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10Arthur Blessitt

Arthur Blessitt began his walk across the world on December 25, 1969 in Hollywood, California. He has since walked far and long enough to earn him the Guinness Book World Record for walking around the world, having travelled 40,698 miles through 323 countries, island groups, and territories over the

past 45 years.

What’s perhaps most interesting about Blessitt’s walk, besides being the longest walk in verifiable, recorded history, is that he has carried a cross throughout it all and continues the journey to this day, generally  for about one month each year. His reasoning? “Jesus did it,” he says. “All Glory to God!” This religious aspect of his walk shows through photos and stories recorded around the world.

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