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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 7, 2010

Knoxville, TN

We started out late today and took it easy to begin with, cycling along the 30 mile long cherokee lake which we had camped beside. It is getting hot again and I reckon that means a storm on Saturday.

It was one long highway with a small space for bikes, but many bumps if we strayed from that space - not good on broken spokes.

One of the good things about having the same bike is that we get the same problems, the bad thing is that when one of us gets a problem, so does the other. This happened to us recently - we now both have a broken spoke on the back wheel - Alex broke one yesterday, I broke it today.

We comfortably nailed the 55miles into Knoxville today, and were relaxing in McDonalds when we found out that the place we are couchsurfing was 20 miles down the road - nearly 2 hours. But we have made it and are now relaxing - our first rest day in 8 days - 500miles.

Laundry, recharge legs and battery's, haircuts and bike fixing tomorrow, as well as learning to ride a unicycle.

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