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Why?

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 20, 2010

The sport of 'shoe hurling'

We decided to rest today, instead to doing a short day of 50 miles to fallon. Having a rest day today means that we have 5 days riding left consisting of an average of just 74 miles a day to reach frisco on the 24th. Having a few big days has made or task for the next 5 days that much easier.

Last night we actually rode past one of the few highlights of highway 50, that being the 'shoe tree'. There are very few trees in Nevada(in the whole state less than 3 or 4 by my reckoning), so to come across on which has thousands of old shoes thrown upon it makes it even more of a spectacle. As it was dark we completely missed it, so rode back to see the tree and throw some shoes up the tree(as one does). After at least an hour of shoe throwing we returned and had a nice relaxing afternoon, sorting out the next few days, and trying to sort out where we will stay in San Fran. We will do about 80-100 miles tomorrow, depending on how feel. We are now on the 'home stretch'! only 370 miles to go.
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