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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 18, 2010

Wake up time.

Coming to the end of any break is tough, be it a 5 minute coffee break at work, a half term break from school, or a 3 month break from exercise. We are reaching the end of a 3-day break from cycling 75 miles a day - its tough! The knowledge that we have to cycle 75 miles tomorrow is ok - its what we are here to do, but the issue is that we also have to pack up all our kit - when we get comfortable in a place kit spreads out all over everything! We also have to plot the finer bits of our route - we have the general plans, but there are a couple of issues with flooding from the Mississippi river and the Missouri river that we will have to divert round.

I fixed the spoke that I broke 10m from the house on Friday, and Alex had a whole new set of spokes put in, twice. He has also spent time making a video of our photo's so far,
- viewable at this youtube link -

In the mean time, I sorted places to stay and the route to take. We will be going west along the Katy Trail, before heading to Kansas City. From Kansas City we will continue westwards gradually climbing off the plains into the Rocky Mountains at Pueblo in Colorado. If you know anyone on the way who would be happy to have two tired slightly crazy cyclists, send us an email!

Wake up time is in 7 hours, we had a late night, because we managed to squeeze in a baseball game which was great! The St Louis Cardinals thumped the Washington Nats, thank you very much to Tom for taking us.

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