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.
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!
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)
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.
If you are taking the PALM bus from Sterling State Park to Bridgman on June 20, see our website www.palmbiketour.org for information about state park entrance and parking fees. The end site is Sterling State Park at 2800 State Park Road; Monroe, MI 48131. From the west, take I-94 east to exit 194A to I-275 south. In 14.3 miles take ramp left for I-75 South. Once on I-75, take it to exit 15 (Dixie Highway) east toward downtown Monroe. In 0.9 miles turn right (south) onto State Park Road. Please arrive ready to go by 8:30 AM. A one hour lunch stop is planned. Bikes should have their pedals and any loose items removed. Handlebars should be turned 90 degrees to accommodate loading onto trucks. It is best to wrap the frames with foam or newspaper to prevent possible scratches. We do our best to protect your bicycle but PALM is not responsible for damages. Please don’t box your bike.
This year’s PALM ride begins in Bridgman on June 20. Bridgman is very near the Lake Michigan shoreline, with Weko Beach only about 2.25 miles from the high school. Saturday also is the day of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival that will be held in Bridgman and Weko Beach. Details on the festival can be found at http://lakemichiganwinefest.com/welcome/. There is a $10 charge, if purchased ahead of time for entering the festival area and $20 on Saturday. Wine tasting is an extra cost. Because of the festival, riders will not be able to ride to Weko Beach on Saturday in order to dip their tires in the lake. However, the road and beach will be open again on Sunday morning.
On Saturday, people are welcome to walk the mile to the beach from the town or they can ride to Warren Dunes State Park, just a few miles away. The suggested bike route to Warren Dunes will be posted at the information table at Bridgman High School on Saturday afternoon. We will have concession food available at the school until about 7:00 pm, so you don’t need to go to town to eat.
Recreation Passport – Sterling State Park
If you are leaving your vehicle for the week long parking or planning on picking up your family at the end of the ride, you will need a recreation passport to enter Sterling State Park.
A Recreation Passport grants vehicle access to any Michigan state park (including Belle Isle), boat launch, state forest campground or nonmotorized state trailhead parking. Residents can purchase the Passport for just $11 ($5 for motorcycles) at the time of Michigan license plate renewal through Secretary of State. Forgot to check “YES” during renewal? Residents and nonresidents can purchase a Recreation Passport window sticker during regular business hours at state parks. A non-resident motor vehicle permit ($9 daily or $31 annual) can be purchased at the park or online at www.michigan.gov/estore and by clicking on ‘State Park Recreation Passport’. Learn more about how the Recreation Passport supports state parks and local outdoor recreation opportunities at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.
A copy of the Sterling State Parking Map can be found on the Downloads Tab of the Web site.
Registration for the PALM application has been extended until May 1, 2015. If you haven’t already registered for PALM 2015, it’s not too late. We still have room, so call all your friends and get your application in as soon as possible.
The 2015 PALM application is posted as a PDF document on the Downloads tab of this website.
To register for PALM 2015, download and then complete the application. Mail the completed application (with the required signatures), a business sized stamped self-addressed envelope, and a check or money order covering the appropriate fees for all participants on the application to PALM, PO Box 7161, Ann Arbor, MI 48107. Be sure to complete and include the signature page(s) for all applicants. Applications will not be accepted without the required signatures.
If you are planning to order a jersey, they must be ordered and paid for by April 1. If applications are sent after April 1, jersey orders will not be accepted.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.
Welcome to PALM
As I am writing this annual “Welcome to PALM” letter the seasons are changing. The trees are losing their colorful display of leaves. The nights are cold and the days are cool and crisp. It’s not ideal biking weather, but we all are looking forward to and planning for next year’s biking season. PALM has entered its own season of change. Kevin Novess has reached the end of his term limit as PALM Chair. I, Beth Best, was elected as PALM Ride Chairwoman for the next 3 years. I started riding PALM 20 years ago and have been on staff for the past 10 years, so many of you may know me, if not by name at least by face.
PALM XXXIII will be a northern route, starting June 21, 2014 on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Holland and ending June 27, 2013 on the shores of Lake Huron, in Lexington. Except for our starting and ending locations, we will be staying in entirely new cities or cities PALM has not visited in over 23 years.
PALM is welcoming to both veterans and new riders. Almost every year, 1/3 of our riders are first timers! Known as a family friendly ride, PALM often has two or three generations riding together. Our riders range in age from young children in buggers or tag-alongs, to 6 – 8 year olds pedaling on their own bikes, to folks in their 90’s! PALM caters to riders at all abilities: optional routes are available for the more enthusiastic cyclists that desire more miles each day. We even offer one day for those interested in riding a Century (yes that’s 100 miles!)
This year, PALM has made a few changes to the application process that all participants must be aware of. PALM will continue to “go green”, with applications only available via our website to download and return by mail. We will not send a hard copy letter informing you of when and how to register as in previous years. The application will be available to download on January 12, 2014. No paper applications will be sent out by mail for PALM XXXIII. This process ensures that all potential ride participants receive their applications at the same time.
Our Signature Waivers will be available to download from the PALM Web site prior to the general application. You can find the Signature Waiver page under the DOWNLOADS heading at the top of our Web site. This is also where you will find the Application for 2014. We hope that families and friends visiting together over the holidays will be able to review and sign the waiver page together. Signatures from all riders must be obtained before the general application can be submitted. This page can be mailed to PALM along with the completed general application after it is posted on our Web site on January 12.
If you plan to ride the 33rd Annual PALM your application must be submitted as soon as possible. Our deadline to register is May 1, 2014, or until we hit the 700 rider capacity. In 2013, PALM set a record for selling out: all 700 slots were filled in ONE day! So get your signature waivers signed and applications submitted quickly!
Come see why PALM is “Michigan’s Premier Family Oriented Bicycle Tour since 1982”! I’m looking forward to seeing you all Pedal Across Lower Michigan in June 2014.
2014 PALM Chair