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Why?

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 31, 2010

Pueblo, CO

Total Miles: 2250 Total miles to go: 1550

Yesterday no blog, quite simply because we were both shattered and after visiting a local Irish pub and sampling the local ale, we came back and straight to bed! Unfortunately we were actually supposed to be couch surfing, however that fell through so we have stayed the last 2 nights in a motel. Yesterday we covered the final 50 miles into pueblo without too much problem, but we were also lucky enough to run into some more TransAm Cyclists. To put it simply they were us but coming the other way! Very similar in lots of respects. They were doing the trip after graduating from college, were taking 2 months and were pretty much half way like we were and were very much novice tourers just like us! So we had a great time chatting to them for a bit. We wish them all the best for the rest of their trip. You can check out their blog at www.baa3000.blogspot.com. Arriving in pueblo not much after lunchtime we spend lots of time in the bike shop, will getting his gear cable replaced and i sorting out the root of my series of slow punctures that i have been having.

Today was really the first day in the whole trip where we had basically the whole day to relax and sort all sorts of bit and bobs out. I spent pretty the whole morning trying to sort out my student loan, and as you can imagine trying to deal with that out of the country is a bit of a nightmare. Looking at the route for the next few days, not to mention the next few weeks looks like it will be really amazing. Great gorges, breathtaking views perhaps a bit of whitewater rafting. Although the Rockies will be a bit hilly, i think we are both really looking forward to the next stretch of our trip. It will be a stark contrast to the flatness of Kansas and western Colorado. Whilst having lunch in a 'Taco Bell', a kind lady approached us to inquire into what we were doing. 15 minutes later, we had another donation and a dinner invite! So we headed over to Lynn's for a Pueblo special of 'sloppers': burgers covered in a hot chilli sauce....Yum. We had a great dinner and were made to feel most welcome. Would we be invited such generosity by a strangers and invited home for dinner in the uk...not so sure we would!
Yey Colorado
Pueblo-A common stop over city for transam cyclists


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No more of this nothingness!

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