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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 5, 2010

Awesome day

As i write this blog, we are currently eating a 'all you can eat buffet' in a pizza inn. Restaurants rue the day that they let us loose on the offer of 'all you can eat'. The phrases 'complete domination' and 'lions let loose in a chickens pen' spring to mind. Anyway back to the cycling bit...We left at around 11 with the new addition to the gang of the unicyclist.(He is cycling along behind us in the photo, sorry its not that clear). The weather couldn't have been better, bright sunshine and not too humid as it has been in the previous few days. There was a slight headwind, but nothing too severe, thus we have made good progress. Cycling through the gentle hills of west Virginia can draw comparisons with cycling through the most beautiful parts of the UK during the great British summer (no, not the rainy British summer we all know and despise, but the one we always look forward to and are disappointed when it never comes)

Days like today make the miles seem easy, which is just what we needed, having had a couple of fairly tough days. It seems we have got over the worst of the Appalachians. From here we have a casual 10 mile ride to the outskirts of Bristol where we will camp for the night. Having finally used the tent last night, camping is no longer surrounded by the initial worries and fears we had. For example it being too small etc...It was a comfy night, with only minor hiccups of Will occasionally kicking me in the face....he will have his comeuppance . Tomorrow we will ride about 65 miles, so not too a strenuous day.
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