Yes, typing a response that took 2 minutes once(during a national holiday) in the last month or so since I have posted is equivalent to playing a game that requires a daily commitment of at the very minimum a few hours.
It's been done and documented numerous times. It takes even a great starter a good location and time dedication, and or favorable settings. Being on the rim gives you the good location 8/10 and if he's an actively co-played account I would say it's very possible. Don't apply your inadequacies to everyone else. It's been done many times by numerous people. I cant dunk, that doesnt mean others cant.
I was attempting to reconcile why you were having difficulty with what was a good start. Perhaps you were simply expecting a much easier time than is possible. Regardless I cant say for certain Im too lazy but it sounds like you could tweak your start a little bit. Simply what res you get per haul isnt the necessary information. So since you seem intelligent enough, and adept at playing the simple mechanics, I'll just put it this way, increase haul %, decrease duration, again purely based on guessing I'm too lazy to look I cant imagine you have enough villages within that radius to support all that lc constantly moving, so you must be doubling or perhaps tripping up, so 80-105 per haul is not the most effective way to be doing it since you wrote this inside of bp thus no large hauls sitting around, or at least not enough to significantly alter the base line.