Day 21 - Taking things literally

Day twenty one proved to have more climbing than any other day so far. The last three days on the bike have had around the same as the other eighteen put together. The temperature is also going up. The next two days are forecast to hit 38 degrees.


I am nearly there though, tomorrow is 50km less than today and nearly half of what comes the day after at 70km. One thing I have learned over the last couple of days is that if you use three different route planning tools they will probably spit out three different answers for the amount of height gain on any given route. It will normally turn out to be the case that the Garmin planner will over estimate, and Google will underestimate when you check what the height gain was at the end of the day. You cannot take any of them literally.


People who are on the autism spectrum can be very literal in how they understand language, and in how they think about things. I mentioned this before in a previous blog but thought it was worth returning to given what happened at lunchtime today. We had two bottles of Orangina (see picture above) one said Monday and the other Wednesday. It is Tuesday today. Dad jokingly pointed Laurie wouldn’t have been able to have an Orangina today. You may have seen the packets of socks you can get with different days of the week on them. Laurie was taking ages to get dressed one morning many years ago. Mum went to check on what the hold up was. Without thinking Mum had put socks out which said Saturday. Laurie couldn’t put them on because it was not Saturday!


We had lunch today at the side of Lac Leman (or Lake Geneva) and the day has come to an end at the side of Lake Neufchatel. Another story about Laurie taking things literally happened beside another Lake, Lake Windermere. We were all walking along and Laurie was walking at ‘warp speed Laurie’ ie twenty paces behind everyone no matter what pace everyone else was doing! Mum turned to check what Laurie was up to and saw something in her hand. Mum asked what it was, Laurie said “it is a please take one”. Pardon was the response. Laurie showed us what she had and it was a rock with a note stuck to it saying ‘Please take one’. We looked back down where we had walked and the wind had caught a pile of leaflets that people had until moments before been invited to take one of. We made a run for the car at that point!


The point of this blog is to say be understanding about how people with autism may interpret what they read and hear. They may not interpret things in the same way as other people.


Thanks for reading,