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Michael Ayers
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132 of the sites I have visited I saw during my bicycle tour of the southern continents (02005-02008).

http://www.terminalia.org/tour

A new Grand Tour began in April 2019, with plans to visit many more sites! 

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Visited Sites Michael Ayers

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Recent Reviews Michael Ayers


Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Michael Ayers USA - 06-Jan-20

Brazilian Atlantic Islands

Visit January 2020

My short visit to Fernado de Noronha was probably one that I should have skipped, but now that it is in the past I am happy to be able to include it to my visited Sites count. One reason that I should have changed my plans was that I have not been in perfect health for a couple of weeks, which, not surprisingly, cut down on my level of enjoyment. A more important reason, however, was that a visit to this island is significantly expensive, and, since I have been routinely exceeding my travel budget lately, I really didn’t need another costly addition to my route.

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Serra da Capivara

Michael Ayers USA - 30-Nov-19

Serra da Capivara

Visit in November 2019 

Sites that have been inscribed primarily to protect important areas containing ancient Rock Art are among my favorite types of sites to visit and it had been a fairly long time since I had been to a site from that category. Consequently, I was definitely looking forward to my visit to Serra da Capivara National Park. Though I only had one full day available for this visit, I found the park to be beautiful and fascinating, and felt that my time there was well spent.

As the previous review mentioned, the park is a long way from anywhere else that most travelers might be when visiting Brazil, so getting to the area will generally be time consuming. The transport infrastructure is in reasonably good condition coming from any direction, but, while the small cities and towns that one will pass through along the way are friendly, and contain most of the important services, they are usually not the most attractive examples to be found in Brazil. One of the nicer places is São Raimundo Nonato, the main service center for the park, located just to its south

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Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Michael Ayers USA - 29-Sep-19

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Visit in September 2019

As of this writing, there is still only one realistic way to visit this isolated rainforest site. Organized tours to natural sites are often not my preferred choice because my interests are usually focused on observing and photographing flora and fauna, especially birds. Tours offered to the general public frequently consist of a series of programed activities that take too much time away from those goals, and may also be quite crowded. Consequently, I tried to search for another route to the site that would let me see the forest in a more independent way. There were one or two sites on the Web that describe journeys to the southernmost of the three national parks that were combined and expanded when the site was inscribed

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Aasivissuit - Nipisat

Michael Ayers USA - 24-Jul-19

Aasivissuit - Nipisat

Visit in July 2019


I have only a small amount to add to the two previous reviews. 

If you should happen to have your own bicycle in Kangerlussuaq, it is possible to ride through the core zone of the Aasivissuit-Nipisat WHS along the way to the western edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. In total, the road runs for 35.5 km from the airport in Kangerlussuaq up to the edge of the ice, rising from sea level to 520 meters a.m.s.l. along the way. It is Greenland’s longest road, and, some may say, Greenland’s only road, which is, more or less, correct. The road is gravel, and at the start is in a reasonably good condition, but, in a typical manner, as you progress towards the east the condition deteriorates more and more, with several short, steep sections having a rather loose surface near the end

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Surtsey

Michael Ayers USA - 16-Jul-19

Surtsey

Visit in July 2019.

Surtsey is a place that I have been fascinated with for essentially my entire life. In fact, the island and I are almost exactly the same age. Technically, Surtsey was “born” about eight weeks before I was, but I also existed at the time Surtsey rose from the sea, I just hadn't “erupted” quite yet. I also remember watching movies about the creation of the island, and also of the eruption ten years later on the nearby island of Heimaey, in the Vestmannaeyjar, when I was in the fifth grade in primary school. Consequently, I was very motivated to make an actual visit to this difficult-to-reach WHS.

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Profile Data

Name
Michael Ayers
Country
USA
Most Impressive
Can't decide.
Proposal
Geological Remnants of Ice Age Floods, USA; Spiny Forest Protected Areas, Madagascar; Antarctica (all of it)
Website
website

Recently Visited WHS

Update 11.07.20
Rating Stats
Cuzco 3.5
Potosi 3.5
Quito 3.5
Sigiriya 3.5
Zacatecas 3.5
Goias 2.5
Lumbini 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Vat Phou 2.5
Lima 2

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Andaman Islands
  2. Bagan
  3. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  4. Cape York and the islands of the Torres Strait
  5. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  6. Dzongs of Bhutan
  7. Forests of Southern New Caledonia
  8. Golden Gate Bridge
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  11. Mammoth Bone Burials
  12. Mt Kailash
  13. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Railways of the Andes
  17. Shwedagon Pagoda
  18. The Sacred Complex of Babylon
  19. The Sublime Karsts of Papua New Guinea
  20. Torres del Paine National Park