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An email from Bob Hartpence

Mon, Apr 06, 2020 10:23 am


Subject: Polar Bear Grand Tour

I hope you are all safe and healthy.

I am very sad to say our Polar Bear Grand Tour season must end early. Due to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) travel advisory released March 28, the subsequent request by our President to restrict unnecessary gatherings until April 30, and the calendar itself, our opportunities for Polar Bear rides are gone for the rest of this season. Certainly the founders of our Grand Tour never envisioned this situation when we formed the rules. As Chairman, and with agreement of our Flight Leaders and the rest of your Staff, I am making the difficult decision to end this season. Rides cancelled or suspended will not be made up. Therefore, I am going to award 60-point pins to every Polar Bear who currently has 50 or more points. Patches, rockers and pins will be available for the 2019-2020 season will be available at the beginning of our 2020-2021 season. If you went to Daytona, let me know. Remember this is on the honor system. You can register for the 2020-2021 season online on the first page. If you would like, you can send me the money for next season.

Robert Hartpence

A letter from our Polar Bear Grand Tour Chairman, Bob Hartpence:

Subject: Covid-19 virus

Due to the Covid-19 virus ...

After checking with the stops, the owner/managers said they will be closed except for pick-up and delivery according to government guidelines. Included in the stated guidelines, there should be no more than ten in a group.

With many of our members in the higher risk age range and for the safety of everyone, we are going to cancel the Polar Bear rides for now. If things change, then we shall do the rides. So keep checking your email and the web page for updates. We hope things change soon but, it does not look good. The staff is looking for other ways of concluding the season.

Any members with perfect attendance will receive their pin. Pins and patches will be available next season.

Be safe!


By Walter F. Kern

This page contains links to pictures and videos taken by me or designated guest photographers at Polar Bear Grand Tour sign-ins. Since I'm in Florida for most of the Polar Bear Grand Tour season, I rely on the following photographers: Dave Thompson, Bernie Walsh, Gary Rosen, and others who send me pictures and videos.

All pictures and any associated captions are presented in the spirit of good humor as displayed by most motorcyclists. Captions are meant to entertain and never are offered as an insult or reflection on any person, motorcycle, or situation. Any picture and caption may be removed from these displays by contacting me at walter@motorcycleviews.com.

The complete schedule is shown below but links to pictures for those events will only be activated when pictures are available for publication.

—Walter F. Kern, Webmaster

***** BULLETINS: *****

Two dates have been switched, one date has been cancelled and the season has been suspended beginning March 22, 2020:

1) On March 22, 2020, we will be going to Rhodes North. (Old date was April 19, 2020.)

2) On April 19, 2020, we will be going to Hickory BBQ Smokehouse. (Old date was March 22, 2020.)

Brian's H-D Has Been Cancelled on March 15, 2020: COVID-19 VIRUS

Cape May V.F.W. - Oct. 27, 2019
Lewes, DE - Nov. 3, 2019
Eagles - Nov. 10, 2019
De Thomasi's Inn - Nov. 17, 2019
Hopewell - Nov. 24, 2019
Montgomeryville - Dec. 1, 2019
PJ Whelihan's - Dec. 8, 2019
O'Connor's (XMAS) - Dec. 15, 2019
Hamilton Tap & Grill - Dec. 22, 2019
** RIDE CANCELLED ** Rhodes North Tavern - Dec. 29, 2019
Pic-A-Lilli Inn & Chilly Chili Run - Jan. 5, 2020
Victory Brewing Company - Jan. 12, 2020
Woody's Roadside Tavern - Jan. 19, 2020
The Exchange - Jan. 26, 2020
Franklin House Tavern - Feb. 2, 2020
Hooters - Feb. 9, 2020
Pub 199 - Feb. 16, 2020
Lighthouse Tavern - Feb. 23, 2020
Long Valley Pub - Mar. 1, 2020
Bahr's Landing - Mar. 8, 2020
* RIDE CANCELLED * Brian's H-D - Mar. 15, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS
* RIDE SUSPENDED * Rhodes North Tavern - Mar. 22, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS
* RIDE SUSPENDED * Plumsted Grill - Mar. 29, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS
* RIDE SUSPENDED * Cape May V.F.W. - Apr. 5, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS
* RIDE SUSPENDED * Hickory BBQ Smokehouse - Apr. 19, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS
* RIDE SUSPENDED * Get-Together at Pic-A-Lilli Inn - Apr. 25, 2020 COVID-19 VIRUS

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Pictures from Past Seasons:

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2016-2017 pictures
2015-2016 pictures
2014-2015 pictures
2013-2014 pictures
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2011-2012 pictures
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2007-2008 pictures
2006-2007 pictures
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Best Pictures of 2017-2018
Best Pictures of 2016-2017
Best Pictures of 2015-2016
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Best Pictures of 2013-2014
Best Pictures of 2012-2013

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