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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 16, 2010

Cedar City, UT


Alex and I shivering after hot chocolate and pancakes halfway up Cedar Mountain - plenty of layers on.

Day 49 - Gas station on junction of 14 and 89 to Cedar City, 40 miles, 5 waves, Total 60 waves, 4964kms

A short day, 40 miles - the catch being it was over a big mountain. The other catch was it was very cold at 7000ft when we started, so it was even colder at 10,000ft when we got to the top. We stopped halfway up the hill and munched a warming hot chocolate and some pancakes, before watching the end of the Formula 1.
We got to the top, put on even more layers and then bombed it down the hill to Cedar City and our first Pizza Hut since Kansas. $10 and 16 inches of pizza each later, we cruised down the strip of motels and booked in - our third night that we have paid for since Pueblo.

After a shower and a rest, we set off to the cinema - taking a slightly longer route than necessary but getting to Shrek 4 in 3D in just enough time.

Then back to the motel to watch Forrest Gump and sleep. A great time, some great movies and a great rest. Tomorrow will be a long day - it is 54 miles to Milford, and then we embark on our longest stretch with no services, 84 miles between Milford and Baker. We will camp somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
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