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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 29, 2010


As you can see we have worked out how to upload pictures onto an individual post so i have picked out a few which highlight not only today but also Washington DC in all its glory. We did all the touristy bits in the afternoon, having sorted out a GPS in the morning. The GPS will hopefully solve our navigational issues, and preventing us cycling too much further than we already have to go!

Washington is an amazing city, very clean, fantastic architecture and has lots of history behind it. It seems that if anything needs remembering or commemorating it happens here, in the capital. Memorials of all the recent wars in American history are plentiful. Although there is lots to see, all the attractions are based in a small area, so for us trying to do it all in an afternoon, it was great. Its not like London or other cities where all the 'must see bits' are spread out.

We also went to a Bike shop in the afternoon, where they kindly gave me a set of old pedals for free solving the slight problem I had. Tomorrow we start our two day trip to Richmond, virginia. It is a 60 mile ride tomorrow, where we have got a place to stay in Fredericksberg.

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