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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 22, 2010

Kansas City, KS

78 miles, New State - Kansas Total: 2634kms 22 days riding, 27 days total. 69 burgers. States: 13

Missouri was meant to be flat. But, one thing that is very dangerous to have is expectations that things will be easy - if you think it will be flat, it never is. We rode the first 35 miles with Geoff and Alon who we met yesterday - - This meant slip-streaming with a line of 4 people, which meant that even into the wind, our average speed was above 22kph - despite hills and headwinds. But this great progress got held up for a while as we waited for Alon to fix a puncture, which he did... 3 tubes, 2 tires and 90 mins later, we were on the road again, Alon cursing his bad luck. Some more speedy slipstreaming took us to Lone Jack for pancakes, egg and bacon for lunch. Then we parted ways, they headed towards downtown Kansas City, while we headed west - skirting the southern border of Kansas City, aiming for the southwest corner - Olathe.

We are staying tonight with Stacy and Tony, Thank you very much to Ben, Leslie and Teresa for helping us work it out, and thank you to Stacy and Tony for hosting us.

We plan on taking a rest day in Kansas city before heading out across nothing for 600 miles. We have covered 80 miles each of the last three days, at record speeds, so our legs definitely deserve a rest.

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