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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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June 1, 2010

An Awesome Day

Day 37, 30 days riding: Pueblo, CO to Just Past Texas Creek, CO 67 miles - WHITE WATER RAFTING

We left Pueblo much later than we wanted,but it all turned out well. We detoured from the adventure cycling maps (which we are using through the mountains to show us where to find food and water) in order to find a place to go White Water Rafting as this is one of the best places in the world to do it. Great views, Big Rapids and warm weather. We pitched up at a random rafting place, not expecting them to have a place - all the people that we had telephoned had said we should book. But they did have space, leaving immediately - so we swapped our clip-on cycling shoes for wetsuit booties, cycling helmets for river helmets and put spray jackets over our lycra and we were off!

We had a great time, hitting all the biggest rapids in a 14 mile stretch of the Arkansas River. After finishing up, we dried out a bit in the sun before setting off again. An 8 mile hill to find food, and then a lightning but long downhill, before cruising alongside the river through the gorge we had just rafted down. We managed 67 miles which was pretty much perfect, as it is equivalent to 74 miles had we been following the maps, and we still managed 3 hours of rafting!

We found a great campsite and checked the price - $22! But, after some talking, generously got given the night for free. A perfect end to a perfect day. We have monarch pass to go up tomorrow - 11,512 ft... Snow, Freezing temperatures and a 15 mile climb!

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