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’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 email@example.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.
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.
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.
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.
If you have questions, please email PALM at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call us at 734-669-0172.
HELP WANTED on the PALM bicycle tour, June 21 – June 27, 2014
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!