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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


Today we didnt have the greatest of starts. We set off after a slow morning, and after roughly a mile i broke another spoke. This is not a surprise, but just really frustrating nonetheless. We found a garage to borrow a wrench and set about trying to fix the wheel. This was our first time fixing a spoke on our own, so it was a true example definition of 'learning on the job'. Even after fixing the spoke the wheel was still wobbling all over the place (a sign that the wheel is not true). It was another reminder of how badly the wheel needs a proper servicing and a new set of spokes. After a lot of fiddling around(loosening and tightening of the spokes)eventually i got the wheel running slightly better, but still not perfect. After all of this we properly set off around 1:30.

After such late start we hoped only to reach Nashville, IL, which was about 50 miles away. There was a slight headwind, but we did the miles fairly quickly, in the process passing the 2000 km mark. About 1 mile away from Nashville i broke yet another spoke. I think i will just brave it until St Louis, which is only 60 miles away. I cannot wait to get there not only to have a much needed rest but also so i can stop worrying about my wheel, which is only causing me anguish! An eraly start tomorrow so we can have as much time in St Louis as possible.
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  1. Shame about the spokes. I hope they hold until St Louis. Good luck!

  2. Alice and Ann Noyes have just been reading about your exploits! What is the total of broken spokes now? Is your luggage in panniers or little trailers? I am not sure that a diet of burgers and subs is that healthy! But we still are in awe of what you are doing - Well done!