Day nineteen has come to an end and with it the last full day in France. Today started and ended on the ViaRhona but I cut across country instead of following it up and through Lyon. Whilst it was not really a lot of climbing in retrospect on a loaded up bike with eighteen days in the legs the thought of it was more daunting than the reality. Let’s hope I am saying the same at the end of tomorrow which has only marginally less climbing in it. I am writing this blog as a thunderstorm kicks off in the background which brings back memories of a thunderstorm when I was camping with my parents and Laurie in Blere in the Loire goodness knows how many years ago.
I am taking the liberty on this occasion of revisiting a subject I wrote about on the main page long before this trip started. For most of us holidays and trips away (although maybe not all the work ones) are things that we look forward to and get excited about. The same is not always the case for those on the autism spectrum. Holidays and travel can mean a break in the routine and a move away from the norms that some people on the autism spectrum use to deal with every day life. This can mean that the idea of going on holiday can be quite stressful.
When travelling there are a number of things you can think about such as the facilities or level of training staff at your destination may have. You might need to prepare slightly differently if you are travelling with someone on the autism spectrum. Instead of simply heading to the shops and exchanging some travel money you might need to talk to the person about what they can expect to see when they get to the destination or it could be helpful to show them photos. Much as I have had a plan for what riding to do each day, and the rest of the routine has developed as I have gone along it might be useful to develop a holiday time table so the autistic person knows what to expect when.
As with all of these blog entries you can learn more at the www.autism.org.uk
Thanks for reading,