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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 30, 2010

Up and Down

Today was an extremely up and down day. It started on an up - we were given a tour around and through the "bowels" of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (Thank you so much Kay) including the new human evolution department. It was great to see the interactive displays, and many Kenyan fossils, all with no-one else in the whole museum! I loved seeing the stuffed brush tailed porcupine - I will cycle a kilometre with no hands if someone reading this has seen a living one in the wild - I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one in Rukinga.

The down with seeing the museum was that we left Washington 2 hours late at Two O Clock, which meant that we were time pressured all the way to Fredericksburg. We aim to get quicker at setting off - we haven't set off on time yet.
We did meet some Brits at the foot of the Washington monument, who were very generous and took some photo's and donated some money - a great start to the day..

The route the whole way to Fredericksburg was up then down (we had no more than 10 miles of flat) - which made it tough going - especially as at the bottom of each down, some genius road developer has put a traffic light! Riding a loaded bicycle is fine, as long as you keep a constant speed - acceleration is a mission. This meant that we couldn't use any of our speed from going down the hill to go back up the next one, which meant that we only got in to Fredericksburg with very tired legs at 7.

But we are lucky enough to be couchsurfing with the Myers family here, and have had a great evening, discussing all sorts of hot topics - Alex and I haven't had a clue about current events so its been great to have an update - especially on the maelstrom that is British Politics - from Steve who runs an internet newspaper:

We have also changed plans and are heading Westwards finally! We are going to go straight to Charlottesville, instead of down to Richmond first (doing one side of a triangle instead of two). We will then go southwest to Lynchburg, along the very scenic route 29 - before cutting Westwards over the Appalachians.

1 comment:

  1. Dare I ask, why you were ever doing two sides of a triangle?!

    Just reading your blogs makes my body ache! Well deserved sponsorship will be on its way -