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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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May 5, 2010

Abingdon and Bristol

I can't go as far as to say that today has been easy - the day I say that 60 miles uphill against the wind is easy will be after the day I get my motorbike licence. But, the weather was perfect, our legs strong and the countryside pleasant.

We left late this morning - relaxing in a great campground was way too appealing. We travelled the first 10 miles of today with Sky, our friend the unicyclist. This is so much fun, because while a few people are curious about what we are doing, when they see Sky, without fail everyone is astounded! Wouldn't you be? How many people do you know that can ride a Unicycle? Let alone a massive one for 4000miles. You can check his blog out at (thirty six inches is the diameter of his wheel).

I have had my first casualty of the tour, and unlike Alex, it isn't with my equipment (his bottle exploded and his pedal snapped): I on the other hand have lost control of the 3rd and 4th fingers on my left hand. This is not good. I think its due to too much pressure on my hand as I ride, so I will carry on trying to ride no-hands to give it a break.

We are camping again tonight, in ten miles time - so I must turn this off, the sun is on its way down. We are staying between Abingdon and Bristol - they steal all our names.

1 comment:

  1. If you think our taking abingdon and bristol is bad, let me tell you about Athens, Georgia! Not only did they steal the name, they stole the parthenon. Welllll, actually just made a replica. And the fault line st. Louis is on? The new madrid fault. Nobody knows why. Good luck on the hand recovery!