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.
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!
PALM 33 – XXXIII Saturday, June 21 – Friday, June 27, 2014.
Saturday’s Optional – 20.15 miles
PALM applications will be posted on our Web site on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Participants will be able to download the application and send it in with the appropriate payment and also the required signatures. These signatures on the second page of the application include those of the participants and of the parent and sponsor, where appropriate. If applications are submitted without the necessary signatures, all participants that are included on that application may forfeit their places on the ride.
We understand that sometimes it is difficult for participants to immediately obtain signatures when the application is posted. Therefore, you can download and print the signature page by clicking on the link below. Participants can print out copies of this page and obtain signatures, so that completed applications can be submitted after the actual application is posted on January 12. 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
Dates: June 21-27, 2014 The PALM application will be available on the Web site on January 12, 2014. Don’t forget to put it on your calendar.
The PALM Committee is still working on the route for next year but we can tell you that PALM XXXIII will begin in Holland and end in Lexington. Please continue to watch the web for more information.
PALM 2013 (June 22-28, 2013)
Another PALM has come and gone and now we have to wait until next year. So mark it on your calendar, PALM XXXIII dates are June 21-27, 2014. Also remember to download the application on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
Here is a great article written by Ray Kisonas, Monroe News, about Laura White and Erika Pfeiffer who road a tandem across Michigan. Click here for more information.
Follow the blogs written by Elizabeth Shaw who rode PALM this year…
Check out the new PALM Videos page. You can also find the link under About PALM.