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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 6, 2010

Telluride, CO

Days - 41 Colona 6000ft to Telluride 8500ft, 58 miles total: 4095kms, burgers - 95

When you are cycling down a hill and want to be cycling up it, something is wrong. Today, the wind was as friendly as a nail is to a tire. The wind blew and blew, all in the wrong direction. The worst section was after going up a 10 mile hill, there was a 13 mile downhill, and we had to pedal most of the way with the wind slowing us down from 30 mph to 10 mph. People warned us before we went that we were going the "wrong" way - but our reasoning for doing so was sound. Today was one of the days we questioned our reasoning. This in itself makes cycling tougher, as you are thinking about going the other way, which ruins your mental health - something that is more important than our physical health in cycle touring.

Of the 3 people we have met going our way across America, one is in hospital, the other is in Illinois, and the third is somewhere, but no-one knows. I hope we can continue to have good luck!

We started out with a great bowl of cereal, provided by the stand in managers of the RV Camp we stayed in last night. We topped this up with a footlong sub after 15 miles, and a couple of burgers after 45 miles, with a couple more later in the evening. This was not an easy day - but as we are 2500ft higher, I reckon we are in credit for some downhill which should come after 10 miles of tomorrow. We first have to go up and conquer lizrd head pass - 10,230ft, and then its downhill all the way to Utah.

We are staying tonight in Telluride, because everyone said it is a great place to go, and there is a small hot air balloon festival tomorrow morning which we are keen to check out.

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