PALM XXXVI

Are you interested in riding PALM 36 (XXXVI) June 24 – 30, 2017? 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.

Letter From the Chair

Wow, what a great year to be Chair of PALM!
New and exciting things are in store for us.

We are working on a very beautiful route through the
southern half of the state, and our registration process
is being updated so it will be more convenient for everyone
to use.

I would like to thank all riders who participated in PALM 35.
A lot of sun and very little rain gave us one of the best years
ever. I know that it was hot on some days, but we all drank
plenty of water and made it just fine.

About one third of PALM 35 participants were new to week long touring.
To them I say, congratulations!
Some of the days were long and hilly but, as Gary (our route Chair)
would say, “That builds character”.
I am so proud of the riders who completed their
first metric or full century on this year’s tour.
That is quite an accomplishment to look back on.

Please feel free to browse our web page for information on
our ride and some fun pictures. Look for some new features
as well.

Thanks again, and see you on the road!

Andy Vast-Binder

Chair, PALM 36

Presenting the Photo Contest Winners!

A big THANK YOU to all who submitted photos.

The Winner – Congratulations to Ben Sutton!

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Honorable Mention

Lighthouse & bike        Sarah Nason
Bikers in trees              Sarah Nason
Barn & Bike                  Barb Raiford
Sunset & tents              Katie Gala
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It’s PALM Picnic Time!

 

It’s that time of year again. Fall means it is time to start planning next year’s ride.

Interested in becoming part of the team? Come and join us for the PALM picnic!

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Time: 2:00 P.M

Location: Granger Meadows Park, Pavilion #1 Dewitt Township, Michigan

Hamburgers, hotdogs and a vegetarian option will be provided.
Please bring a dish to pass, something to drink, and your own table service.

The meeting will start at 2:00.

Bring your routes, ideas, and your stories of family, fun and travel.
Please remember, no dogs are allowed in the park.

Hope to see you there!

Directions

From the North

South on Business 27 to State Road. (Marathon Station on the corner of State and 27)
Turn left on State Road; go east to Wood Rd. (first light)
Turn right on Wood Rd. (south), Granger Meadows Park is just after you turn onto Wood Road.
Turn right into the park; we are at the first picnic area. .

From the South

North on US 127 to Lake Lansing Road.
Turn left onto Lake Lansing Road (west), after you go over the overpass, there is a mall. Go past the mall
Turn right onto Wood Road (north), Speedway is on the corner.
The entrance to the park is just before State Road. (just before traffic light)
Turn left into the park, we are at the first picnic area.

PALM Song

The “PALM Song” has been added to the website. You can find the lyrics under the “DOWNLOADS” tab on the website. Click on the “PALM Song” link and you can download then PDF file for your pleasure. The PALM Song is to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. Happy Singing

The PALM is a great kind of bike ride!
The PALM is the ride of my dreams!
BUT!!
I really don’t like lots of headwinds
And if I see one more hill I’ll scream!
Let’s bike! Let’s bike!
The PALM is the ride of my dreams! My dream So!
Let’s bike! Let’s bike!
Then we can all go get ice cream!

Justin’s Official 2016 Photos

For those interested, Justin’s Official 2016 Photos have been added to the website. You can find them under the “About PALM” tab on the website or Click Here to go directly to the photos.

Directions

Here are the directions for getting to Pentwater and Oscoda.

Pentwater –

The starting site is Pentwater Public School at 600 East Park Street, Pentwater, MI 49449. Take US 31 to exit 154. Go west on Business 31 (Monroe St. becoming Sixth St.) for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Clymer for .5 miles to the school.

Cars: turn right on Park Street and go to the back of the school. Cars can unload along either Third or Hanover Streets. Then park on the school property across Third Street adjacent to the bus garage for day or week long parking.

Campers and RVs:  Turn left on Park Street and then right on Morris Street which is one way. You cannot park overnight on school property, but the city police will allow you to park overnight (Saturday ONLY) on Morris Street. There is no week long parking for campers and RVs.

  • No camping at the school site on Friday nite
  • RV camping/parking for Saturday night will be ONLY on the one-way street called Morris Street, far right side of the road, parked one behind the next
  • School site opens on Saturday at noon, please do not set up before noon

Oscoda –

The end site is Oscoda High School; 3550 E River Road; Oscoda, MI 48750. Take I-75 exit 190. Take M-61 east 2.7 miles to M-23 N. Turn left onto M-23 N for 51.1 miles. In Au Sable Twp turn left onto East Mill St and right onto West Mill St. Turn left onto West River Rd and go 1.8 miles. The school is on your left. The parade is scheduled for 11:30, and lunch will be provided at noon.

Registration Extended

PALM Registration has been extended from April 1 to May 1. If you have family or friends that still want to get on the ride for this year have them register as soon as possible. The dates are from June 18 – 24th.

To register, all you have to do is download and 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 have questions or concerns, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172.

PALM Staff

PALM Registration still Available

If you haven’t already registered for PALM 2016, it’s not too late. We still have room available, so call all your friends and  get your application in as soon as possible.

The 2016 PALM application is posted as a PDF document on the DOWNLOADS tab of this website.

To register, all you have to do is download and 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 have questions or concerns, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172.

PALM Staff

Application is available for PALM 2016

The application for PALM 2016 (PALM XXXV), is now available. To download the application, hover over the “Downloads” tab above and click on Application 2016.

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.

Please remember, If you want to register as part of a group, include all the applications for your group in the same envelope when you mail them to us. If some members of your group live far away, have them download the Signature Waiver on the Downloads tab of our website, sign it and send it to you beforehand so that you can put the signed waivers in the same envelope as your application(s) that you are mailing to us.

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

We hope to see you on PALM 35!

PALM 35 Application link