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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

June 6, 2010

A break has caused an end to the trip

Come so far, but now unfortunately a breakage has caused a end to the trip. But don't worry its only the end of the trip for my camera!We are both still intact. An unfortunate incident at 10200 ft, with the camera set up precariously on a back of an RV. A very kind American, who felt guilty about the accident, actually gave me his camera as a replacement. Shame, but the photos are the important thing not the camera, so not all bad. Better the camera than the bike or us!

On the cycling side of things we had a great day, covering over 96 miles, and in the process leaving the Rockies behind us. This morning we woke at 6 and checked out the hot air balloon festival in Telluride. 15 or so Balloons set of just after sunrise, which along with the sun hitting the peaks of the mountains, created a awesome sight. Our only real challenge of the morning was to climb 'Lizards Head Pass' which is at 10220 ft. This was a far easier climb than the one we had a few days ago, Monarch pass, which was at 11200 ft. We made the job much easier for ourselves by doing a good chunk of the climb yesterday evening.

At the top we met a road cyclist, who told us that he had cycled x-america 3 times. Once is enough for me i think! In the last week or so, we have passed quite a few tourers, like us. Through beautiful Colorado, it is no surprise it is a common route for all tourers.

From the top of the pass we descended 3000ft and covered 48 miles in just over 2 and a half hours, which took us into the town of Dolares, where we lunched and rested for quite a while. After lunch we decided to do a further 36 miles, which would take us to the town of Dove creek, which is just short of the Utah border. It was amazing, leaving Dolores it felt as though we were back into kansas. Rolling hills and hot. We left the mountains behind so quickly. A real shame to be out of the Rockies, but we are told that Utah is something to really look forward to.

Tomorrow we will begin a stretch of 75 miles with no services, so it will be our first real test of carrying all we need for a day or so. I can confidently say we will not have a Wifi connection tomorrow night!

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