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Old 01-26-19, 03:55 PM
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Pedal Across Lower Michigan - PALM 2019

Ride across the state with 700 others.

I have done this ride eight times so far, and will go again this year.

It is one of the most affordable week long rides.

Pitch your tent on a school field each night, pack it on a truck in the morning and take off on your bike.

Daily mileage averages 45 miles, or 65 miles if you choose the optional route. There is a century option on Wednesday.

Breakfast and supper are available at each site, if you purchase the optional meal plan.

Ride Dates:

Saturday, June 22

through

Friday, June 28


Registration for 2019 is open now.


www.palmbiketour.org


Details on this year's tour, with daily maps linked:

http://www.palmbiketour.org/palm-2019/
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Old 01-26-19, 05:12 PM
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Looks like a great ride opportunity. Sadly, I doubt I could manage the daily average.. for a week.
Hope it's a great success.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
Looks like a great ride opportunity. Sadly, I doubt I could manage the daily average.. for a week.
Hope it's a great success.
Thanks Bob!
The mileage is not as daunting as it first seems. You have all day to get to the next site, so you are free to stop and explore ,or take a break any time.
Instead of wearing down, I find I get stronger throughout the week.
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Thanks Bob!
The mileage is not as daunting as it first seems. You have all day to get to the next site, so you are free to stop and explore ,or take a break any time.
Instead of wearing down, I find I get stronger throughout the week.
I have been diddling with the numbers since my post. I can do 40 easily, sort of in 3.5 hours, my annual ride around a lake and my wife and I rode 14 the next day, no issues at all. So.. if I eased up and spread it over a day... ?
We vacation in the South Haven area every year.
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My wife and I own a building in South Haven. Will have to give it some thought...
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I just signed up and am looking forward to it.
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I keep thinking I want to do that ride in one day (MI C2C - Coast to Coast in June), then I think that would just be painful. A week sounds like more fun.

I did the shoreline west - that was a nice ride (with a day off in the middle if you wish). My wife and I would just take our time, enjoy the day, and chuckle at the lycra guys who sprinted to the end every morning (yeah, normally I might do that). The most important part of getting in shape for that is to make sure your derriere is comfortable with that much time in the saddle.

We enjoyed doing the ride on fatter tires. (40mm for her, 55mm for me). I was surprised that almost everyone seemed to be on 20 something road tires. Given the low rolling resistance of larger tires, I think something between 35 and 40mm would be the sweet spot for a tour like that.
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I keep thinking I want to do that ride in one day (MI C2C - Coast to Coast in June), then I think that would just be painful. A week sounds like more fun.

I did the shoreline west - that was a nice ride (with a day off in the middle if you wish). My wife and I would just take our time, enjoy the day, and chuckle at the lycra guys who sprinted to the end every morning (yeah, normally I might do that).

The most important part of getting in shape for that is to make sure your derriere is comfortable with that much time in the saddle.
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I think that if training for a long ride, one has to toughen up down there where you sit, and I think that requires extended, continuous time in the saddle; I calI it…ahem...uh...pounding the perineum.”
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Yeah, with any tour, toughening up the sitz bones is the main challenge. Unless you have a recumbent, of course. 45 miles a day is nothing, especially given that the route is fairly flat. If you start at 8:00 and ride at a moderate 12 mph, you're done by lunch time.
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I have always wanted to try this ride. sounds fun!
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Fred, If you're kicking around about signing up for the ride...do it soon. I registered for it this past weekend and my bib number was over 600. There's only 700 spots available.

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I've just registered for DALMAC, which runs from Lansing to Mackinaw. I'm doing the relatively-easy 5-day West route, 338 miles in 5 days, about 70 miles per day with a slightly easier last day.
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I've just registered for DALMAC, which runs from Lansing to Mackinaw. I'm doing the relatively-easy 5-day West route, 338 miles in 5 days, about 70 miles per day with a slightly easier last day.
Looks like a nice ride. I'll have to keep that one in mind for next year. Is it relatively flat like PALM.

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I've never done a ride like this. It sounds great. West to east, should be a tailwind most of the way. Maybe I can take a week off of work to do it, I've been wanting to do something like this for a while. I think I might be able to manage the miles, it doesn't sound like that much. My commute is 25 miles daily.
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Looks like a nice ride. I'll have to keep that one in mind for next year. Is it relatively flat like PALM.

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It starts flat but gets hillier as you move north. As 'state rides' go, it's flatter than most, but there are some climbs. Time in the saddle each day is still the most challenging aspect.
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