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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 29, 2010

Ordway, CO

Sheridan Lake, CO to Ordway, CO 90 miles, 1 snapped gear cable, 2 more burgers, temperature high - 98 fahrenheit, 37 celsius, total 3534kms, 81 burgers

We were woken up at 5.10 by an awesome sunrise and left by 6. We were making good time, when my gear cable snapped - after this, we made better time for the first 3 miles - I couldn't slow down, it was stuck in the highest gear, and I didn't want to stop as I knew it would be tough to get going again. I worked out what I needed to do to make it work till Pueblo, and changed the limits on the gears so that the chain was stuck somewhere near the middle, not right down at the bottom. This means that I have 3 gears to get me to Pueblo! We will get the cable fixed in Pueblo, and buy a spare because if mine is broken, it is highly likely that Alex's is about to break too.

At 6.15 in the morning we had what is definitely a highlight - but only through its oddness - we were cycling along casually, using up a little bit of the road, when a car came and piled into the ditch alongside us, before rising back out of the ditch onto the road in front of us, and speeding away.

We cruised the first 25 miles, limped the next 24 - it was getting hot and the wind wasn't helping. We then used the time we had gained by starting so early, and relaxed at the service station in Haswell for a couple of hours. The 20 miles after Haswell were tough - it was hot, and we were tired. But then a huge storm came, threatening to completely soak us/tornado/hail, which made us speed up dramatically, and cooled everything down - the clouds blocked out the sun.

We spent the night at the Hotel Ordway - which has a special rate for cyclists, because so many come through. Off to Pueblo today - 50 miles, hopefully with slightly cooler weather.

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