Alaska 2019

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Guls, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Been here awhile

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  2. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    I've used it and was tremendously pleased.
    Only applied it to the outside of the 'stich and the inside of the tent.
    (They don't recommend it for inside of the tent, but I'm always on a sleeping pad, so am never in direct contact with the treated material.)
    I'll use DEET or picardin when out of the suit.
  3. mcgarrett

    mcgarrett Been here awhile

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    Numerous stretches of up to a few miles each.
  4. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Rode south on the Dalton last 2 days. Going north it was dry; return not so much. In places it was like a dirt slurpee. Saw one large ADV bike in the ditch (totaled) a ways north of Yukon Camp. I hope that it wasn't anyone on this thread.
  5. jackalsour

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    I wouldn’t put it on neck gaiter, buff, hat, things around your face. I put it on my riding suit and pants. I don’t bother with socks or shirts myself. We completely soak our uniforms in it but not socks or shirts, you can feel it burn. You still need something for bare skin like deet.
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  6. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    We rode up this June and expected some kind of legendary bugs but found them no worse than in Maine where we’re from. Actually Montana in the plains had the worst mosquito’s of the trip by far followed by Ontario.

    Bugs were a non-issue (I’m from Maine though so it’s all relative). I didn’t bring any deet or permethrin, just a head net that I barely used. I camped 25/27 days.
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  7. jackalsour

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    Haha @Lee R I'm from New Brunswick and felt the exact same. I’ve experienced far worse elsewhere. Probably just depends on the year and weather etc

    I use permethrin for the ticks who spread Lyme disease. Not really an issue in AK although ticks have been reported here with with increasingly warm climate.
  8. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    I'm from socal, so any bugs is too many bugs!
  9. Cal

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    You need to man up!
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  10. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    We have some bad bugs up in the the northeast.

    Lyme is actually very scary. I grew up on an island and it came to Maine in the late 80’s early 90’s. Half my family has been infected with it but everyone caught it early and are ok. Definitely use permethrin where those things are and if you visit an area with Lyme be very aware of the symptoms (can manifest as a bunch of ailments) because untreated it will do serious damage. Basically if you get sick where I grew up Lyme is on the suspect list. Deer ticks everywhere. My dogs have both had it multiple times (i test them every 6 months) and both had vaccines for it.

    It’s really scary for those who visit say Acadia National Park, go hiking and get infected my a micro sized nymph tick and then return to say Texas and then let it go for years. Doctors have a really hard time figuring out what it is if they aren’t familiar with it.
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  11. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Lets Ride! Supporter

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    I used it on my tent and sleeping mat. I saw the difference it made between my tent and other tents. The bugs and mosquitoes were not around and I could go in and out without them getting in the tent. I mostly got bit on my hands when I didn't use deet. But the mosquitoes weren't as bad as I had feared.
  12. pjgoeman

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    During my trip this past June I found the mosquitoes to be hit and miss. At Valdez, Bell II Lodge, and at the Nugget campground outside Watson Lake they were horribly bad but at most of my other stops not so much. Some of them were pretty potent as a couple of bites on my neck took almost ten days for the swelling to go away. I recommend bringing one of those head nets. I considered it and didn't do it much to my regret.
  13. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    @outdoorsman Did you spray it on the fly, tent body, or both?

    I did pick up a head net as well.
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    no wind and warm (70-80s) waiting for a ferry at the McKenzie River... mosquitoes were unbelievable... wife taking a break

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    Made it there, made it home... More or less safe, not so sound.

    I'd like to especially thank my wife for allowing me to do this "thing."

    And then I'd like to thank my chain and sprockets! And that wonderful rear shock.

    Who could not mention those wonderful front forks? What a pair! Grip heaters - Your're the tops!

    To the guys in the Mitas Tire factory in the Czech Republic, "You did good! Love that E07." The guys and Gals at the Shinko plant - The 705 front tire did exactly what you planned for it!

    And to all of the other bit players and walk-ons, Thanks for making this all happen!





    But I gained two pounds... must have been my bar bill was bigger than the other guy who lost 14 pounds.
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    DukeMButu Minister of Culture

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    Who is that wonderful Dame that mans (Womans) the Welcome Tent at the Arctic Circle. She told me her name, but "doh!" I forgot it. She mentioned she's originally from South Hill, Virginia and her little dog is named max.

    I'm figuring out how to display my certificate without looking like a tool.
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  17. outdoorsman

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    Both!
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  18. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Been here awhile

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    When do you expect to be back in the golden isles?
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  20. phideaux

    phideaux Long timer Super Supporter

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    Sheila... she must be the arctic circle Chamber of Commerce
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