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Polar Bear Grand Tour - Best Pictures and Videos of the 2014-2015 Season

By Walter F. Kern

The Polar Bear Grand Tour consists of 550 motorcycle riders who ride their motorcycles throughout the winter season each Sunday to points within NJ, NY, PA, CT, and DE. These polar bear riders have nothing to do with the other polar bears who are often found in the water in groups for special occasions.

We present here a gallery of the best Polar Bear Grand Tour motorcycle pictures and videos for the 2014-2015 riding season. My definition of "best" is probably different from yours. I just looked at the nearly 1000 pictures and 50 videos published during the season and picked what I liked best—whatever caught my eye or I thought was different or offbeat. The pictures and videos are ordered by run. Not all runs have Best pictures and videos. There was NO Hooters run this year. All best videos selected were done by Dave Thompson.

All of these pictures and videos were taken by guest Polar Bear rider-photographers, since I spent the entire season in Florida. I did do all the processing of the pictures and videos and the management of the website. Also, all the captions presented below were done by me.

I want to publicly thank the Polar Bear rider-photographers who took pictures and videos for me this season. They were (including runs covered): Dave Thompson(23), Bernard Walsh(22), Gary Rosen(19), Laura Lins(1), Tom Lins(1), Desi Smith(1), John Harvey(1), and Walter F. Kern(0). As you can see, I needed your help. Thanks guys and gals for your assistance, and I hope you will all continue to take pictures and videos next season.

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Nothing keeps a Polar Bear rider down. - photo by Dave Thompson
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: More and more unusual trikes - photo by Dave Thompson
Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: Family Bob - photo by Bernard Walsh
Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Blue bike, blonde rider, and bounden boats - photo by Dave Thompson
Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Happiness is - photo by Bernard Walsh
Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Buddies - photo by Bernard Walsh
Irish Eyes Pub, Lewes, DE: Staff handle sign in - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Checking the mileage - photo by Dave Thompson
The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Handy Harley rider - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: Beautiful fall ride today - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ: That's not a Harley - photo by Bernard Walsh

The Eagles, Bridgewater, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:23): Parking Lot Activity

Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY: Bob with an entourage of six - photo by Dave Thompson
Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY: They're comin' up the mountain. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY: Hey there little lady - photo by Bernard Walsh
Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY: Polar Bear white Harley - photo by Bernard Walsh

Barnsider Tavern, Sugarloaf, NY - Video on YouTube (0:45): Arriving Rider Group

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Now that's a fancy trike. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ: Three happy riders - photo by Bernard Walsh

Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Video on YouTube (1:00): Waiting for Sign-in to begin
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:54): There's always parking in the back.
Hillbilly Hall, Hopewell, NJ - Video on YouTube (1:04): A work of art

Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Phil loves to ride. - photo by Dave Thompson
Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA: Are we ready? - photo by Gary Rosen

Appalachian Brewing Co, Collegeville, PA - Video on YouTube (1:06): More of "A work of art" from last week

Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, Striking blue and white trike - photo by Dave Thompson
Montgomeryville Cycle, Montgomeryville, PA: What the heck! - photo by Gary Rosen
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Toys for the children. - photo by Dave Thompson
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ: Unusual toy chest - photo by Gary Rosen

The CABIN, Freehold, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:52): Toys for the Children's Hospital
The CABIN, Freehold, NJ - Video on YouTube (1:36): Lots of conversation

Cool Cricket Restaurant, Fieldsboro, NJ: 29 pins - photo by Gary Rosen
Cool Cricket Restaurant, Fieldsboro, NJ: Sporty rider - photo by Dave Thompson

Cool Cricket Restaurant, Fieldsboro, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:58): Inside

Rhodes North Tavern, Sloatsburg, NY: Bears in the light - photo by Bernard Walsh
De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ: Sherry returns from injuries - photo by Bernard Walsh
De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn, Vineland, NJ: Nice jacket - photo by Bernard Walsh
Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Where's Bob? - photo by Bernard Walsh
Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Flags - photo by Dave Thompson
Upstream Grille, Lake Hopatcong, NJ: Wintry enough for ya? - photo by Bernard Walsh
Lago, North Brunswick, NJ: More cages than bikes today - photo by Gary Rosen
Lago, North Brunswick, NJ: Crotona Midnight Run was the night before. - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Crotona winner - photo by Bernard Walsh
The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ: Shovel me not - photo by Bernard Walsh

The Exchange - Rockaway, NJ - Video on YouTube (1:19): Harley Down

Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: There is snow. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Franklin House Tavern, Schaefferstown, PA: A helping hand - photo by Gary Rosen
Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Slightly intimidating - photo by Gary Rosen

Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:45): Group arrives

Bahr's Landing, Highlands, NJ: Bike, bay, bridge, and snow - photo by Bernard Walsh
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: It's snowing! - photo by Bernard Walsh
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Where's the windshield wiper? - photo by Bernard Walsh
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Snow chat on Route 18 - photo by Desi Smith
Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ: Maybe this wasn't such a good idea. - photo by Tom Lins

Lighthouse Tavern, Waretown, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:52): Loopy exit

Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: At least the street is clear. - photo by Dave Thompson
Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ: Wanna race me cross-country? - photo by Bernard Walsh

Long Valley Pub & Brewery, Long Valley, NJ - Video on YouTube (0:52): Where the warm bears are

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ: Leo at 99 - photo by Bernard Walsh

Chatterbox, Augusta, NJ - Video on YouTube (1:07): Inside

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: Hello Mr. Cameraman. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA: Look left, push left, go left. - photo by Bernard Walsh

Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Video on YouTube (0:45): Shopping
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Video on YouTube (0:59): Eating
Brian's Harley-Davidson, Langhorne, PA - Video on YouTube (1:16): Giving thanks

Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: I'm ready for some barbecue. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Pat and friend - photo by Bernard Walsh
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Is that a polar bear in the snow? - photo by Gary Rosen
Hickory BBQ Smokehouse, Kingston, NY: Candy anyone? - photo by Gary Rosen
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Sturgis style parking - photo by Dave Thompson
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Two riders returning from injuries - photo by Bernard Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Chairman Bob chats. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Indian admirers - photo by Bernard Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: She is Gold. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Pensive mood - photo by Bernard Walsh
Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA: Bob with 17 friends - photo by Gary Rosen

Cheeburger Cheeburger, Easton, PA - Video on YouTube (1:12): Sweet Caroline

Cape May V.F.W., Cape May, NJ: A Honda CB750 for all ages - photo by Dave Thompson
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Welcome back Joe. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Debbie and Clyde return. - photo by Bernard Walsh
Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn, Shamong, NJ: Great picture! - photo by John Harvey

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