Alzheimers Insider

A tribute to my father Al Steffes

July 19, 2019 – West Bend, WI – In June 2016 I wrote a story about my father who had Alzheimer’s and painted a picture about how it affected our family. The story below talks about our time going to rummage sales and how I borrowed 57 cents for

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s: Rickshaw bike for Samaritan Campus, or no?

July 16, 2018 – Washington County, WI – On June 28, 2018, Judy Steffes, longtime West Bend resident and editor of the Washington County Insider set out on her annual bicycle trek to raise funds for a cause that is near and dear to her heart – Alzheimer’s. Steffes’s

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – A day in pictures

  July 13, 2018 – I was adopted in Harbor Springs, MI, by the wonderful Nancy Cook. She just came into the public library to renew a book and ended up taking us both home. Nancy was widowed several years ago after her husband Bob passed away following a

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Falling in love with Mackinac Island

July 11, 2018 – St. Ignace, MI – Pedaled the entire day and ended up in St. Ignace. A tourist town with hotels and shops along the shore. Not my most favorite thing… and then the owner of Harbor Hope Coffee reached out and did a neighborly thing. Site

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Exploring Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  July 9, 2018 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Chippewa County Historical Society has well documented Sault Ste. Marie. Photos and and a timetable are laid it out in storyboard fashion along Historic Water Street overlooking the gateway to Lake Superior. Commerce surrounding the shipping canal is

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Destination achieved!

  July 7, 2018 – Whitefish Point, WI – It took a week and A day but managed to reach my destination of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Whitefish Point, MI and it was well worth the ride. The bell, also called ‘The Voice of the Edmund Fitzgerald,’

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Entering moose country in the U.P.

July 6, 2018 – Newberry, MI – Mother Nature is sure showing me whose boss …. and I’ll let you in on a secret, it ain’t me. Pedaled 62 miles from Manistique to Newberry; ‘The Moose Capital of Michigan.’   Bob’s Stop & Shop There was a precious little

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s | Celebrating July 4

July 5, 2018 – Manistique, MI – I decorated my bike for the July 4 holiday and my new best friend Ritch threw in a splash of the Spirit of ‘76! Ritch Branstrom, owner of adhocWORKshop, handcrafts giant works of art. A couple of birds that looked like they

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s | Soldiering on without my sidekick

  July 4, 2018 – Escanaba, MI –  Laid low on Tuesday and explored Escanaba; the name is of Ojibwa origin and it roughly translates to “land of the red buck,” others say it means “flat rock.” For those of you who may have missed it, I’m a solo

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Mother Nature hops on tour

    July 2, 2018 – Peshtigo, WI – I learned a long time ago you’re not going to win against Mother Nature. She’s been with us since our sweltery Day 1 so we figured she might as well just grab a bike helmet and join in the adventure.

VIDEO | Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Visiting Ardy & Ed’s Drive In and the Galloway House

  June 30, 2018 – Oshkosh, WI – One of the benefits of traveling by bicycle is you’re going slow enough to stop and take in the sights and second you’re burning tons of calories so you can feel free to indulge in whatever comes your way. Friday’s leg

Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s 2018 is underway

  June 29, 2018 – West Bend, WI – The 2018 Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is officially underway. This year’s tour takes us to Whitefish Point, Michigan and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. My 15-year-old niece Audrey is my sidekick. This is the first time in a long time

VIDEO | Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Adding quality of life for seniors at the Samaritan Campus

://   June 20, 2018 – Washington Co., WI – This year’s Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s bicycle tour leaves at the end of June and if you watch this video you’ll learn a bit about the people at The Samaritan Campus. This year my 15-year-old niece Audrey and I

Photo gallery from the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Sept. 24, 2017 – West Bend, WI – A very large turnout this year in West Bend for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Regner Park. A light breeze blew through the crowd and sent colorful tribute flowers twirling. “We are absolutely delighted Washington County supports

Around the Bend: Updates & Tidbits By Judy Steffes

Around the Bend                             July 15, 2017                                      By Judy Steffes   Historic downtown West Bend Theater sold to nonprofit The downtown West Bend Theater has been sold.

Steffes shares secret annex to Anne Frank house

July 13, 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – As The Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s begins to wind down, Judy spends time touring the Anne Frank house.

Eel, the other white meat: Will she or won’t she?

July 7, 2017 – Netherlands – Judy Steffes is currently in Volendam, a fishing town in northeast Holland that has streets set up “labyrinth” style. 

Cheese, Harley and Witches

July 6, 2017 – Netherlands – As Judy Steffes winds her way through the Netherlands on her bike, her list of tourist attractions is garnering quite a broad spectrum of interests. 

I get by with a little help from….an interpreter

July 3, 2017 – Delft, Netherlands, – The Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s continues in the Netherlands as Judy Steffes meets up with Polish kayakers. Judy decides to take the watery plunge with the help of an interpreter. Read more here at

On to Delft and original hand-painted pottery

July 2, 2017 – Delft, Netherlands – Judy Steffes biked from Monster to Delft where she witnessed the painting of original Delft pottery and more unusual pieces as well as attending a Mass in a Dutch church. Read more about today’s ride at

VIDEO | De Plucktuin means ‘pick your own flowers.’

July 2, 2017 – Monster, Netherlands – Judy Steffes has arrived in Monster at a “pick your own” nursery. One of the owners, Marja, explains the history of the “Passion flower” in the video below. See more photos and read more travel adventure at

VIDEO: Cello Busker in Den Hague

June 30, 2017 – Den Hague, Netherlands – Cycling the Netherlands to fund raise for Alzheimer’s programs at Cedar Campus in West Bend, Judy Steffes stopped at the Prison museum, or Gevangenpoort. There was a woman outside the entrance of the prison playing a cello.  Read more HERE.  

Golden earring = burial insurance

June 30, 2017 – Katwijk, Netherlands – On the road, cycling across the Netherlands on The Amazing Ride for Alzheimers, Judy Steffes shares, “Tried to get to several communities today just to get some miles under my belt. While the maps are great and very detailed, my cartography skills

What do Royal horses and Adele have in common?

June 29, 2017 – De Hague, Netherlands – Judy Steffes is currently in the Netherlands on her Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s bicycle tour. She passed by practice for De Parade, a traveling theater festival, while cycling through De Hague. She says she didn’t expect to hear a No. 1

PHOTO GALLERY: Knocking Holland windmill off bucket list

June 28, 2017 – Leiden, Holland – The De Valk, or The Falcon, is a tower mill that dates to 1743.  It is seven floors in all and used to be home to the miller’s family and even a cow or two. If you’ve ever wanted to tour a real
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