Author: Kevin Forth

The Colosseum

I still cannot comprehend how the Romans (or their slaves) built the Colosseum nearly 2,000 years ago.  It’s massive even by today’s standards, estimated to seat 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.  It’s difficult to capture the size and wonder of this magnificent structure in a photograph.

Arrived in Rome

We arrived in Rome around 9am local time (3 am Detroit time). The Ambasciatori Palace hotel is nice, and in the old section of Rome. Over the next few days we’ll tour the Vatican and will see the Colosseum, among other sites. It’s slow to update…

Waiting For Our Flight

Al Krasnicki dropped us off at the airport with plenty of time to sit around and eat Greek yogurt. Good thing we have our phones to keep us entertained. After take-off, we should get our dinner after an hour. The flight to Rome should take around…

Nicki in Costa Rica

Nicki and some of her med school pals spent February in tropical Costa Rica.  She had to speak Spanish during this time, taking Spanish classes every day and doing medical outreach one per week.  Pura vida!

Update: Dnepr Reverse Lever Modification

With morning temperatures in the single digits I wasn’t up to doing any major work on the Dnepr project today.  Instead, I focused on a small mini-project that I could work on mostly indoors.  For reasons I cannot explain, I never liked the dark mustard-colored plastic…

Deb and Nicki in New York

With Nicki having a medical residency interview in New York, Deb decided to join her and catch some of the sights.  This was Deb’s first trip to New York city, so Nicki took her to see some sights.  On Friday they visited the set of Good…

Update: Dnepr Exhaust and Cables Installed

I spent a few hours this weekend with the Dnepr project, mounting both exhaust pipes and mufflers.  Previously, the left exhaust was just resting in place to test-fit the components.  The new dual exhausts look much better than the original 2-into-1 muffler, and the vintage-style fish…

Update: My Dnepr is a Rolling Chassis

After another short delay I was back to working on the Dnepr MT-11 this weekend.  I installed the sidecar shock and spring, which required compressing with a ratcheting tie-down strap made into a loop.  The sidecar frame took only a few minutes to mount.  After rolling…