PALM always begins along the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan and heads east along a different route from the previous year. Typical routing includes paved, lesser used roads and generally avoids major urban areas. We try to choose roads with shoulders and a smooth surface, however, you may encounter heavier traffic due to urban sprawl, road construction, and/or limited routing choices . The total distance of the ride is between 250 and 300 miles. Daily rides range from 30 to 60 miles averaging approximately 50 miles. We also provide longer optional routes each day (except Friday).
Schools along the route serve as our overnight stops. We camp on their grounds and use their facilities for showers and meals. Trucks transport our luggage from site to site. SAG vehicles support our riders during the day. Bike shops accompany the tour and can make repairs in the evening.