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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 1, 2010

Into the Mountains!

Miles today: 67

Today was one of our best days. The previous day we had looked into whitewater rafting, and it had turned out that on of the best places to do it was at canon city, which was only about 35 miles from pueblo. So we set off fairly late at around 8:45 and did the 35 miles or so with no problem after a good days rest behind us. In canon city we popped into the welcome center and they recommenced a place a few miles further on. so we pitched up, not knowing what to expect. We were so lucky, as we walked in a trip was leaving with a couple of spaces on it, so a quick change of attire and we were off. The trip was great, a fantastic first whitewater rafting experience.

After this, we set out to do as many miles as possible with the remaining daylight. We started off with a 5/6 mile hill climb, but after that it was amazing. We have so quickly gone from nothingness into great scenic mountains. The gorges are breathtaking, and it was great cycling at around 6-7 pm, whilst there was hardly any traffic. We stopped at a small campsite just off the road 20 miles on, where we have been given free lodging for the night, by the kind owner. It is very idyllic. I write this blog in the tent, under the stars, 3 metres away from the river and surrounded by mountains. A perfect end to a perfect day!

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