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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?

Thanks!

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posted 1/24/2009
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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.
-- posted by rmillay


you can start with this site it has links to other trails in area
http://www.miamivalleytrails.org/miami.htm

if you want to camp john bryan state park

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/tabid/750/default.aspx

also visit clifton mill

http://www.cliftonmill.com/

the cincinnati cycle club has a cue sheet for a ride starting at
port williams you could start in middle (the pork chop ride full slab)






target=_blank>www.cincinnaticycleclub.org/events-and-rides/maps/east/






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posted 1/25/2009
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Is there a website for this area in Ohio? How long are the trails?

-- posted by wbulr


Go to Traillink.com. Search Ohio (or any other state, for that matter). Find the trail you are interested in and click on it. If it has its own website, there will be a link to it.

An alternative organized family ride in Michigan is the Michigander Bike Tour, which utilizes rail-trails and back roads and is from July 11-17 this year. There are 2, 6, and 7 day options. The route hasn't been announced for this year yet, but rumor has it that it will be circular, so we will end back where we started (a nice change from having to pay for a pre- or post-ride shuttle).

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posted 1/26/2009
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I received my registraion today. I think we are going to do this trip this summer. The kids are very excited. My wife is going to join us - big deal as she has never ridden more than 12 miles!!!

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posted 1/30/2009
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Well we sent in the registration today so it looks like we are in. Please all pray for no rain that week and safe travels!

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posted 1/31/2009
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Oh no...just accept from the get-go that there will be one rainy day. It will make it less of an issue when it happens! Be prepared...don't be like HOBL, DOBL and I the first year we rode the Michigander. It was 70 degrees already when we got up at 5 AM, so we threw our jackets and tights in our duffle bags and put them on the luggage truck. Later, about 9:30, a front came through. The temperature dropped to 55 degrees, and it started pouring. There we were, in our bike shorts and sleeveless jerseys. We had to buy a box of trash bags at a convenience store and wear them for the rest of the day.

There will also likely be one very hot and humid day, although being from AR, you will probably be less affected by that than Michigan natives would!

If you need advice on packing, etc. buddy list me and I can give you all my secrets.

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posted 1/31/2009
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BikeLady speak with great wisdom about Michigan weather.

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posted 1/31/2009
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The rain would not be too bad. Last year we did the KATY Trail at the end of July. The highs were about 100 every day - one day the Heat Index was 109. By boys were real troopers - One day we got caught in a Thunderstorm and experienced HAIL for the first time. I'm sure we will deal with what every comes along. We don't mind riding in the rain but setting up a tent is another story.

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The rain would not be too bad. Last year we did the KATY Trail at the end of July. The highs were about 100 every day - one day the Heat Index was 109. By boys were real troopers - One day we got caught in a Thunderstorm and experienced HAIL for the first time. I'm sure we will deal with what every comes along. We don't mind riding in the rain but setting up a tent is another story.

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posted 2/4/2009
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PALM Ride 2009 XXVIII has been filled. It closed yesterday, February 3rd with 700+ riders. the Website for the ride is www.lmb.org/palm/
The blog for the ride is
This target=_blank>palmbiketour.blogspot.com/

This
ride filled in two weeks! Last year it filled in a little over 3 weeks. I have ridden it two times now and it is a great ride! All volunteer staff. Ages range from 2 or 3 up to 2 riders last year who were 90. If you are interested in this ride go the the web site and ask to be added to the mail list. I think the ride will fill in one week next year.
post edited on 2/4/2009 at 8:33:22 AM

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posted 3/14/2009
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OK - I'm pretty sure we are on the ride! Now the planning starts.

How many changes of clothes should I plan on taking for a week long ride? Any other obivious things that would make the trip more comfortable?

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