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Japanese man completes five-continent walking journey in Ecuador

Masahito Yoshida poses in Huascaran National Park in Peru in this Sept. 7, 2016 photo. (Photo courtesy of Masahito Yoshida)

A Japanese man arrived in Ecuador's capital of Quito at noon on Oct. 20 local time after traveling across the South American continent on foot while pulling a two-wheeled cart, completing a five-continent walking journey he started in 2009.

    Masahito Yoshida, a 35-year-old resident of Tottori, walked a total of 63,300 kilometers across the Eurasian, North American, South American, African and Australian continents -- leaving Antarctica the only continent he has yet to set foot on.

    Between January 2009 and June 2013, Yoshida walked across Eurasia, North America and Australia, making a round-the-world trip. After returning to Japan and then traveling across Africa, he embarked on a trans-South American journey in October last year.

    Starting in Ushuaia in Argentina, the world's southernmost city, he traversed Latin America through five countries on the Pacific side, including Chile and Peru -- covering a total of 11,300 kilometers.

    In Chile, he walked for three full weeks pulling his cart with a load of nearly 100 kilograms, including water and food enough to pass through the vast Atacama Desert. Up to 30 drivers kindly offered him food or drinks as they passed him, which "deeply touched my heart," he recalls.

    Along the Andes en route from Chile to Bolivia, Yoshida climbed many passes over 4,000 meters above sea level. "I thought giving up would be the simplest solution. I had no choice but to keep walking slowly step by step," he said.

    Upon arriving at the Equator Monument in Quito, Yoshida commented, "I may even keep walking to Alaska, or I could give up in three days. Anyhow, I'd like to go as far as I can."

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