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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.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

April 21, 2010


The original plan was to leave tomorrow. But plans change, and volcanoes erupt. This particular volcano means that Alex is stuck in London, getting more and more agitated and more and more bored. I am having a good time in New York and had a great time in Washington, but am raring to get started. The last few months have been a lot of talk and not much action, and now the time has come for action, we have been stopped. It is tough for both of us – each day we lose now, means more riding per day when we do get going.

I have been familiarising myself with the Adventure cycling association maps that we are planning on using; these maps are widely touted as the best available, but at first glance, they are incredibly confusing. It seems that the toughest part of the ride – in terms of picking the right route, will be the New Jersey section. It is a maze of complex roads through a very urban region (which as we know from getting lost in Bath and Bristol, are the tough bits). So, tomorrow, I am off on my bike to have a look round and see which way is a good way to go.


  1. No Mate, ready to get going yes, bored no. Played footy in the park with the sun going down, then pints and a kebab afterwards....perfect afternoon!
    See you tomorrow!

  2. i put it to you that the kebab we had was as good as messi is at football