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    Bon Ton Roulet

    If you live in the Sprigfield MA area and are planning on doing theBon Ton Roulet Tour
    this year and want to split transportation costs to the starting point, contact me off list.
    With the price of gas being what it is, sharing a ride to the starting point and back would save us some money

    Ed

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    Is it really spelled like that, or is it supposed to be as in 'Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler?'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harutz View Post
    Is it really spelled like that, or is it supposed to be as in 'Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler?'
    It's really spelled like that.

    Bumping the thread; this will be my first time there. Are there any experienced BTR riders with suggestions for a newbie?
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    Line your gear bags with plastic bags. The ground might get wet.
    The Lions Club at some locations has adult beverages for "donations"
    If there is rain, you can sleep in most gyms.
    Some people slam the porta pottie doors at night.
    Comfy Camper has a table set up where you could charge your phone.
    You could also charge in the hallways of most of the schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    Bumping the thread; this will be my first time there. Are there any experienced BTR riders with suggestions for a newbie?
    Definitely waterproof your bag. The year I did it it poured one day. The luggage was left on low ground at the bottom of a ski lift. Some bags were sitting in inches of water. Others were left uncovered thanks to inconsiderate riders moving the tarp while retrieving their bags and not putting it back correctly.

    This year I believe there is a rest day in Watkins Glen, which is a bit of a dump, IMO. The hike up the falls is worth doing, and the public pool in the park near the hike is nice, so bring a swim suit. Also, if you get a mote there, check reviews. Some friends of mine got motel rooms and the place was a royal dump.

    There will likely be some nasty hills going E-W/W-E. N-S/S-N tends to be easier since that is the way the glaciers moved.

    It was rather warm the year I did it. I started early every morning to beat the heat. Getting done early also allows you to find the better spots for camping. And the showers were never crowded.

    Prepare for rain. From what people have told me, the event has seen a good amount of rain the last few years.

    Drink lots of wine. If you like Riesling, "Doctor Frank" makes a good one. Adult beverages were available at every overnight location we stayed except for the ski area. That night, which was the last, they threw a kegger with a catered BBQ dinner that was very good. However, the dinners in camp left a lot to be desired on several occasions. At least lunch is on your own. I usually did not stop for a full lunch on the road and instead waited until I got to the finishing town each day.

    Know how to change your own flat. I don't recall seeing frequent SAG vehicles like you do on something like Cycle Oregon.

    There were no sherpas, so you will have to carry your own bag to and from the luggae truck. Pack with that in mind.

    Overall, it's not much different than many other supported rides.

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    Thanks! It'll be my first more-than-a-weekend supported ride (I've done weekend MS rides; and I've done weeklong unsupported), so I'm really looking forward to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    Thanks! It'll be my first more-than-a-weekend supported ride (I've done weekend MS rides; and I've done weeklong unsupported), so I'm really looking forward to it.
    Here's hoping the weather (and the food) is good. When I did it, they had a few massage therapists who travelled with the ride. Extra cost, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    Here's hoping the weather (and the food) is good. When I did it, they had a few massage therapists who travelled with the ride. Extra cost, of course.
    Oh, yeah. I'm not looking forward to riding in weather like Philadelphia had today. If the forecasts are for temps in the high 90s, I'll be waking up before dawn to start rolling as soon as there's light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    Oh, yeah. I'm not looking forward to riding in weather like Philadelphia had today. If the forecasts are for temps in the high 90s, I'll be waking up before dawn to start rolling as soon as there's light.
    When I told people I was going everyone was all "Oh. The weather will be much nicer than July in Philly. Much cooler with no humidity." While it never reached 90, there were a couple of warmer days with some humidity. The worst was high 80s with very little shade. I think we rode from Dundee up the west side of side of Seneca Lake to Geneva then back down the east side to Watkins Glen. It not only got really steamy, but we had a stiff headwind all the way down the east side. To make matters worse, the route markings were screwed up in Geneva and several people kept going around in circles. Then descending into Watkins Glenn a bee hit me in my groin right near my junk and pricked me with its stinger. At the finish, the ride organizers gave me a bag of ice to stuff down my shorts.

    And as metnioned, the penultimate day it rained cats and dogs most of the day. At one point there was nearly a good inch of water on the road it was arining that hard. Lightening, too.

    But the craziest weather hit during the drive to the start in Skaneateles. Heading north on I-81 you climb a good deal. There was a massive rain event and I drove right into low the clouds. At one point I couldn't see much more than the tail lights of the van in front of me. I prayed that he didn't drive off a cliff cause I would have followed him. At one point I pulled into a rest stop for about 45 min. and waited for things to improve.

    Coming back, two friends of mine who are both somewhat "distracted" in nature veered right at the junction of SR 17/I-86 and I-81 when they should have veered left despite huge signs pointing out the way. They ended up driving west on SR 17 for well over an hour before they realized their mistake. When I heard about this later, I could picture them gabbing away, not paying one bit of attention to where they were going.

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    The daily route and elevation for the "short" rides have been posted: http://bontonroulet.com/

    I'm expecting to see the "long" rides soon.

    (Every day, there are at least two different routes to get from the start to the finish.)
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    Looking at profiles is fine if you understand that they are usually compressed to the point where often hills look much harder than they are. You can create a profile in such a way that a 2.5% average climb looks like a monster.

    Forgot to suggest that, if there is room in your bag, a camp chair is a nice luxury. When I did the event you could rent one. Don't know if you still can. We are planning to bring small ones from REI on Cycle Oregon. Beats sitting on the ground, especially if it's dirty and/or damp.

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