The Family Ride

PALM is well suited to family bicycling. There are longer optional routes for more experienced riders, but the emphasis is on the social and recreational aspects of bicycling.

What Way?

PALM is a well marked ride, there are many little palms on the road that tell you which way to go, YOU WONT GET LOST!

What to Expect

PALM is an exciting six day bicycle ride across Michigan. We use scenic, paved back roads geared to the novice and intermediate rider. The daily distances range between (35 to 60 miles)

The Family

Our largest age groups are 10 - 19 and 50 - 59 year olds. One third of our riders are new to PALM every year, but another third have ridden PALM from 5 to 25 times.

 

Patch History

If you’ve never ridden PALM before, you probably didn’t know that some lucky winner wins a free registration just for designing a PALM patch. Now you can see all the PALM patches, since the first ride in 1982.  The Web page is located under the HISTORY heading. There you will be able to click the link PALM Patches and maybe you can get some ideas to design a patch for PALM 2016. The rules for the patch design contest can be found under the heading ABOUT PALM. Click on the link PALM Patch Design Contest.

PALM Jersey for 2015

PALM will be offering another opportunity to purchase a jersey for 2015. This will be our seventh jersey during the history of PALM. The jersey will be made out of the Genesis Fabric, and currently the price of the jersey is being negotiated, but the cost will be somewhere around $50. The jersey must be ordered when filling out the application. To see what the jersey will look like, hover over the DOWNLOADS heading and click the PALM Jersey 2015 link. We have also included the sizing chart for ordering the jersey.

For more information on the history and images of the PALM jerseys, click here.

PALM 34 – Route Confirmed for 2015

The PALM Committee met today in Lansing, Michigan and confirmed the route for next year, June 2015. The route will begin in Bridgman on Saturday, June 20 and end up at Sterling State Park at Lake Erie on Friday, June 26, 2015. A list of sites can be found under the DOWNLOADS tab and tentative route and mileages mileages can be found under the PALM 2015 tab/heading at the top of the page.

The PALM application will be available to download Sunday, January 11, 2015 at noon. Prior to this date, you can download the Signature Waiver  page found under DOWNLOADS. Participants can print out copies of this page and obtain signatures, so they can later be attached to the actual application and submitted after the application goes live on the Web site.

Please do not send in the signature/waiver page by itself; this page must be submitted as part of the actual application. Even if several individuals are included on the registration form, the necessary signatures can be included on separate pages, all stapled to the front registration page. Please e-mail us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.

PALM Picnic 2014

We will start planning PALM XXXIV at Granger Meadows Park, Dewitt Township Michigan. If you are interested in joining the PALM Volunteer Committee, please bring a dish to pass, a chair to sit in, something to drink and your own table service. The meeting will start at 2:00. Feel free to bring your route suggestions, ideas and your stories of family, fun and travel.

Hope to see you there.

 

Click the link below for directions and a map to Granger Meadows Park.

PALM Picnic 2014

PALM 2014 Children’s Activities

The kids activities schedule for PALM week is now posted to the Web site. Kids will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of activities between 4:00 and 5:30 PM daily. The activities list can be found under DOWNLOADS at the top of the Web site titled Children’s Activities or click here to download.

New Update – Sunday, June 1, 2014

PALM committee had it’s last meeting in Lansing before PALM begins on Saturday, June 21, 2014. New information has been added under the DOWNLOADS menu at the top of the Web site. The new link is General Information. It includes what to do as soon as you get your registration packet, Group Biking, and Daily Activities; for the First Day, Throughout the Week, Last Day, and At every site. This information will be in your PALM registration packet when you check in on Saturday, June 21, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM during registration. To find out more, go to the DOWNLOADS menu or click here for more information. See you in Holland, Michigan, until then “Happy Biking”.

Also a new link has been added to the menu, at the top of the Web site; PALM 33. This link provides this years PALM route along with the cities we’re staying in and the approximate mileages. Clicking on the cities will provide a link to the cities Web pages and clicking on the approximate mileages will provide a link to MapMyRide showing the route and elevations for the days ride. Notice the Saturday’s Optional link has been added showing the approximate mileage and elevation.

Bus Information:

PALM gathers on Saturday afternoon, June 21, at Holland High School at 600 Van Raalte Ave, Holland, MI 49423.  To reach the school, from I-196, take exit 52 to Adams Street.  Turn right (west) onto Adams Street.  Go for 4.6 miles (it becomes East 16th Street).  Turn left (south) onto Van Raalte Ave and go 0.6 miles to the school. Watch for the PALM signs!  The school will open at approximately 12:00 noon on Saturday, with registration from 3:00 until 6:00.  There is an important rider information meeting at 7:00 at the school.   Please note that there is no camping provided at Holland High School for Friday night.If you are taking the bus from Lexington to Holland on Saturday, June 21, please plan to arrive by 8:30 am.  The weeklong parking and drop off location is at Meyer Elementary School at 7201 Lake Street, Lexington, MI 48450.  From I-94, go east to Port Huron.  I-94 ends there at M-25.  Please don’t just follow your GPS as you might end up in Canada.  Instead follow the signs in Port Huron and stay in the right lane.  Turn left (north) on Pine Grove Avenue (M-25).  Go 19 miles north on M-25 to Lexington.  In Lexington, turn left (west) on Lake Street.  If you are coming from M-53, go north to Burnside Road (M-90).  Turn right (east) and drive 14 miles to Brockway Road (M-19).  Turn left (north) and go 3 miles to Peck Road (M-90).  Turn right (east), and go 14 miles to Main Street (M-25) in Lexington.  Turn right (south) 2 blocks to Lake Street.  Turn right to the school.On Friday, June 27, the ride will end in Lexington.  After gathering at the school, we will have a parade (a very impressive site!) at approximately 1:00, with lunch (included in your registration fee) served shortly after 1:00.  If you have reserved the bike ride back to Holland, the busses will begin to leave at about 2:30.

If you have questions, please email PALM at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call us at 734-669-0172 or click on the CONTACT US menu at the top of the Web site, fill in the boxes including your message and click the submit button.

Update 04.14.14

May 15 Deadline for Cancellations is Fast Approaching

For any PALM participants who are currently registered for the 2014 ride, it is important to remember that if you need to cancel your registration and/or meals and bus ride(s), we need to receive a signed written request from you by May 15 in order to receive a refund.  If we receive your written request by that date, you will receive a full refund, minus the $15 individual cancellation fee or $20 family cancellation fee.  Please note that you must send a signed, written request to PALM, PO Box 7161, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.  Sending your request by email is not sufficient.  Any requests for refunds must be received by the May 15 deadline.  If received after that date, we cannot provide a refund for any reason, as we will have already committed or spent your fees.  Please be sure to include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your request.  Note that we usually do not send refunds until after the June ride.

         Please call us at 734-669-0172 or email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com if you any questions.
May 15 Deadline for Additions to Your PALM Registration
       If you wish to add meals and/or bus rides for this year’s PALM ride, we need to receive your request by May 15.  Please click on the Downloads tab and then choose “Application 2014.”  Print out the first page of the actual application, fill in your name(s), and then indicate the meals and/or bus rides that you wish to purchase.  Send us the completed page together with your check for the appropriate amount and a new stamped self-addressed envelope. We will then be able to send you a new confirmation letter that will include your requested additions.
      Please send in your requests as soon as possible.  In particular, if you register for a bus ride shortly before the May 15 deadline, the busses may already be filled and we will be unable to accommodate your request.
       Please call us at 734-669-0172 or email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com if you any questions.

PALM 33 is now filled!

PALM XXXIII is now filled.  Please do not send additional applications for this year’s ride, unless you are registering as a SAG driver (see Help Wanted entry below).  If you have questions, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call us at 734-669-0172.

Help Wanted on PALM 33

HELP WANTED on the PALM bicycle tour, June 21 – June 27, 2014

PALM is in need of additional sag drivers and daily truck drivers.
SAG drivers use their own vehicle for the tour.  As part of the SAG team, on each of the tour days, Sunday through Friday, a SAG driver drives the bicycle route and/or parks in a location along the route.  These “driving SAGS” drive the route and watch for riders who need assistance, transport riders when necessary, and fill water jugs and deliver them to the “sitting SAGS.”  The “sitting SAGS” remain in one position and provide water to the riders.  All sag vehicles carry first aid kits, supplied by the ride, and bicycle tire pumps, and make these items available to the riders as needed.   SAG drivers need to be able to carry two bikes, with a bike rack or other means.  SAG drivers are on duty from approximately 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, except for Friday when all riders finish by approximately 11:00.  In return for their much appreciated services, SAG drivers receive a free tour, three meals each day, gas reimbursement for the miles driven on the ride, and a PALM t-shirt.  The SAG coordinator plans the SAG schedule and will coordinate duties among the SAG drivers.
Daily truck drivers supervise the loading of luggage onto the baggage trucks, Sunday through Friday morning, and drive the trucks to the next night’s stop.  Once the truck is parked at the next school, drivers are free until the next morning. It is possible for the truck driver to then ride his/her bicycle along the route.  Truck drivers receive a free ride, two meals each day, and a PALM t-shirt.
If you are interested in helping PALM out in one of these positions or if you have a friend or family member who might be interested, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call us at 734-669-0172.

PALM Application is Available

The application for our 2014 ride, PALM XXXIII, is now available. To download the application, click on the “Downloads” tab above and then click on PALM 33 application 2014.

If you wish to join us on this year’s PALM, you will need to complete the application and send it in by regular US mail. Be sure to sign all necessary places on the Waiver page (participants, parent if necessary, and sponsor if necessary). Include a check for the correct amount and a stamped self-addressed legal size envelope. Applications that are submitted without the necessary signatures may lose their place on the ride.

You many include up to five people on the same registration form, assuming that the address, phone number and emergency contact information is the same for everyone on the application. If you wish to submit more than one registration form together, simply include all forms, checks, and stamped self-addressed envelopes in the same envelope. By doing this, you will ensure that all individuals in your group will be accepted or none will be accepted.

The ride is limited to approximately the first 700 participants. We will accept by date of postmark and will conduct a lottery if necessary. Please do not send your application by Priority or Express Mail as this will not increase your chance of being on the ride.

Please note that all participants must register and pay the appropriate fee, with the exception of sag drivers and truck drivers. This includes non-rider, young children, and drivers of private vehicles that will accompany the ride.

If you are accepted for PALM 33, you will be notified by email or phone as soon as possible, probably within two weeks. If you are not accepted, we will return your check.

We hope to see you on PALM 33!

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