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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 20, 2010

Rest Day, Shoe Tree


Alex throwing some shoes!

Day 57 - Rest Day 9, 3 burgers, total 123 burgers

We had a think in the morning and decided that it would be nicer to stay here (Middlegate station, NV) than ride 50 miles to find somewhere in the town of Fallon - with cheap beds, food, water and wifi plus beautiful scenery and nice people, it was a no-brainer.

We visited the Shoe tree - a large tree with thousands of shoes thrown into it by passing travellers - it looks ridiculous, photo's to come - but if you can't wait - search "Shoe Tree, Nevada" in google images. It now has a few more shoes in it - although we didn't have our own shoes to throw, there were hundred's of shoes at the bottom which had been displaced by storms over the years, and we had a good time throwing shoes for a while. Definitely a thing to set up in England, not sure it would work in Kenya. I broke my flip-flop jumping down to collect some shoes, but there is no better place to break a flip-flop! I had a choice of colours and of style in my size, so I acquired some more.

We spent the rest of the day eating, drinking and trying to catch up on emails, I also tried to book my flight from San Francisco to New York. We have 5 days of cycling left - 370 miles, almost the same as London to Edinburgh.

Not sure where we'll end up tomorrow - but it will be between 25 miles and 50 miles east of Fallon - between 75 miles and 100miles away. We'll find out when we are on our way - the wind is misbehaving as I write, but hopefully it will finish its quota of blowing tonight.

One thing I forgot to write about is that we are near the Top Gun training centre - Alex saw some jets flying through the valley's - They use Nevada's deserted valley's to hone their skills. Apparently they often pop up in helicopters to have a burger with the locals here.
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