78 miles yesterday down to Princeton and an easier 45 miles today.

We spent the morning in Princeton, and in fact only left at 2 in the afternoon after a pile of PJ's pancakes. We stayed last night with two friends from our year at school who are now working with the Princeton choir, thank you again to James and Alex for having a space for us and thanks for the pancakes. This morning we sorted out the route to Philadelphia (there was no sun at all today - too cloudy - so we couldn't just make a general heading). We didn't have a printer to print out the Google maps, so we wrote down a long line of street names that we would have to follow on both sides of an envelope. I will take a picture of this primitive route planning and put it up soon. Bear in mind when you see it that it got us here!

But, despite our success on the back of an envelope, when we get to Washington we will invest in a GPS so that we spend less time getting lost. A GPS should mean that we get to see more of the places that we stop in, although it will detract from the fun of asking for directions. It is amazing the different answers you get from people in the same place, and it is fun to ask people, as you get a short snapshot of the community they are from - although in many of the area's surrounding New York the people couldn't help us because the only language spoken was Spanish!

We have sampled Philly's local delicacy; the cheese steak - lots of Steak and lots of Cheese in a baguette! It was good, but not special and I think tomorrow we will be back to Burgers!

We are staying with Anthony, who we found through, and having a great time... we are yet to decide where exactly we are staying tomorrow but we will let you know!

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