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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 14, 2010

Nashville, IL


McLeansboro – Nashville, IL – 55miles, 2 broken spokes, 5 burgers. Totals – 3 punctures, 6 broken spokes, 48 burgers, 2027km, 11 states

A foot long sandwich from Subway was an interesting start to a long day. The first time we set off from McLeansboro was just before 12, and we made it just less than a mile before we had to turn back to a garage to borrow a spanner to fix a spoke on Alex’s wheel. We spent an hour and a half, at We took the wheel off, the tube off, the cassette off, and then changed the spoke. After you change a spoke, you have to true the wheel – because the tension is wrong, the wheel wobbles. Alex’s wheel is mucked up – the spokes are much weaker, so we couldn’t quite get it true. It lasted 45 miles, until just out of Nashville, then another spoke broke. The problems come because the chain cut into the spokes and weakened all of the spokes on one side, which means that they are breaking one by one.

We hope to reach St Louis tomorrow, where Alex will get his tire fixed, and we will take three days’ rest. We will have been riding 18 of the last 20 days, and as a consequence we passed the 2000km milestone today.

We finished the day with another foot long sub from Subway, before heading to Best Western Motel for the night – Thank you to everyone who helped us get here!
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