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P.A.L.M Ride Peddal Across Lower Michigan
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posted 1/18/2009
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Have any of you done this ride? I'm thinking about doing it with my family this summer and wanted to get some input.

Are there a lot of hills? What about activities? What is there to do besides ride?

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posted 1/18/2009
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I haven't done it, but I've ridden in most of the areas they are going through in 2009. I'd say it ranges from easy hills to F L A T ! ! ! The towns are all small, so probably not much to do except try to find an ice cream stand.

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posted 1/19/2009
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Is there a Website ?/
Always looking for new possibilities....

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posted 1/19/2009
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www.lmb.org/palm/

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posted 1/19/2009
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Are the roads there as bad as when I was there (seventies)? Only place I've ever been that had potholes on the interstate.

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And yes, terrain around Lansing was pretty flat. Pretty steep moraines in the upper part of the mitten, though.

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posted 1/20/2009
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How old are the members of your family? I've never done PALM, but have been told that it is very family-oriented. On any multiday tour there are things to do along the route...the issue with children is finding something to do in the evenings when you are in some little mid-Michigan town with limited entertainment possibilities. With DOBL, we alway threw a few travel-sized games and a deck of cards into the luggage. She always got a kick out of playing euchre with the adults (and she was a pretty good card player, even at 11!). It's a great opportunity to make new friends.


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I have three boys 6,9 and 13. We did the KATY Trail last summer and they did fine - other than the heat, boredom was our biggest challenge. My wife, who never rides has promised to join us this year. I would be fine just riding/resting but I want my wife to enjoy this. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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An alternative (but self supported) would be to get lodgings in Xenia Ohio for a few days and explore the rail-trails which start there. There is the Air Force Museum, Dayton, numerous picturesque college towns, covered bridges (one just off the trail), and, of course, Young's Jersey Dairy (ice cream!)

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posted 1/24/2009
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Is there a website for this area in Ohio? How long are the trails?

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Everything has a website, but I don't know it. You might try searching the web for local B&Bs or Xenia Chamber of Commerce. Trail to Cincinnati is 50 miles, past a number of small towns and the Fort Ancient area. Trail to Cleveland is not finished yet -- now goes to Springfield. Others are 14 to 20 miles, I think. Or turn around when you feel like it. They are rail trails, so they aren't very demanding. Countryside is very pretty, weather nicest in June, a bit humid in August. Ride through woods, across streams, farmland and fields.
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