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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 2, 2010


After quite a late night we had a tough morning, and as my title indicates it was hot. Temperatures must have been 30c if not hotter, and as the terrain was so up and down it was hard work. We tried to work out how much water we drank but today we must be pushing nearly 10 litres. It was slightly frustrating when we have to pedal downhill as the wind is so strong, nevertheless we covered a good distance of roughly 65 miles. I think we are starting to get into a good rhythm, so now 65-80 miles does not seem too far at all whereas a few weeks ago we would have considered 60 miles to be a long day.

South Virginia is a beautiful place, rolling hills surrounded by deep woods and forest. We have been reminded to enjoy it while we can, as we all know what the mid-west has in store for us(a whole lot of nothingness basically). We arrived at Lynchburg quite late around 8 but it is a great little town, and it is a shame we will not have more time here to explore. At dinner we were given more money, which is becoming a regular occurrence. Over the last couple of days we must have collected about $150, including £20 from two British guys(who ever said the British were stingy). Tomorrow we will ride to Christiansburg, where we will encounter the beginnings of the Appalachians, so more hills to come!

P.S. At dinner an english speaking America, asked us what language we were speaking...very amusing
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