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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

May 13, 2010

11 States visited


Day 18 - 65 miles, 1 puncture. Totals: 1940 kms, 43 burgers, 3 punctures, 11 states

We are out of horse territory and into corn. But, storms are still around and the corn is under a foot of water. This meant that we had to adjust our route yesterday - not what you want to have to work out after riding for 80 miles - but meant that we were prepared today. Yesterday it was the Ohio river which had caused the flooding, today it was the Wabash - a tributary of the Ohio but it still looks bigger than the Thames!

We heard a ticking sound coming from Alex's wheel this morning, but when we stopped to investigate, found nothing. The spokes were fine, the brakes were fine, the fenders were fine - but the ticking still happened. When we set off again, I noticed a massive metal spike coming out of his wheel... and then he got a puncture. When we were changing the tubes we noticed that it wasn't the massive metal spike that had caused the puncture - that had been stopped by the kevlar lining of our tires - but an even bigger metal spike that he had picked up in an unrelated spot. We fixed the puncture quickly despite Alex's pump breaking as we laboured to get the pressure in our tires up to 85psi.

We are camping in the yard of a bed and breakfast here in McLeansboro, ready for the remaining 120 miles to St Louis in the next 2 days. We are now in Illinois - having crossed the bottom of Indiana yesterday and today.
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1 comment:

  1. This is Tara from Mimmos restaurant in Mcleansboro. I googled cycling for autism, and this link popped up. I think that this is a great thing that you guys are doing. It must be great to see the United States, and helping raise money and awareness for autism. Have a safe trip.