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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 9, 2010

Birthday boy

Yesterday was indeed my birthday. We had the longest of lie ins till 8am, where upon we were awoken by the heat of the sun, piercing through the shell of the tent. We only intended to have a relaxed day, cycling just 50 miles to Torey. After a birthday brunch and a extended skype calls to parents, we finally set off at around 2. Will have been kind enough to source out some balloons, from god knows where. so they accompanied me on the back of the bike, adding a little more resistance, but nonetheless very festive.

Our aim was to get to a little visitors center/kiosk locate in the 'Capitol Reef' national park, 38 miles away, where we could stock up on water and try their 'famous pies'. They closed at five, and as we had set off so late we arrived there about 10 minutes late! However the visitors center remained open till 6, and happened to have a spare pie from the kiosk lying around, so we munch on the birthday pie.

After a little rest we only had 11 miles to cover to reach Torey, but we started our big hill climb, which today will take us up to 9500ft. There were some tough sections, it was so hot and for some reason this section of Utah is host to 'super Mosquito's'. They attack throughout the day, and it seems can fly over 16mph, whilst there is a headwind. As a result whilst cycling we are constantly being bitten. On my right arm along i have over 20 bites! Not nice. Anyway we arrived in Torey around 8 and settled down at a nice campsite.

Tomorrow we will cover over 80 miles, which will take us close to Bryce canyon.
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