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54).  Kangaroo Crossing    Ayers Rock, Australia (March 2002)

Also known as Uluru, Ayers Rock is one of the most famous sites in Australia -- and rightfully so.  It's much larger than I imagined, and also much more crenulated, with lots of undulations.  I decided not to hike to the top of it out of respect for Aborigine wishes.  Instead, I hiked around it which, as it turned out, proved to be much more challenging.  It took me about two hours, in 100-degree heat, to circumnavigate "the rock."  And what better way to celebrate a successful hike than by having a kangaroo burger in nearby Yulara Village?