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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 6, 2010

Sherston to Marsh 110kms Monday

From one tiny village to the next, this was our longest ride since a crazy ride we did in Kenya a while ago. But despite having done 400km in the few days leading up to this, this was in fact quite an easy and uneventful day. We left relatively early - hitting the road at 8 - and made good time, with a helping wind and a straight road. We managed to cover the 50 miles to Oxford by 12.45, which is 20 miles further than we had got by that time on all the other days. The 20 miles down to Princes Risborough were also quick and uneventful - once we had navigated the Oxford bypass safely and in the right direction.

Contrary to the consensus of most people I know we find that it is easier and indeed safer to ride along small 'A' roads, rather than small 'B' or indeed unnamed roads. This meant that we spent a long time on the A420 cruising along at 35kph.

500kms of experience, for our bikes, our panniers and our legs. Now we just have to ride back to London, and send our bikes in to be boxed up for the plane. We also need to find a laptop so that we can keep you updated along the way in the States. Can anyone recommend any of the notebook computers? All going according to plan otherwise. It would be great if you could all keep spreading the word to widen the sponsorship base.

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