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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 12, 2010

REST DAY - Number 8 - Bryce Canyon


You never know what you'll see by the side of the road - one of the joys of being on a bicycle is that you can stop to have a look at crazy things like toilets in the shade of rocks, 15 metres from the road.

Pulling a cheeky one to avoid an outrageous camping fee by hoping that the camping people have so many people staying that they don't realise we are staying an extra night, we are having a great rest day. We started late this morning, a hard earned lie in till 8.30, before a casual breakfast. We said goodbye to Carl, Sierra and Max - our friendly camping neighbours for the last two nights and generous donor's of a great meal last night.

We then bought tickets to enter Bryce Canyon and, by using the free shuttle buses they provide to prevent traffic in the park, explored it thoroughly. We went to all the main viewpoints, and I took a 3 mile walk into the abyss among the hoodoo's that are typical of Bryce Canyon - Alex chose to preserve the rest day and shuttled back to the campsite. Bryce Canyon is not actually a Canyon - more an amphitheatre of Geology in action - 200 nights a year below freezing mean that frost shattering has eroded the rocks from above, so all that remains is a forest of hoodoo's (towers of rock). I extended the walk by quite a way, taking every little animal track off the main trail (too much of a highway for my liking). It was awesome - another must-see on an American adventure.

We are working on laundry, have caught up on our blog, and will try and respond to your emails - recently too much pedaling, not enough rest and no battery in the computer, means that we have not replied to your emails (although we did read them) - sorry to be slow.

Time to sample the Campground's Hot-Tub!
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