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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 6, 2010

Day 41 - Out of the Mountains


Telluride, CO - Dove Creek, CO - 1 more burger, 99 miles, totals: 96 burgers, 4259kms

Today we cashed in some of our elevation gains, travelling the first 100kms in 3hrs 55mins by lunchtime, having watched 10 hot air balloons take off early this morning in Telluride. The first 10 miles were uphill, going over 10,200ft at Lizards Head Pass, before going downhill all the way to Dolores at 6,950ft. It was hot - over 33 Celsius, but the wind didn't cause any problems so we made good time.

We worked out that it must be a Saturday from the number of other bicyclist's we saw on the road today - we would otherwise have little idea of the day of the week without asking someone.

We go into Utah tomorrow, into the desert. 74 miles with no services is not straightforward - we will have to pack at least 7 litres of water each, and take plenty of food. It is also too hot to ride for much of the day, so we are limited to very early morning, and late evening to cover a lot of miles. The other issue is that we are likely to get stung by the small and random service station at the other end - with no competition within 50 miles, it is sure to have outrageous prices.

Unfortunately, while taking our photograph with some kind RV tourists at the top of Lizard's Head Pass, Alex's camera met it's demise. A fall while turned on is never good for a camera, and for his camera it was the end. But, we still have mine and the people whose RV it fell off gave us their spare camera, which means we'll still be able to capture most of the stunning views that we are lucky enough to see.

We are staying in a motel tonight, a nice change from sleeping bags, and a much needed chance to do some laundry and use the internet for slightly longer than normal.
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