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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 7, 2010


Yesterday we couldn't put up a blog as we were in a very beautiful but secluded campsite in northern Tenessee, which did not have wifi. Yesterday was another great day, though it did start with a minor hiccup. On my bike there was a continuous clicking sound, after a bit of home mechanics we discovered that one of my spokes is broken. Having reneged on bringing spare spokes, and no apparent bike shop for miles, i crossed my fingers and started to pedal. Come the end of the day there was no further problem, so it seems that i can survive with one less spoke. Tomorrow we can sort out the problem. Last night after the 70 mile ride, coincidentally, Will also discovered that he has a broken spoke as well, so we are now in the same boat! I have to say in fairness, the Cannondale bikes which we bought, having done over 1000 miles in total, have only had between them: two punctures and two broken spokes. So all in all we are still pleased with our purchase.
The days seem to get easier and easier at the moment. I suppose it is a combination of increasing fitness and the terrain starting to flatten out. We were discussing yesterday that we cannot remember what it is like to cycle on flat ground again, as though it was one of those far off distant memories.

This morning we awoke to the beautiful view of the sun rising over the lake which we were camped beside. With only 55 miles to Knoxville we set out in high spirits, but thoroughly looking forward to a days break. The miles were slightly tougher than usual, perhaps because we are worn out or maybe because we had a nice comfy bed to look forward to tonight. We arrived in Knoxville at around 5pm, where we checked where the address of our destination tonight. It turned out however that it was another 20 miles to where of bed for the night was...bit of a letdown, nevertheless we got on our bikes and polished off the miles. Tomorrow we will have a good rest, do some much needed laundry and fix the bikes.

Here are a couple of older photos which are quite good............

Using a random wifi connection in the middle of a secluded park

A Historic moment!

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