On the Tour – Safety!
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Amid all the excitement of your vacation, the Bon Ton Roulet remains vigilant in helping you stay safe. Please take time to review our safety information and your role in making this tour as safe as it is fun!
Illness Preparedness Plan
Illness can spread rapidly on a bike tour. As part of our broader Illness Preparedness Plan, we’ve listed some health safety DO’s & DON’Ts to help you keep illness at bay. To review our full Illness Preparedness Plan, go to our DOWNLOADS page and click on the icon.
DO wash your hands often using antibacterial soap
DO use hand-sanitizing liquid, versus not washing hands
DO clean your water bottle mouthpiece before drinking
DO eat whole & pared fruit served from food-safe gloves
DO keep hydrated by drinking water regularly
DO comply with hygiene signage wherever posted
DO report any unsafe hygienic practices you observe
DO report any symptom of illness immediately
DON’T eat while wearing bicycle gloves
DON’T replace hand washing with hand-sanitizing liquid
DON’T “hand wade” in the coolers
DON’T store personal items in Bon Ton Roulet coolers
DON’T share fruit or other personal consumables
DON’T assume you’re not sick if you have symptoms
Restroom & Shower Facilities
The Bon Ton relies mainly on the facilities at schools and colleges to accommodate our overnight campers. A mobile shower truck is also available at camp as well as portable restrooms where facilities may be limited. Please report any unsanitary conditions.
Waiting until you’re thirsty to drink is a common mistake. Feeling that you need to drink is an early indicator of dehydration. On the other hand, Hyponatremia can result from excessive fluid intake. To maintain proper hydration all riders should carry at least two water bottles and remember to drink at regular intervals. Also, avoid taking any non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, a rider’s skin will be exposed to the sun all day. We recommend the use of sunscreen with a high SPF on all exposed skin in order to reduce sunburn.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Our SAG vehicle drivers often give several quick beeps of their horn as they approach riders along the route. When this happens simply gesture; Thumbs Up = “I’m OK and don’t need assistance”, Thumbs Down = “Please stop. I need assistance.”
Safety Requirements & Recommendations
The following will help make this tour safer and more enjoyable:
Rare Severe Weather Conditions
The most common severe weather condition involves heavy rainfall, lightning, and/or strong winds. These conditions may force you to seek temporary shelter in a commercial or municipal building, on the porch of a private residence, or even in a SAG vehicle. If shelter is not near during a lightning storm, crouch down away from trees and keep at least 15-feet away from other people, bikes, or metal objects. Overnight camps also have sheltered areas for these rare severe weather conditions. Forecasts are posted on the Message Board and updated regularly as new weather information becomes available.
On the Tour – Amenities
Our tour offers you amenities like no other! While some tours furnish only the basics, the Bon Ton made the decision long ago to provide the maximum amount of comfort to our guests at a reasonable price point. And we’re always looking to provide you with even more! Take a minute to review the many luxuries we provide. If you see something we’ve missed, please drop us an email and suggest something for future tours.
Breakfast & Dinner
Breakfast & dinner are provided as part of the registration fee and are located either at the overnight camp, or within a short distance. Both meals, including meatless entrees, are offered throughout the week, except for dinner on the Layover Day. Please note our Medication Policy, found on the PLANNING page.
Wherever possible, our routes are mapped to take riders near lunch options, which are posted on the daily attractions sheet. We encourage riders to carefully consider their morning pace in order to arrive near lunch options around noon. Or… Riders can simply take advantage of our hearty breakfast & dinner, or our well-stocked Rest Stops. Lunch is not provided by the Bon Ton.
Two Rest Stops are provided along the route during the week. The morning stop is located roughly 10-15 miles from the day’s start point, and the afternoon stop is roughly 10-15 miles from the next overnight camp. Riders can refuel with a wide selection of fresh fruit, water, and sports drink. Rest Stop food and beverages are provided as part of the registration fee.
Water Fill Stations / Beverage Coolers
Each overnight camp has a water filling station for water bottles. Bottled water, sports drinks, and other beverages are also located in ice filled beverage coolers near the Information Tent. For a small fee participants can retrieve beverages and ice (free) from these beverage coolers; however, storing personal items inside, such ice packs or medication, is strictly prohibited.
Our cash & carry Snack Bar, located near the Special Delivery, offers typical “snackie” fare such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and candy– food to curb a hungry appetite!
Each evening you can relax to the sounds of great local musicians or listen to a local historical speaker.
For the convenience of fellow riders we ask that all overnight campers observe a quiet time after 10:00pm each night. For those campers with a later bed time, or are simply noisy sleepers, we recommend that you place your tent away from other campers.