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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 4, 2010


78 miles, 1 puncture, total - 4005kms 4 Thousand Kilometres!!

The best thing about going uphill is that you get to come down them. We started today in Gunnison after a hectic start catching an early bus from Crested Butte, after our free Izzy's breakfast. We were at 7,700 ft in Gunnison, then had a couple of 5 mile climbs, up to above 8,000ft, before going all the way down to 5,800 ft in Montrose, down one long long hill. The good thing is, it wasn't very hard. the bad thing is, we have to climb back up to 8000 ft this morning, and 10,000ft in the afternoon!

We stopped at almost all the scenic places, if we had stopped at them all we wouldn't have made it here. We are now camped in an RV camp, having paid for our first night since Pueblo. We will go as far as we can today - stopping at Telluride, where there is apparently a balloon festival happening. Time to wake Alex up, its getting warmer...

1 comment:

  1. Ponsonby brothersJune 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Keep up the good work! Jamie(autistic) and me are looking forward 2 seeing u again!!!