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#52298 - 19/11/09 06:06 PM mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms
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Me and my wife are in mid 50s, and plan for C2c next year in the second half of September .
I browsed certain amount of related information, read several books, but still have a few questions.
1. Prefer to hike with my legs and arms open, is it any problem with ticks, mosquitoes, etc?
2. Saw a photo with a person caught in mud, can this be avoided, or a feature of the trail. Also here, how many miles of trail you can walk on a paved road?
3. No mention about restrooms, what is an approach to this problem
Regards,

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#52299 - 19/11/09 07:07 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: C2C192m2010]
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#52302 - 19/11/09 07:25 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: C2C192m2010]
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Originally Posted By: C2C192m2010
Me and my wife are in mid 50s, and plan for C2c next year in the second half of September .
I browsed certain amount of related information, read several books, but still have a few questions.
1. Prefer to hike with my legs and arms open, is it any problem with ticks, mosquitoes, etc?
2. Saw a photo with a person caught in mud, can this be avoided, or a feature of the trail. Also here, how many miles of trail you can walk on a paved road?
3. No mention about restrooms, what is an approach to this problem
Regards,

Where do I start.... if you want to go in shorts and t-shirt, then do.
You may get aproblem with ticks around the places where there are sheep, take a look at this site you may find this helpful http://www.brecon-beacons.com/lyme-disease.htm
Mosquitoes - just use a repellent.
Mud, yes there is lots of it, it's part of the fun of being a walker, just watch where you are walking, you are likely to come across bogs anyway.
There is a bit of road walking, I suggest you get a copy of Henry Stedman's coast to coast, it has lots of details about the route.
Restrooms..... bushes, behind rocks. Never urinate near streams, and always bury your faeces, so you will need to take a trowel.
Oh yes just as a reminder, there are no litter bins up on the hills, you will need to take all rubbish down with you, no matter how biodegradable it is.

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#52303 - 19/11/09 07:43 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: HB]
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Unfortunately I did not read Bill's Cleveland way, that's why asking.
I have Coast to Coast with Wainwright, and Coast to Coast path by Henry Stedman.
Yes, my plan is to go in shorts and t-shirt, to dissipate as much heat as possible, paved road also about this, to switch to running shoes from hiking boots.
So you have Lyme, how active are ticks in September, may be a link with statistics available?
About restrooms, just asking. Say in Paris, a law still stands banning women from wearing trousers, better be educated in advance about urinating bushes in foreign country.


Thanks

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#52304 - 19/11/09 07:52 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: C2C192m2010]
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Originally Posted By: C2C192m2010
Unfortunately I did not read Bill's Cleveland way, that's why asking.
I have Coast to Coast with Wainwright, and Coast to Coast path by Henry Stedman.
Yes, my plan is to go in shorts and t-shirt, to dissipate as much heat as possible, paved road also about this, to switch to running shoes from hiking boots.
So you have Lyme, how active are ticks in September, may be a link with statistics available?
About restrooms, just asking. Say in Paris, a law still stands banning women from wearing trousers, better be educated in advance about urinating bushes in foreign country.


Thanks

Are you walking or running??? It's not so hot on the c2c that you will need to dissipate heat, chances are it will be blooming cold and wet. I don't know much about ticks, that's why I put the link on here, you will need to google for the stats. I haven't heard of anyone being bothered with them on the c2c. I don't remember having a problem in Paris with wearing trousers.... I'm a woman!
Where do you live?

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#52305 - 19/11/09 08:02 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: HB]
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Well, I also think that you should not have any problem in Paris, but the law is there.

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#52306 - 19/11/09 08:16 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: C2C192m2010]
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There is a thread on ticks under the general section that you may find helpful to read

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#52308 - 19/11/09 08:38 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: slowcoach]
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yes, a lot of humor, I personally like discussion about removal tools.
My son contacted Lyme several years ago, so I know the details.
What i was not able to find is how frequent are they on C2C, and a percentage of those infected.
So, slowcoach, how many ticks you usually remove after a day walk?
I suspect, according to the forum discussion that none, is it correct?

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#52310 - 19/11/09 09:16 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: C2C192m2010]
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Registered: 26/04/07
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You'll probably find that hardly any of us has had tick problems, much less Lymes Disease. If you really want to you can walka lot of it on paved or gravel tracks. However, none of us really want to. As for 'rest rooms' most of us use the toilets in the village pubs, supplemented with the odd 'rest' behind a bush. For most of us that's ample. I had a bit of a bug on one day though, when I could have rested through the eye of a needle.

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#52312 - 19/11/09 09:33 PM Re: mid September 2010 bugs, mud, restrooms [Re: SteveInLeicester]
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I frequently had to remove ticks from myself before I was issued with official guidelines. Fortunately none were in anyway harmful and, to be honest, I pulled them off (rather than out) with tweezers). The guidelines suggested that people who work in the countryside should cover up exposed skin by wearing long sleeved shirts and not wearing shorts. This I now do and have not seen once since. Dogs do tend to pick them up quickly.


The chances of contacting Lymes is small, but on the hills of the Lakes, the Dales and the Moors, the risk does exist. The rough figures are on the other post. As a percentage of walkers it is very very small.

Can I venture to ask what you generally do about "rest rooms" when you are out walking? Most of use never consider a need for them. Make sure you perform with your back to the wind and you're fine is the rule of thumb.

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