• Sounds a bit like Shawn and I on our trip last year, dealing with the mosquitoes. From eastern Washington, through Idaho and and Montana and up through Glacier and the Canadian Rockies….it seemed like everywhere we went, there were mosquitoes. We went through multiple cans of DEET, even though it smells awful and gives me the creeps, because nothing else worked. And I still got bit all over, and the bites swelled up and itched for two weeks. They just loved me.

    There were times (especially at Marias Pass) where they were in CLOUDS that kept up with us. Just awful.

    I was actually glad to have a headwind sometimes because it would the only thing that could keep them away.

    Bugs. Bleh.

    January 25, 2012
  • steck

    A year-and-a-half after cycling the South Island, I still have sandfly marks on my ankles.

    January 26, 2012
  • mark henness

    Having spent nearly three years in NZ , the best and only thing you need is OFF . We used it when we did the Otago rail trail. You get it from a chemist. Good Luck. If you make it to sunny Wales pop in.

    January 28, 2012

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