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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 22, 2010


Yesterday we left early having camped at a beautiful spot by a National park lake. Our ACA maps dont actually take us near lake tahoe but we have been told by many that it is worth going the extra miles and going to see the tahoe, described by one as the 'most beautiful spot in America'. So our plan was to get to do 38 miles to carson city and decide from there, perhaps go into a bike shop and ask advice from some fellow cyclists.

Upon our arrival into Carson city, we had a early lunch, whilst taking advantage of the Wifi and trying to sort out places to stay in San Francisco. Visiting the bike shop was great, as they not only gave us solid advice on going up to lake Tahoe, but also we lubed our chains(both our bikes have started making funny noises). Going up to the lake, we worked out is only about 6 miles further than the ACA route, so we thought why not!

It was a bit of a climb, ascending 2200 ft in 6 miles, to get over the basin into the Tahoe area, but it was sure worth it. The lake is huge and very stunning. It is said the water is so clear at some spots, you can see 67 ft down into the water. There are some other fascinating stats. which after reading them i quickly forgot, nonetheless, it is a fantastic place.

We found a touristy spot by the lake about 15 miles down, where there was a campsite and the usual other water sports facilities provided, eg water skiing, sailing etc. So this morning we are going to pursue the possibility of para sailing which would be awesome! We camped for vast expense last night, after a very expensive meal, but that is the price you pay(liturally) when you come to the busy tourist spots. Today we will have a bit of fun on the lake, and then will do 50 miles or so to near the top of Carson's pass(8500ft), which would leave us with two fairly big days to san fran, but then we are done!!!

THE END IS NEARING!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. I'm so happy for you guys and what you have accomplished! But, I feel a bit sad that your adventure is almost over, it's been so fun to follow your progress!