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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 29, 2010

First day in Colorado

This morning we set off really early before 6, waking up with an amazing sunrise at 5:10. Our aim was to do 90 miles today, so we would be left with only 50 to do tomorrow to Pueblo. Riding early was great, even though a little chilly at first. We covered 28 miles and had some breakfast and were away by 9:30. (Will early on snapped a deraileur wire, so lost use of his rear gears, so he will ride the rest of ride to pueblo, where we will get it fixed on 3 gears rather than 27!) Getting some miles in early was a good idea as it started to heat up. By the time we came into the small town of Haswell, it must have been approaching the high 30's. Due to the early start, this afforded us the luxury of being able to spend a few hours, during the hottest part of the day in a gas station relaxing under the shade. Reluctantly we set off with a further 40 to do until our final destination of ordwell. This 49 miles was slow, mainly due to the heat and a small wind which wasn't really in our favour. So far i can say Eastern Colorado is essentially the same as Kansas; there is a whole lot of nothing. However i thing things are going to change dramatically after Pueblo; mountains will provide a dramatic change of scene.

tomorrow only 50 miles so should be a far easier day.

1 comment:

  1. Magnificent progress across Kansas. The Rocky Mountains are next! Looking forward to the blogs.