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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 27, 2010

Tough Day

Having had a nice rest and sampled the local delicacy of a philadelphia 'cheese steak' the previous night, this morning we set out a little later than planned at around 11. As we left it was fairly cold and spitting rain...not the nicest weather to set out in, with the intention of riding 75 miles in the day. So far we have not used the Adventure Cycling Association maps which we purchased as they suggest more senic routes, avoiding the busy roads, however this comes at a price of giving a much longer route, and since we are still heading south to DC rather than west we have renaged using the maps for now. However this has left us with a slight problem of navigation. After the past few days we are contempating buying a GPS in DC. Today was a prime example of where one would have come in very handy! To the dismay of parents, we have up until now being writing our directions on the back of two envelopes (pictures of our envelope directions will be put up). This moring, suprisingly(or not), we got totally lost and ended up going 6 miles or so in a big circle...very frustrating.

As we headed out of Phili, we went over a bridge, which, to put into perspective was like the M25 with no hard shoulder. Not a nice experience. Just at the foot of the bridge the other side, I thought it would be a good idea to fall over. So there I was spread eagled over one lane. But dont worry avid fans, i came away with only a couple of grazed knees. 3 miles later Will got the first puncture that we have ever had together, mind you, we are due for one having done over 1000km collectively. So we fixed that one but then a short while after i got one as well. So there we were, in the rain, fixing our second puncture of the day. We were told by someone who had already cycled x-america that 90% will be awesome, but 10% will be character building. I think today we used up a few percent of that 10%.

Once out of the suburbs of Phili we made good progress and have been on the same stretch of road for quite a while, so that solves our issue of navigation and also we get lots of miles under our belt. Our aim was to be in a place called Havre De Grace by tonight, however at about 7:30, as it was getting dark we came to the bridge leading into Havre De Grace, which was forbidden to pedestrians and cyclists. So we did the unspeakable and hitch hiked over the bridge to get into Havre De Grace(the only other option was a very long way, miles from our planned route). However we are staying in a nice motel with two comfy beds and a warm shower, and have just consumed our own body weight at pizza hut, so a good end to a hard day. Tomorrow a 85 mile ride to DC, so we will be up early!

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