Formula 1 2018 Calendar with Race and Qualification Timings

The Formula 1 2018 season is just around the corner! Here’s a google calendar with all the race and qualification timings correctly entered with their respective time zones. You can just bookmark this page or add this public calendar to your google calendar.

Link to the calendar: F1 2018 Race And Quali Calendar

You’ll notice that this year the race start time is pushed back by 10 mins. This is to accommodate advertisers on the local broadcast.

A Motorcycle Tour Of Ancient Egypt

For those with an interest in human history, there may not be a more stunning country to travel through than Egypt. It’s a deceptively large country for one thing, which means you can truly treat it as a journey rather than a casual one- or two-day ride. Best of all however is that there’s a relatively straightforward layout of incredibly ancient sights to see on your way up or down the country.

Naturally specific routes will differ, but we’ll lay out one possible itinerary below. We’re recommending you start in Alexandria, where there is an international airport and where you can, if necessary, rent a motorcycle for cross-country purposes. We’ll begin with the first attraction you might want to cross off your sightseeing list.

Pompey’s Pillar
Pompeys Pillar

This is a stunning structure that doesn’t get quite as much attention as some other Egyptian monuments – perhaps because by comparison it’s quite young. The pillar, about 20 meters tall and weighing as much as 285 tons, was erected in the 3rd century A.D. to commemorate a victor of the Roman emperor Diocletian. It was named erroneously for Pompey because Middle Age crusaders mistakenly believed that the old general’s ashes were in a pot at the top of the column. Taking an in-person look at this freestanding column is a great starting point before you head on to the main attractions of the journey, in Cairo.

(220km on Route 75M, southeast toward Cairo)

Great Sphinx & Pyramids Of Giza
Sphinx Pyramids

The ancient sites of Giza just across the Nile from Cairo, are naturally the stuff of legend. The Sphinx is a mythical creature that has appeared in legends and fantasies even quite apart from Egyptian culture. For instance, the famous Harry Potter novels involved a living Sphinx at one point – a mysterious beast who told riddles to characters looking to make their way through a magical maze. Because of interpretations like these it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the Great Sphinx is a real structure. It’s a stunning limestone monolith dating back to about 2,000 B.C., and thus one of the most fascinating man-made structures on the planet. It also gives the appearance of guarding the great pyramids beyond – perhaps the most famous buildings on Earth.

With the pyramids too, we can lose sight of the reality of their construction and existence, simply because there are so many fictions that revolve around them. In 2017 alone we’ve seen multiple video games celebrating the pyramids. First there was the circulation of “Pyramid: Quest For Immortality,” a slot reel in which symbols are made up of ancient Egyptian wonders; then there was “Assassin’s Creed: Origins,” a wild adventure game set in a vividly rendered take on the ancient civilization. It speaks to the buildings’ mystique that people are still designing these kinds of fictional interpretations. But nothing compares to seeing the pyramids in person. They’re larger, more beautiful, and more astonishing than most visitors realize they’re going to be.

Once you’ve seen the ancient wonders of Giza, it’s time to pay a visit to Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings.

(620km on Asyuit Desert – Cairo Road/Route 75M toward Qus)

Hatshepsut’s Temple & The Valley of the Kings
Hatshepsut Temple

Qus is a city you might want to stay in to break up your journey, and makes for a nice starting point from which to visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, just south along Route 75M. Located on the Nile’s West Bank near the famous Valley of the Kings, this is one of the more impressive funerary shrines in Egypt, though it has been reconstructed over the years. Built into the base of the towering Deir el Bahari cliffs, the ancient shrine is considered to be among the more sophisticated examples of Egyptian architecture – not unlike some classical Greek and Roman building.

Close by you can visit the Valley of the Kings. In fact, it takes only a matter of minutes to get from one to the other – a sort of loop northwest along Kings Valley Road. Once in the Valley of the Kings, you’ll find that there’s as much to learn as there is to actually see. There are not towering monuments here, but rather a surprisingly humble set of rolling burial mounds and hidden tombs. This is where you’ll find yourself in the presence of perhaps the most famous archaeological find in Egypt – the tomb of King Tut.

Following this sightseeing tour, which should take a full day between Hatshepsut’s temple and the Valley of the Kings, you might consider staying the night in nearby Luxor, a city as closely tied to the ancient civilization as Cairo or Giza. It’s just across the Nile to the east and slightly south of the Valley.

(30km on Aswan-Giza/Aswan Western Agricultural Road toward Luxor)

Luxor
Medinet Habu

In Luxor and in its immediate vicinity, there are several stunning structures to take in if you’d like to stay put for a day, or even a morning. Luxor Temple, a place of worship beginning in 1500 B.C. is still standing; Medinet Habu is a temple in honor of the great Ramesses III; and the Colossi of Memnon, two giant sandstone statues at the edge of town, are certainly among the entire country’s most impressive monuments. Indeed Luxor can be difficult to tear yourself away from. But to complete the journey, there’s one more drive south to the village of Abu Simbel and the Abu Simbel temples.

(488km on Luxor-Aswan & Aswan – Abu Simbel Road/Route 75M toward Abu Simbel)

Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel Temples

Near the border with the Sudan and on the bank of Lake Nasser you will find these two temples – far south of the rest of Egypt’s most noteworthy monuments, but well worth the journey. These temples were built not as a posthumous tribute to a ruler, or a celebration of the gods, but rather directly by pharaoh Ramesses II (who lived in the 1200s B.C.). The temples were actually dismantled and relocated in 1968 when there was a new damn built in the area, so they’re not quite as they were thousands of years ago – but the structures themselves, including temples and giant, incredible statues, are the same. It’s an awe-inspiring place to wrap up your motorcycle journey through ancient Egypt.

10 Reasons to Visit Spiti Valley in Gorgeous Timelapse

Just came across the gorgeous creative works of Saravana Kumar, who is traveling around India shooting timelapse. He quit his corporate life for one spent outdoors through all that nature throws at him as he captures the beauty of places in timelapse. This video about Spiti sure makes me want to jump on the bike and ride there right now!

Check out his other work at: IndiainMotion.com

Support him on Patreon.

And here’s an interview with the man behind the lens.

10 Things I Learned Riding from the USA to India

In March 2010, I traded away my corporate job, house and life in urban America for a solo life on the road. For the next three years and three months, sanDRina, my Suzuki DR650, took me 100,000 km through 33 countries of Latin America, Europe and Africa with the journey ending in India. Here are 10 lessons I learned from this most amazing experience of my life.

Fish market in Nairobi, Kenya
Fish market in Nairobi, Kenya

 

#1 Street food is better than restaurant food
During my whole trip, I only got sick from food-poisoning twice and that was from eating at established places. I kept myself on a tight budget as the trip was primarily self-funded, and that meant a lot of street food. I never got sick from it and actually prefer it to restaurant food for the main reason that out on the street, you can see the food being prepared hot compared to the back kitchen of a restaurant, and besides, the germs on the street add to the flavor.

#2 Be spontaneous, forget your plan
I had a rough plan for my journey mainly driven by the local seasons (dry season for the Amazon, summer for Patagonia, etc.) but I stayed open to random changes that came my way. In southern Mexico, the CouchSurfing host I was staying at introduced me to a German girl with dreadlocks who was heading off into the jungle to go see a remote Mayan tribe. She invited me to join her. I changed my plans right there and had a great experience staying with this Mayan tribe and exploring the jungle with her.

#3 Staying with locals is always better than a hotel
On that note, if someone invites you to stay with them, which will most likely happen when they see that you’ve come from a long way away, accept it. In northern Sudan, by chance I pitched my tent on the Nile next to a local fisherman’s camp and they invited me to stay with them. They had no electricity in the Saharan summer, but I survived and started to thrive like them, wearing a jellabiya (the white-flowing dress of desert people), drinking copious amounts of sweet, mint tea and staying cool with frequent dips in the Nile. The nearby hotel would have been a drab affair.

Meditating at the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Meditating at the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

 

#4 Travel slowly
Initially, I gave myself two years to get from the U.S. to India, but in the end that became three-plus. Traveling slowly allowed me to do things such as take a four-week journey aboard a cargo ship across the Atlantic, spend two weeks on the shores of Lake Tana in Ethiopia and really get to know the locals, spend one year in Kenya to get deep into a new culture, and other experiences that the freedom of time makes possible. Not everyone has the luxury of time, but with whatever time you have, spend it in less places so that you can have a deeper experience of that place, rather than a shallower experience of a lot of places.

#5 Never refuse an offer of a meal
In Egypt, I stopped for a drink of water out on the Oasis Route through the Western Desert of the Sahara and this local man with a long beard and a loose turban on a Chinese motorcycle pulled up and signaled with that universal sign for food—fingers bunched together pointing at the mouth. I nodded and followed him a few kilometers off the road to his house. I was told to sit in the front room, and pretty soon a large plate with various dishes of food was brought out by his wife who quickly departed. We ate in silence as I didn’t know much Arabic but I felt we bonded. He allowed me to take a nap during the afternoon heat before I got back on the bike and rode on. Accepting that offer of a meal gave me an insight into the local culture.

#6 Own less stuff
This lesson cannot be told enough. I knew it before leaving that I was taking too much stuff and suffered whenever I had to pick up my fully-loaded adventure motorcycle. But my logic was to plan for as many contingencies as I could, such as a flat tire, which is essential, to the non-essential such as carrying a solar panel on my top box! Always take less stuff than you think you need. You can always buy it on the road somewhere.

Riding across the Andes in Bolivia
Riding across the Andes in Bolivia

 

#7 When the bike breaks, you will meet an angel
Instead of panicking when the bike had a breakdown, I learned to just relax and wait for my angel to show up. Whenever I had a serious bike problem, I ended up meeting local people that showered kindness on me and helped me get on my way. There was Helmut in southern Peru who appeared out of nowhere and took me in when sanDRina’s rear wheel bearings gave up, and there was this retired army officer in northern Brazil who took me in as I dealt with a broken throttle cable. I still remember those times vividly and am ever grateful for them.

#8 Get involved with a project besides the travel 
Long-term travel is a wonderful experience, but after a few months on the road the travel itself could get boring. To keep your mind active, get involved with something besides the actual travel that stirs your intellectual or creative side. Keeping a blog and getting involved in photography is one way. Another way would be to volunteer along the way, or as I did, study for a distance masters in sustainable development. There are a number of distance programs that can be studied just from a laptop and the occasional internet connection. Use your journey to set yourself up for life after the journey.

#9 Keep a journal 
The one thing constant about travel is change. Changing places, faces and experiences. It can almost be too much stimulation for the brain and after the journey it can be hard to remember all the amazing experiences. Keep a journal and note down something in it every day. If you don’t have the patience to write out your thoughts, at least write down what you ate and where you slept. That alone could trigger a flood of memories many years down the line.

Riding the Cloud Forest Route of Northern Peru
Riding the Cloud Forest Route of Northern Peru

 

#10 The hardest part is the beginning 
Sitting in the U.S., I didn’t know whether I could actually get to India. Would I get all the required visas? Was my budget enough to get me there? What if I got mugged in Mexico? What if I caught some deadly disease in Mozambique? I realized that all these were unfounded fears and the biggest fear was actually starting. It’s easy to get cold feet if you think of every eventuality that could go wrong, but most likely it won’t and you’ll be fine. Just start and let the adventure play out.

India to Thailand, Through Myanmar, on the Royal Enfield Bullet

An Indian Army officer took a quick look at our stamped papers and motioned for the gate to be lifted. Noel, my Aussie riding buddy, and I had left New Delhi a few days earlier on Asian Highway 1, battling northern India’s freezing winter conditions on a pair of kick-start Royal Enfield Bullet Machismo 500s.

Many travellers have made the journey to the border at Moreh, only to be turned away. If the Indian border officials didn’t think you’d be allowed into Myanmar, they wouldn’t allow you to exit. But things are different now. After months of anxious planning and wondering whether to attempt this trip, we were almost there.

(Photo: Google Maps)

Until a few years ago, crossing Myanmar overland with your own vehicle was prohibited. It took some enterprising individuals to sort out the paperwork and convince their governments to open the border and allow travellers to enter.

Riding through the jungles of western Myanmar where the tar road hasn’t reached yet. (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
Riding through the jungles of western Myanmar where the tar road hasn’t reached yet. 

Myanmar is now, technically, a democracy. But it remains military-dominated and paranoid about state security. What do secretive states fear most? Independent travellers roaming the country, interacting with locals and reporting to the outside world. As a compromise, overlanders are now allowed to cross the country to Thailand with one major caveat – they have to be escorted by a government officer and a tour guide, along with a fixed itinerary following a pre-planned route. This isn’t my preferred style, but the opportunity to be one of the first to blaze the trail across this ‘virgin’ country was too tempting.

Crossing the single-lane, iron Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge at Moreh was a big moment – a continuation of my round-the-world journey without needing to take a flight.

The enigmatic plains of Bagan with pagodas from a thousand years still standing. (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
The enigmatic plains of Bagan with pagodas from a thousand years still standing. 

The western part of Myanmar is quite remote compared to the south and the east. With no tar roads until a few years ago, there were many tales of notorious mud jungle roads that mired vehicles. But the Indian government, in its bid to open trade with Myanmar and counter China’s influence, surfaced a 160 km-long road from the border to Kalay.

However, any chances of making quick time were ruined by more than a hundred narrow wooden and iron bridges. Some were well-maintained, but others resembled those I’d traversed deep in the Amazon with missing planks and exposed nails.

 Crossing over a hundred wooden bridges in remote western Myanmar. How good is your balance? (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
Crossing over a hundred wooden bridges in remote western Myanmar. How good is your balance? 

 

We made it to Kalay in a day, then set off for Mandalay. The tar surface disappeared within a few kilometres, revealing baseball-sized rocks jutting from the hard-packed mud.

Our Bullets bounced about and just like in the Amazon, when trucks inevitably came from the opposite direction, the road’s fine clay dust enveloped us, drowning our senses for several seconds and leaving a powdery residue everywhere. But in this primitive landscape, riding through virgin jungles, we were in adventure riding paradise.

Down the Irrawaddy River lay Bagan, Myanmar’s tourist Mecca and a place to marvel at the imperial legacy from the Eleventh Century. Thousands of pagodas dot this plain, many covered in gold leaf. Its grandeur is intense, emotional and deeply personal. As we caught the sunset that evening from atop one of the largest pagodas, spontaneous applause broke from the crowd when the last ray disappeared beyond the horizon.

 (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
The temples of Bagan.

The next day we headed east and the road twisted tightly up and over the Shan Hills. Bullets are low on horsepower, but their balanced chassis makes for nimble cornering. Going uphill, sliding our butts off the seats, and leaning into corners is a movement every biker learns to love, even if the Bullet wasn’t designed to be ridden like a sportbike.

Back over the Shan Hills and we entered Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital built 10 years ago. Like most planned capitals, this one feels sterile, filled with wide, multi-lane concrete roads almost entirely devoid of traffic. We were left stunned by a 20-lane road in front of the parliament building. Ten lanes each side, with no cars. A sad demonstration of showmanship – no doubt a venue for military parades intended to signal the government’s disdain for Western sanctions – instead it remains a monolith of Myanmar’s squandered fortunes.

(Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
Fisherman on Inle Lake.

Bikes are banned from Nay Pyi Taw’s modern four-lane concrete highway to Yangon and they’re not even allowed into the city, so we had to park them at the city’s northern edge from where we caught a van and made it just in time to visit the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Over 325 feet tall, covered in gold leaf, with endless candles lit by chanting devotees around its base, the pagoda possesses an immense spirituality. We said a customary prayer, walked around the base and then headed to 19th Street in Old Town for a night of barbeque meats and cold beer.

(Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
A typical lunch in Myanmar!

After fetching our bikes the following morning, it was a leisurely ride east to Kyaiktiyo. Here we took the hour-long steep uphill climb in the back of a truck to Golden Rock – a massive boulder impossibly balanced on the edge of a cliff, covered in gold. When the sun came out from behind the clouds and lit up the rock in all its golden radiance, it was almost enough to make me a believer.

On the last day, we crossed the Dawna Range to reach the Thai border. And, just like in the far west where the road is yet to be paved, Noel and I had one last hairy ride. From Hpa’an, the road east is laden with trucks and tourist buses. This deteriorated road gave us a bone-rattling ride, which worsened in the mountains, becoming a gnarly off-road track filled with giant potholes. We charged up along the sides of minibuses, tankers and trucks – not lingering on the cliff edges longer than necessary.

Long boats on Inle lake where the locals have created a thriving economy whilst living on the lake. (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
Long boats on Inle lake where the locals have created a thriving economy whilst living on the lake. 

 

 

This thrilling ride made for a fitting end to the journey through this adventure rider’s paradise. We reached the Thai border at Mae Sot and after bidding farewell to our escorts whom we’d befriended over the past ten days, we exited Myanmar.

Noel and I high-fived as we realized we were among the first riders to cross this wonderful country from India to Thailand – and on Royal Enfields!

What a stunning country to experience on a bike. If you would like to do this, get in touch as I’m organising another ride across in a few months.

 Successfully entering Thailand at Mae Sot after crossing the length of Myanmar. (Photo: Jay Kannaiyan)
Successfully entering Thailand at Mae Sot after crossing the length of Myanmar!
 (This post originally appeared on The Quint.)