Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Big THANKS to West Bend Noon Rotary

A great turnout this week as the West Bend Noon Rotary held its meeting at Jumbo's Frozen Custard and featured ME as their guest speaker.  The primary topic was the Amazing Ride for Alzheimer's and the upcoming tour bicycling from Nova Scotia to West Bend.

Talked about the sponsors, the miles, the goal to raise money for activities for residents with Alzheimer's at Cedar Community. Announced the West Bend radio AM 1470 WBKV will be carrying live tour updates on the morning show. I'll phone in a couple times a week and speak with show host Bob Bonefant and bring everyone up to speed on my mileage, my whereabouts and the latest adventure.

I showed everyone at the meeting the photo of me and my dad and my sister on the Steffes 'baby-seat bike' from 1965 and told the story about my dad getting pulled over by the cops in Shorewood. "You can't do that," said the officer to my father.  My dad pushed off the curb and said, "Arrest me."

I know my father, who has Alzheimer's, doesn't remember the story but he laughed the hardest when he heard it!
                That little red-headed one up front that looks like a boy is me.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guest speaker at West Bend Noon Rotary

Save the date, Monday April 28! I will be the guest speaker at the West Bend Noon Rotary meeting at 4 p.m. at Jumbo's Frozen Custard, 1014 S. Main St.

I will be talking about this year's bicycle tour for Alzheimer's. I will have my bicycle on hand as well as some vintage photos of my dad and his famous baby-seat bicycle. I will (hopefully) be able to unveil my new tour jersey and share some exciting news about sponsors and a local radio station that's jumped on board to provide live updates during the three-week tour!

Bring your friends and family to Jumbo's on Monday, April 28.  We'll see you there!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Riding in tribute...

We did this last year with great success and we'll do it again on this year's tour from Nova Scotia. I will ride in special tribute each day to a family member or friend.

All it takes is a $100 contribution to the Amazing Ride for Alzheimer's and a photo. About a half-dozen people have already submitted donations, photos and requests.

We will post the photo atop the webpage in a 'special tribute' section. There are about 20 available days open for special tribute - - where I will spend that day riding in someone's honor.

Send a postal address and I'll also mail a post card from the road.

You can email the picture to  Please send a name and some contact info. The check can be made out to Cedar Community Foundation. Be sure to label 'Amazing Ride' in the lower left memo section.

This year's tour leaves June 27 for Nova Scotia.

The West Bend Noon Rotary will be hosting a public speaking engagement about the tour April 28 starting at 4 p.m. at West Bend tap & tavern.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What a following....

I was with my dad at the Holy Angels rummage sale over the weekend. We looked through tools and old record albums. Came across this little cycle and decided to get it for my 2-year-old nephew. I was standing in line, carrying the trike and searching for a couple dollars when someone behind me said, "Hey..."  I turned around and the guy said, "I don't think you're going to make it back from Nova Scotia on THAT."