Welcome to PALM
This year we will celebrate the 35th annual PALM. The volunteer staff is working hard to make this a great ride. We look forward to welcoming first time riders to join our veterans who have been on PALM many years.
PALM XXXV is a northern route, starting June 18th 2016 on Lake Michigan’s shore in Pentwater. We will end June 24th on Lake Huron’s shore in Oscoda. Except for the first two site locations, we will be staying in entirely new towns that PALM has never visited before. Some maybe small but they all are looking forward to welcoming PALM riders.
PALM is a family friendly ride, welcoming bikers of all ages and abilities. Daily average mileage is between 40 and 60 miles. We often have two to three generations riding together. Our riders range in age from toddlers in buggers or tag-alongs, to 6-8 year olds pedaling on their own bikes or on tandems, to folks in their 90’s. PALM provides daily optional routes for the more enthusiastic cyclists who desire higher mileage. We even offer a Century for those interested in tackling 100 miles in a single day.
PALM is in the process of streamlining our registration, and has a few changes to announce. New this year, participants have the option of buying all meals (breakfast & dinner) or no meals at all. Riders no longer have the option of choosing which days to purchase meals. A few years ago, PALM made our application available via our web site to download and return by mail. This year’s application will be available on January 10, 2016. Be sure to mail in your applications early, as PALM tends to fill quickly. Don’t forget to have everyone sign the release form, which is available now for download. We accept the first 700 applicants. In 2017, we hope to have our registration process completely online.
I look forward to seeing everyone in June.
PALM XXXV Chair
The wait is over! We have tentative approval from our school sites and can announce the June 2016 PALM route! PALM XXXV will be a Northern route as follows: Pentwater, Whitehall, White Cloud, Evart, Gladwin, Hale, and Oscoda!
Remember to mark your calendar to register for the ride in 2016. The PALM application with go live on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Are you interested in riding PALM 35 (XXXV) June 18 – 24, 2016? Make sure you put the dates on your calendar. We will be posting more information as we confirm the route. We hope to see you next year.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for PALM 2016 please join us at the PALM kickoff meeting on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The meeting (Picnic) will be located at Granger Meadows Park in Dewitt Township, Michigan. Directions and additional information can be found under the Downloads tab located at the top of the page or you can click here to obtain the information. We hope you will join us and share your ideas or suggestions for this family event. Lets make PALM 35 one of the best rides ever.
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.