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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 1, 2010

Charlottesville, VA

We started westwards yesterday - we took a picture of the rather insignificant corner that marked our departure from the Southern Route as we feel its a significant milestone. Westwards from Fredericksburg we started to get out of the general conurbation of the Atlantic coast and into the (ever-present) rolling hills of rural Virginia.

Unfortunately, now we are in Charlottesville, the rolling hills that we have grown to like become the Appalachian mountain range, a slightly bigger test for our tired legs. We are working on negotiating a route through the mountains.

We stayed last night with Ginny and some other helpful friends - all students at the Uni of Virginia. A fun night, including a tour of Charlottesville, and a talk about the American Civil War, which we need to learn more about - we have just been through some of the main battlefields, and there are many great stories to learn.

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