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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 2, 2010

Lynchburg, VA

We stayed up quite late last night, which meant that today was always going to be a tough one. Luckily we survived - and arrived in Lynchburg, VA at 7.30 this evening. We have had great burgers from the "Hash House" and good donations from its owner as well as breakfast tomorrow on the house.

As we get deeper into America, the woods lining the roads are getting thicker, the accent's of the people stronger, and their astonishment at seeing two crazy cyclists is greater - which is often very amusing. Most are extremely generous, happy to give cash straight to us as donations.

I have been keeping myself amused on the road by looking out for anything that moves in the tree's either side - it is odd not to know all the names of the wildlife, but I am working on it. Yesterday, I spotted a Black Vulture on a road kill, and today saw a Pileated Woodpecker - A woodpecker with the classic red head, but as big as a crow. The Cardinal - the state bird of Virginia, is a beautiful red bird we saw flitting around a road side. I have also seen animals - terrapins, rabbits, deer, and even a beaver!

Bicycling is monotonous and long - but vigilance is always needed, cars in America are huge, and take up most of the road (they have six-wheeled super pick-ups with engines as loud as lorries). It is interesting how the size of the hard shoulder - where we do most of our riding, varies depending on the county we are passing through, today was a shoulder-less day.

It has been seriously hot, 30+ degrees, which is fine, but means sweat pours off us, and that a thunderstorm is on its way. We are aiming towards Christiansburg tomorrow.

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