He crossed the Atlantic because it was there, and the Pacific because it was also there.
He made both crossings in a rowboat because it, too, was there, and because the lure of sea, spray and sinew, and the history-making chance to traverse two oceans without steam or sail, proved irresistible.
Fairfax lived to 74, dying in 2012 -- four years shy of the average American man's life expectancy in that year. Would you really need another 40 years to live a life worth celebrating?
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