The Long Journey Podcast

The Long Journey Podcast

This is Jason Jamar and the Long Journey Podcast, detailing my travels across America as I share thrilling stories from my 16-month backpacking trek from California to Maine and my eight-month kayak voyage from Maine to Texas.


October 21, 2022 26 mins

This is Jason Jamar and the Long Journey Podcast, detailing my travels across America as I share thrilling stories from my 16-month backpacking adventure from California to Maine and my eight-month kayak voyage from Maine to Texas.

In this episode the journey begins on the beach in San Diego, CA.

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On September 20, 1999, I embarked on a two-and-a-half-year journey. A trek on foot over 4,000 miles from San Diego, CA, to St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada – just across the international bridge from Calais, ME.

This episode goes into detail to the motivation, plans, and preparation for the trek.

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November 4, 2022 25 mins

I reached the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California in the fall of 1999, a late addition to the trek that proved highly challenging and almost derailed the whole backpacking trip from San Diego, CA, to Calais, ME.


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November 11, 2022 28 mins

Shortcuts make for Barbaric Yelps! 
In this episode of my backpacking trek from San Diego, CA, to Calais, ME. I traverse through the San Jacinto mountains into the California desert. On my way down to Palm Desert, I take a shortcut that proves to be anything but. 
I also visit the Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Oasis and the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum while long-distance desert hiking and camping.



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November 19, 2022 24 mins

In this episode, I continue my trek through the Desert Southwest. Earthquakes, abandoned gold mines, jeep rides, and generous hospitality abound in this dry, harsh land.



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November 26, 2022 24 mins

In this episode, quite a few things go bump in the night. I hike from Dewey, AZ, to Pie Town, New Mexico, via the Mogollon Rim. Encounter Elk, other campers, and long-distance hikers, and avoid an old west riot! 

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December 4, 2022 28 mins

In this episode I hike from Datil to Carlsbad, New Mexico. I meet amazing people, see some amazing sites, and learn a lot of history. My travels take me through Roswell, including the Bottomless Lakes, the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Museum. Then finish up with Carlsbad Caverns and Sitting Bull Falls.

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December 11, 2022 20 mins

In this episode, I cross the New Mexico/Texas border and scramble to take refuge from the elements. I have a great welcome in San Angelo, TX, and break my backpack 80 miles from home. 

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December 24, 2022 28 mins

In Episode 9, my Christmas special. I picked up from the previous episode of the walking adventure just past Brady, TX. I then make it to Marble Falls, TX - my hometown, for Christmas of 1999. And I get a puppy to raise as I make the continuing trip up to Maine. I know that I will need to give my new hiking buddy some time to grow, so pause the walk for eight weeks and take up a few jobs to replenish my travel budget and replace my...

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In this episode, my guest is Laine Melikian, who Peddled 2,000 miles from Virginia Beach, VA, to Georgetown, TX. Laine shares his adventures during many rain-slogged miles from the East Coast to Central Texas. He also raised funds for Wendy's Wish in honor of his mother, who passed from cancer.

Some old video clips he and his friends made from their travels are included here:

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In this episode, my guest Ethan West hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail and followed that up with a kayak trip down the Texas Llano and Colorado Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. 

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February 12, 2023 17 mins

In this episode, after a six-week break, I make my way from my hometown of Marble Falls to Austin, TX, stopping to camp at one of my favorite places in the world - Krause Springs. BJ, my husky/red healer mix puppy, begins his walk, and it is a little rough at first, but he does well. Our adventure is now underway.

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In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Donald S. Frazier, Director of the Texas Center at Schreiner University in Kerrville, TX. 

My journey to backpack across America began in San Deigo in Sept. of 1999. I took a brief layover in Marble Falls and Austin, TX, in 2000 while en route to Maine. I had set out from Austin on March 2, 2000, to coincide with Texas Independence Day. 

So in honor of Texas Independence, I wanted to have an expe...

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February 25, 2023 20 mins

In this episode: My backpacking trek from California to Maine continues as I leave Austin, TX and continue my cross-country hike east through College Station, Nacogdoches, and Marshall, TX on a Texas College tour. I also get to assist in building a lake.



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March 19, 2023 23 mins

In this episode of my 16-month walk across America, I cross into Louisiana from Texas and then make it to the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. Meeting wonderful people who show me the meaning of hospitality every step of the way.



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April 1, 2023 91 mins

In this episode, I reconnect with friends in Tupelo, Mississippi, whom I first met in May of 2000 while backpacking the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace was just a small segment of my walk from San Diego, CA, to Calais, ME.

We reminisce about our time together and attending the Passion OneDay 2000 conference in Memphis, TN.

Matt Robinson, who owns Change Skateboard Shop in Tupelo, Also shares about the Change Tupelo Festival, whi...

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