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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 27, 2010

There ain't much in kansas!

Yesterday we set off at around 10 having had a quite superb nights sleep after riding 108 miles the previous day. We cycled from Mcpherson to a very small town (population less than 30 me thinks), which was a total of 95 miles. However the winds had shifted in our favour so although not quite a tail wind, it certainly didnt hinder our progress like the previous day. Just before lunch Will broke another spoke (what else would it be!?). Luckily enough there was a bike shop where we had lunch, so we visited yet another bike shop. We have become more and more adept at fixing our own problems, so without the help of a mechanic Will fixed his spoke and we both did a little service on each of our bikes. Now we can do basic mechanics on the bikes, it saves us a minimum of $15 every time we get a problem on the bikes. Will and I were completly unaware that spokes could cause us this much issue. Never ever had a problem with them before the trip, so a slight shock to the system. I think that we can conclude that, in fact, although the bikes as a whole are good bikes; Evans cycles(who we bought the bikes from), were slightly cheeky. They had obviously changed a few bits and bobs on the bikes before they sold them to us to save them a few! So they must have changed the spokes that were originally made with the bike and replaced them with far less sturdy ones(we think they did this with the hub and pedals' as well). Anyway with the spoke fixed we forged on and reached our destination at around 8:30. We set up camp on a very small park area, which was a really nice spot. We got a couple of beers and drank tham as the sun set whilst listening to some music....great end to the day. 30 mins later as we settled down to bed the weather took a turn for the worse, the wind really picked up and heavy rain started. The tent didnt like the wind at all, so we were forced, in the dark and in the rain, to move the tent next to a building for some wind shelter. An 'interesting experience' i will say. In the process of moving the tent we also ripped the bottom of it, only a small tear, but annoying nonetheless.

Today we set out for scott city, 88 miles away. To be honest there isnt really much news from today, as we saw very little apart from fields of corn and lots of flat land for miles around. People warned us that there isnt much to see out here, and they were right. It would be a lie to say it is boring but there is hint of monotony about kansas. Towns are at least 30 miles apart and often there are very little services in them. A few times today it did feel as though we were on the of the edge of the earth, as in front of us we could only see flat road, as far as the eye can see. However it is very peaceful out here, which is a nice change from busy roads, no more than 30 cars an hour pass us. Tonight we are residing with some friends of Tony and Stacey, who we stayed with in Kansas city. Tomorrow we may just get into Colorado, but it depends on the winds. We have 215 miles to pueblo where we will have a rest day. This might be two long days or three shortish ones, but we will see.

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