The Route So Far - Google Maps

View X-America by Bicycle in a larger map


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 4, 2010

Ups and downs

As the title suggests there were lots of long climbs and fast descents today. Not a tough day , though i think that if we had cycled what we did today 2 months ago, it would have been 'game over'. So it shows how our fitness has drastically improved!

This morning was a bit hectic. We overslept, having had a great ening th eday before, hosted by sarah, who had loads of friends round, lots of them fellow cycle tourers, so lots to talk about, so anyway it gave us 45 minutes to get ready, pack up all our stuff, get over to 'izzys cafe' for a on the house breakfast, kindly offered to us by craig the owner, and catch the bus down to Gunnison at 8:05. We made it however, with minutes to spare, and enjoyed being on the bus even more than usual! The morning ride went fine(got a puncture then as well), even though there are a few tough hills to climb, cycling through the mountains is so worth it. At the top of every hill we climb, we are greeted by sublime views. For lunch we sat outside a gas station(in Cimmaron, a town that contained only a gas station and a very small post office), taking the opporiunity just to relax and appreciate where we are. The afternoon was one big climb and one very fast and long decent(15 miles). We descended over 2500 ft today and have ended up in a campsite, about 15 miles south of Montrose (we have started to go south again, following the maps, to Dolares, before we cross over into Utah).

Tomorrow we have a big day. We will climb to Dallas divide pass which is 9000 ft, and as we are at 5500 ft now it will be a long, but hopefully rewarding day. Tonight should be much warmer than previous nights in the tent, because as we have decended over 4000 ft it should be at least 8 degrees warmer.
Posted by Picasa

No comments:

Post a Comment