The Family Ride

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.

What Way?

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!

What to Expect

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)

The Family

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.

 

Update 04.14.14

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.

         Please call us at 734-669-0172 or email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com if you any questions.
May 15 Deadline for Additions to Your PALM Registration
       If you wish to add meals and/or bus rides for this year’s PALM ride, we need to receive your request by May 15.  Please click on the Downloads tab and then choose “Application 2014.”  Print out the first page of the actual application, fill in your name(s), and then indicate the meals and/or bus rides that you wish to purchase.  Send us the completed page together with your check for the appropriate amount and a new stamped self-addressed envelope. We will then be able to send you a new confirmation letter that will include your requested additions.
      Please send in your requests as soon as possible.  In particular, if you register for a bus ride shortly before the May 15 deadline, the busses may already be filled and we will be unable to accommodate your request.
       Please call us at 734-669-0172 or email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com if you any questions.

PALM 33 is now filled!

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 palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call us at 734-669-0172.

Help Wanted on PALM 33

HELP WANTED on the PALM bicycle tour, June 21 – June 27, 2014

PALM is in need of additional sag drivers and daily truck drivers.
SAG drivers use their own vehicle for the tour.  As part of the SAG team, on each of the tour days, Sunday through Friday, a SAG driver drives the bicycle route and/or parks in a location along the route.  These “driving SAGS” drive the route and watch for riders who need assistance, transport riders when necessary, and fill water jugs and deliver them to the “sitting SAGS.”  The “sitting SAGS” remain in one position and provide water to the riders.  All sag vehicles carry first aid kits, supplied by the ride, and bicycle tire pumps, and make these items available to the riders as needed.   SAG drivers need to be able to carry two bikes, with a bike rack or other means.  SAG drivers are on duty from approximately 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, except for Friday when all riders finish by approximately 11:00.  In return for their much appreciated services, SAG drivers receive a free tour, three meals each day, gas reimbursement for the miles driven on the ride, and a PALM t-shirt.  The SAG coordinator plans the SAG schedule and will coordinate duties among the SAG drivers.
Daily truck drivers supervise the loading of luggage onto the baggage trucks, Sunday through Friday morning, and drive the trucks to the next night’s stop.  Once the truck is parked at the next school, drivers are free until the next morning. It is possible for the truck driver to then ride his/her bicycle along the route.  Truck drivers receive a free ride, two meals each day, and a PALM t-shirt.
If you are interested in helping PALM out in one of these positions or if you have a friend or family member who might be interested, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call us at 734-669-0172.

PALM Application is Available

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!

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PALM XXXIII Route

 

PALM XXXIII route has been confirmed. Here is the route for next year.

Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Holland Wayland Greenville St. Johns Flushing Kingston Lexington
Approx Mileage 44 55 53 55 56 45
W/Optional Mileage 65 67 69 100.3 63 None

Signature Waiver

SIGNATURE WAIVERS

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 palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.

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Letter from the Chair

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, 2014No 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.

Beth Best
2014 PALM Chair

PALM XXXIII (2014)

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.

Route Update:

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 Photos

In order to share pictures, PALM has established a “Share Site” on Shutterfly.  If you wish to see pictures from this year’s ride, just use the pull down menu for “About PALM” and choose “Ride Photos.”  If you wish to add some of your own pictures to the site, please do one of the following.  First, if you have a Shutterfly Account, just go to http://palm2013.shutterfly.com/, sign in, and follow the prompts to add your pictures.  You can create a new album or add to an existing one.  Second, if you don’t have a Shutterfly account and don’t wish to sign up for one, you can email your pictures to palmbiketour@yahoo.com, or send a CD of them to PALM, PO Box 7161, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.  We can then add your pictures to the Share Site.
You can, of course, also upload pictures to Facebook for us all to enjoy.
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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.