I applaud your goal Max, and wish you well on your journey. I am on a similar quest, only I must take the circuitous route (no Sparky pun intended) over water. My weapon of choice is a rowing machine and MY quest is to row from the home of the wonderful people in Goose Bay, Gander, Newfoundland to Seattle and back once or twice before I die.
But that Mandlebrot guy is harshing my mellow, and I don't think I will challenge you to a race, even if the virtual scull is a much faster and more efficient mode of transportation than a virtual stroll.
Bon Voyage, my friend.