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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.

Photo Video - New York to St Louis

May 12, 2010


Waking up at 6.30 meant that today would be a long one. We woke, ate breakfast and packed the tent up by 7.30 – in time to watch the 25 medics hit the road on their amazing carbon road bikes – excited to have a massive tailwind. We were worried that this meant headwind for us – and with the storms around, the wind was strong. Luckily for us the wind stayed as a crosswind, with occasional shifts to help or hinder us – we were pushed up some hills, but had to pedal down some in return.

We managed our fastest average speed – 22.2kph, and yet also our greatest distance ever in 1 day – 150kms, just under 100 miles. We managed this despite Alex breaking his 3rd spoke in a week. We took the bike to a bike shop, because 3 spokes in a week is not right and they recommended that he change all his spokes when we get to St Louis. The weak spokes were I think caused by his accident with the chain – which sheared them in half. This put more pressure on the spokes on the other side, which means that they break more often.

We are now in Evansville – relaxing at a Quality Inn. We plan to skip a rest day, and head straight up to St Louis – to arrive by Friday, so that we have more time to fix his tire and get set for the next part of the trip. FUNFACT: Evansville schools have longer breaks than most schools because during those times, they used to have to move the horses they came to school on into the shade.

We had a great happening at lunch – Thank you very much to Dan and Alex from Bob Evans Restaurant – They gave us a large gift voucher so we can get our fill of eggs and pancakes in the mornings at any Bob Evans. I am seriously tired – today was the longest day either of us have ever done, and we plan to do another long day tomorrow.

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