George Meegan went out for a stroll and walked right into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Meegan appeared in New York at the Guinness World of Records exhibit on Tuesday to receive a certificate honoring his walk through the Americas - a 19,017-mile jaunt that took seven years and four months and was completed in 1983.Meegan, a resident of Kent, England, is the author of "The Longest Walk: An Odyssey of the Human Spirit." He walked from the tip of South America to the end of Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, crossing 14 countries.

While receiving the certificate, he also gave his boots to the Guinness exhibit. He then delighted the crowd by showing off the tattoo on his leg, a map of his route.