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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 20, 2010

Into the storm


142kms, 1 broken spoke, NEW TOP SPEED - 76.6kph/ 47.5mph Totals: 2373kms, 9 broken spokes, 61 burgers.

Today, we left the Katy Trial, away from the flat calm paths with no cars, up to the hills and busy roads. We cycled the first 20 miles of the day along the trail, before crossing the Missouri river into Hermann. Unfortunately this is where we broke our 9th spoke - my fourth. Luckily it didn't stop us for long, and we still managed 85 miles in the day.

The last bit of the day was seriously hilly - steep short sharp hills - tough on the legs, but great downhills. I clocked 47.5mph down one hill - the speed limit was 35mph... Awesome. But then the rain came. They expect 1.5inches to fall on this area in the next day and a half - with flood warnings all over. We treated ourselves to a motel this evening to keep morale high, cycling in the rain is not much fun, and camping in the rain would not have been a good rest!

We will now follow highway 50 for almost all of the next 500 miles, going through Kansas City into Kansas on Friday.
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