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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.