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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 4, 2010

Having had a good nights sleep, we set out at 9:30 with the aim of riding to Wytheville,
which was 75 miles or so away from Salem. Being in the heart of the appellations comes with it a very beautiful but also a very hilly area. We were warned prior to our trip that riding through the Appellations is actually harder than riding over the Rockies. The reason for this is that, although the Rockies go much much higher, they ascend far more gradually, whereas in the appellations the climbs are steep and the descents are fast! So progress this morning wasn't very fast, however by starting early we had covered over 30 miles by lunch, which is much better than usual (our 12:30 starts are a thing of the past.......i hope).

This morning was the first time that a few aches and pains have become apparent. The thigh muscles are getting bigger but 5 days on the trot with out a rest does mean that they are getting more and more tired. It takes a while to get into a good rhythm. The knees are also slightly sore, not too bad, but i think they are just looking forward to a good rest in a few days time.

At lunch we decided to stop at a MacDonald's( the first of of trip, which is surprising), and proceeded to eat 5 hamburgers and fries...EACH. That considerably increased our burger count, not to mention our waistlines, however at a $1 each, who can blame us? As we were leaving the infamous MacDonald's we ran into another Trans America cyclist! He did however approach us not on two wheels, but on one! No he wasn't doing a wheelie, he was in fact a unicyclist. I thought that crossing the USA on two wheels was epic, but this takes the biscuit. He is in fact going a very similar route to us, following the ACA route as we are. "Hats off to him" is all i can say.

After lunch we covered the 40 odd miles fairly slowly due to the 5 burgers and fries rumbling around inside. Nevertheless we reached Wytheville at around 7:30 and pitched our tent for the first time, also meeting the unicyclist, Sky, who is also camping here for the night. The tent seems to be a good buy, sold and surprisingly roomy for a 2 man tent. Somehow we have managed to pick up wifi in a random park, so this is how i am able to write this blog.

At supper we sat next to a rather large American who proceeded to challenge the owner of the restaurant that he could eat 35 inches(nearlt 3ft) of cheese steak sandwich in under 30 mins, and if he succeeded he would eat for free. To the amazement of both the owner and us he completed this feat with ease......definitely the highlight of the day.

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