The Route So Far - Google Maps

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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 6, 2010

Plan for next 3 weeks


One of many desktop screensavers we will have at the end of the trip.

From Pueblo to San Francisco, we are following some special cycling maps because services are extremely sparse. There are some sections wehere we won't be able to find water or food for 80 miles. We have four sets of maps that will take us the 1580 miles (from Pueblo) to the end. We aim to finish by the 24th June, giving us some time on the beach and among the Redwoods in Yosemite National Park at the other end. With no rest days, we would have to average 63 miles a day. But, seeing as we are passing through some of the most spectacular places in the world, it would be a shame to ride on by, so we will take 5 rest days. This means that we must average 80 miles for the days that we ride.

A tough schedule, but one which lets us do more with our time, seeing more along the way and lets us have enough time to chat to the people that make this trip interesting. We have three hurdles, The Rocky's, the desert, and the Sierra's. Hurdle one has been overcome - we are now through the Rocky's. We had a great time in them (despite the uphill pedalling), and I think that it is a must to go there for anyone who visits America. We are out of the hills, and into the Desert now, with our first long stretch with no services coming tomorrow. We have 74 miles of nothing but searing heat, rock formations, and the dotted white lines on the road.
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