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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 3, 2010

Salem, VA

We slept in today, and after our complimentary breakfast thanks to Bernadette - owner of the Hash House, Lynchburg - we set off late at 12.30. We had 5 days (now 4) to get to Knoxville, Tennessee a total of 320miles - now 257. This is just more than 60 miles a day, which would be easy, but we have already done 4 days in a row of 65 miles a day and with one extremely late night. So 9 days continuous cycling - before a rest day in Knoxville, and then 500 miles to St Louis (in 8 days - 7 and 1 rest day).

It was still hot, and windy, and hilly, but we are coping better now and managed 62miles before it got too dark. We are staying at a Quality Inn tonight - special because it has a swimming pool, and a hot breakfast tomorrow. We plan on leaving by 9, and cycling as far as we feel like - we have our route written out - back of the envelope trick still working, and are going with the motto that every mile more that we do today, is one less to do tomorrow.

We officially passed £7000 today - which unofficially puts us at £11000 raised so far. We also hit the 500 miles milestone. We are both getting some serious tan lines - we each have a brown spot on our white hands - where the sun gets through the one hole in our gloves. Bedtime.

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