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mosquitoes and ticks

howard hughes blues from kc on 6/30/2007 4:47:24 AM:
mosquitoes must be pretty bad along the trail in the summer. Is it even possible to sleep outside? maybe with plenty of bug spray. also, what is the monthly range for ticks to be prevalent, if anybody knows. Any time after freezing is over ?

 
DougK from Troy on 6/30/2007 8:54:29 AM:
I just camped just all but two campgrounds along the trail. I only encountered ticks at the end of the trail but I didn't have much of a problem with mosquitoes. I don't know about Coopers Landing, the ground had a lot of silt left over from the flood. The other one I skipped was Riverview. The grass was high and it looked like tick heaven. The Windsor Park, Roundhouse, Katfish Katy's, Hart Conservation, Hermann City Park, Marthasville, and Klondike, were all good. Watch out hiking the Portland to Blufton leg, it was like something from a Hitchcock movie with the skeeters.

 
DougK from Troy on 6/30/2007 8:56:44 AM:
Almost forgot. The Hostel at Tebbets is a must stop!

 
Greg A from Shawnee KS on 7/4/2007 11:13:06 AM:

HIGHLY recommend tent. Just stayed at Katfish Katy's - real nice stay but it would be miserable without tent. Bikers next door were trying to 'rough it' - next day they turned back. Common sense - if you're by the river there will be swarming large vicious attacking you-name-it type of bugs. Have tent, will sleep.