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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 3, 2010

A Serendipity!

We had a cold early start, leaving at 7:45. Our plan was to ride to Gunnison, 32 miles away, and check it out with a view to perhaps taking a while to look around and perhaps even take a rest day, as we have been told by a few people that it is worth spending some time in the area. When we arrived we went into the visitors center, to ask what we could do. They suggested we go up to crested bute, a great mountain biking area and a ski resort. So we hopped on the bus, upon arrival we experienced a very nice linking of help. First of all a woman told us to visit the Mountain biking museum, which she called the owner to open, as it was not actually due to open for another few weeks! We got a nice private free tour. We were then recommend to go to a local cafe for lunch, where we not only have got a free breakfast from, but we also got out of it a place to stay for the night!

One of the waitresses working at the cafe, Sarah, had also cycled across the USA the previous year, and was very kind to offer us a place to stay for the night. So we thought why not saty in a great place for a night, even if not planned. We wandered around crested bute for a while, which is the most amazing little town, right at teh foot of the mountains, full of people with a great approach to life, in my opinion. Ski in the winter, bike and hike in the summer, and the rest of the time enjoy being in the beautiful mountains. We went on a great scenic walk to a huge waterfall. Tomorrow we will take the bus back to Gunnison, and then 65 miles to Montrose.
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