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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 28, 2010

Washington, D.C

We have been 290 miles over the last 4 days, going between New York and Washington D.C. It has been long – averaging over 70 miles a day – and tough; instructions on the back of an envelope, rolling hills, and all the while riding on the wrong side of the road.

Today was the longest day either of us have ever cycled: 90 miles. We woke early, dominated our motel’s complimentary breakfast as well as taking 12 extra muffins for the road, and were on the road by 10 to Nine. We cycled continuously until 2 in the afternoon, stopping only for energy bars, muffins and loo visits. At two we stopped for a picnic on a quiet road, to eat our leftover pizza from the night before in Pizza hut (those who know me may not remember the last time I failed to finish one – especially after a tough day, but these Pizza’s were massive!). We then cycled for another 4.5 hours to Washington, mostly along highways.

Along the way, we passed through Aberdeen and Glasgow as well as Essex (not a usual combination for bicyclists!) and took some photographs at the World Trade Centre... (in Baltimore – now 30 stories taller than the New York variety) – and even saw a submarine in the Baltimore marina.

Tomorrow, a much needed rest day, for Alex to check out the sights of Washington, and fix some issues with his bike. We will also buy a GPS and make some plans for the next few days.

We put some thought today into what we miss most from “normal” life, and came up with 3 things – knowing where we will sleep at night, beer (the adverts along the roads are tantalising), and driving cars!

1 comment:

  1. I do hope you find the right side of the road soon! xx