The trip was the realization of a childhood dream that pursued him into adulthood, and he risked everything to see it accomplished. At the end, he pretty much concluded that only a fool would make such a trip. It produced nothing for him in the way of some expected self-realization. It left him with many regrets, like the loss of a couple close friends due to the constant excesses of stress and cost and exhaustion. However, it was a feat few could ever achieve, let alone dream of, and he had pulled it off. Guinness World records aside, it was a major accomplishment by any standard.
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