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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 3, 2010

Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte is the wildflower and mountain biking capital of Colorado. It is at 8888ft, and is a vibrant ski town, with an amazing mixture of people who have chosen to live here. But first, we started out today in Sargents: "Population high, Elevation few" is apparently written on one of the signs nearby.

We left Sargents early this morning despite the cold when we woke up, we were more prepared after yesterday, and both went to bed with over 4 layers on. Our maps told us that it was mostly downhill to Gunnison - 7703ft, but the wind was once again against us so we covered the 33 miles slightly slower than we expected. We got to Gunnison at 10.30 and went straight to the tourist office to find what we could do for a day nearby. We were told (for the third time in the last 3 days) that we should head up to Crested Butte, catching the free bus that left at 10.55.

We have met only nice people in Crested Butte - a lady we met on the bus up told us we must visit the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame - the biggest Mountain biking museum in the world. She called her friend Flo to open it up for us to have a private viewing - it only opens in 2 weeks time. After we'd had a look at the museum, Flo realized we were hungry and sent us to her friend Craig - the owner of Izzy's; a staple for most Crested Butte people.

At Izzy's, we found the biggest pancake ever invented, and ate far too much food. We were also persuaded to stay the night in Crested Butte - and are now staying with Sarah, and her 7 roomates nearby. After mango and tofu stir fry, and a one hour hike to a waterfall below a great mountain.

Great day, 33 miles covered - rest day the rest, in a great place. We will go back to gunnison on the bus, after a 6am bear hunt (searching for bear's on bikes with camera's - thursday morning = garbage day, therefore many bears!) then a 7am free breakfast at Izzy's and an 8am bus. We will then cycle at least 68 miles to Montrose.

1 comment:

  1. 10 dollars for every cricket match you see! Respect re mountains