October Fun

Ryan and his dogs spent a long weekend with us is the north, joining Eric and Elise at Sherry’s house for outdoor fun.  Eric helped Ryan reassemble his 17 year old minibike, which joined a fleet of minibikes for rides around the trails. Ryan’s dogs also…

Update: Dnepr is Back on the Road

After 20 months of weekend work, the Dnepr MT-11 was back on the road today, looking more like its late 1930s German ancestor.  I took a 12 km test ride around the Alden, MI area to see how the bike operated.  I still have some buffing…

Amish-built Barn Arrives

Today we received our Amish-built barn, made by Cedar Creek Storage Barns in Manton, MI.  The barn is 14 feet wide by 24 feet deep, and will hold the pontoon boat during the winter.  There will also be room for storing other items, like kayaks, paddle…

Update: Dnepr Wiring and Cabling Progress

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted an update on the Dnepr project, so I thought I’d share a few pictures.  I worked about 10 hours on the project this weekend, focusing on finishing the front brake cable installation and adjustments and the clutch cable.…

Update: Dnepr Electrical Pieces

When I started the Dnepr MT-11 rebuild project, I decided early on that I would conceal the electrical components that were originally exposed to the elements.  Not only did their original placement allow corrosion and dirt to accumulate, but the electrical parts and related wiring were ugly…

Doctor Nicki

After years of hard work and countless moves to new living spaces, Nicki graduated from Lincoln Memorial University on May 13, 2017, with her doctorate degree.  We can now officially call her Doctor, but to me she’ll always be Nicki. We had an informal celebration at…

Milan

As we head to the border for a nice afternoon in Switzerland, I thought I’d post a few pictures of Milan.  The Milan Cathedral took 6 centuries to complete and is quite massive.  It’s the largest church in Italy and fifth largest in the world.  We…

Sirmione

On our way to Milan we stopped at a beautiful town called Sirmione to walk through a 13th century castle, walk the shores of Lake Garda, and of course, shop.  Lake Garda is a beautiful turquoise color and is also over 1100 feet deep.  The castle,…

Venice

Yesterday we arrived in Venice and saw the first rain and cool weather of the trip.  The chilly weather didn’t last long, though, as we woke to sunshine on Wednesday.  Our hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza San Marco, which is a large…

Pisa and Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Today we took a short drive from Florence to visit Pisa.  The Leaning Tower is certainly the main attraction, but the architecture of the nearby cathedral is wonderful.  Construction of the tower started in 1173 and lasted more than 199 years.  Pisa is also filled with…