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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 7, 2010

UTAH! Hot, Beautiful.


Day 41 - New top speed! - 76.9kph

Day 42 - 77 miles, New Top Speed - 77.5kph, New state UTAH! Dove Creeks, CO to a secluded clearing 30 miles west of Blanding 10 metres north of HWY 95.

Alarms at 5.30 - we finally hit the road at 6.47am, still tired, we went to bed late after food and laundry. It got hot - into the high 30's, by 8.45, so we will try and leave even earlier tomorrow - alarm at 4.40. We cruised straight on through the first town, stopping only to top up water, munching toast and honey along the way. When we got to Blanding though, everything was closed - Sunday's really are a day of Rest in Utah. Luckily, a chinese restaurant had been employed to feed the National Guard, and they let us in too. The supermarket was also open, so we stocked up with huge amounts of food to tide us through the next 74 miles. We left with heavier bikes than we have ever had - I had 8 litres of water, and a kilogram of food. We eat alot, and drink a litre an hour, so the extra baggage is completely necessary. This meant that uphills were alot slower, 9kgs makes a huge amount of difference, and downhills were faster - but far more precarious, all the weight is on the back so it swings a bit. Nonetheless, the hills of Utah are steep, and I hit a new top speed.

Utah is a desert, harsh soils, serious heat but is stunning despite it all. The rock formations are awesome and widespread, and the sunset was fantastic.

We have begun estivation (hiding from the heat of the day) and slept under a park bench in blanding from 12.30 to 4. We will find a canyon to do the same tomorrow. This means we have to ride early and late, which means adjusting our sleep patterns to suit.
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