This Ticks Me OFF

There’s nothing fun, glamorous or exciting about TICKS!  

I’ve been very careful about Where I hike of late because in Missouri in the summer, ticks abound! If you head out to the forest, grassy meadow or other isolated place, you are bound to pick up a few of these hitch hikers!  

So when I decided to do another one of my “town hikes” (that’s where I strap up with the gear and head out around town for some needed training) I had no intention of being in any place where ticks live! However only after a few miles into my hike, I found a lovely old dirt road trail. It looked inviting, so off I went — traipsing thru the overgrowth with little concern for my well being!

After a few miles in to the “back country” I found my legs itching unmercilessly only to find I’d been attacked!    Yes, ATTACKED by hundreds of seed ticks! They were all over me and biting!  So I quickly made my way to a park restroom and”tried” to get them off…no luck!  

I then redirected my path, the most direct route, and proceeded toward home for a good shower to get rid of the ticks…after 2 hot and soaping showers I think I finally rid myself of these nasty things!  

So be careful out the rest….ticks carry a lot of diseases in particularly Lyme Disease — nasty thing! Make sue you larger up with some bug juice before heading out–it could make a huge difference in your happiness along the route!

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Comments 2

  • Gail Barrett : Aug 31st

    Ticks are everywhere! I got Lyme disease just from mowing my backyard here in Maryland a few years ago. Besides using copious amounts of bug spray, I intend to soak my clothes in chemicals before my thru-hike. Still, it is a constant concern!

    • Larry Malcom : Sep 5th


      It appears I was fast in my judgement of type of bites. It appears it may just be lots of chiggar bites. However, I’m always concerned about Lyme disease! Loading up on the spray.



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