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Crosscountry paraglider

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Soaring high above the scenic Pacific coastline, you're watching Jeff Hamann of Santee on the downwind side of a five-year odyssey.

"Flying from the border of the U.S. to the border of Guatamala, the full coast of Mexico. It's 2,400 miles," Jeff said.

And he did it all on a gas-powered paraglider. Think backpack with a gas tank and a go-kart engine strapped on the back of it.

"My top speed is about 26 mph," Jeff said.

It took 12 trips to Baja with paragliding partners from above and below the border to complete his mission.

"Each trip is a couple of weeks long," Jeff said. "We cover 300 miles each trip."

And even though it offers a bird's-eye view of paradise, paragliding is not without peril.

"I sprained my foot real bad one trip. I broke my shoulder one trip," Jeff said.

Then there's the winds.

"As you can imagine, if you're only going 25 miles per hour and the wind's blowing 25 miles per hour, you're either going 50 miles per hour with it or nothing against it," Jeff said.

Getting up and lifting off is second nature to Jeff Hamann.

"You put the wing out behind you and throttle up and you run like crazy," he said.

Earlier this month, Jeff completed his exhilarating Mexican coastline flight.

"The sense of exploration and seeing things that you haven't seen before, a lot of people haven't seen before, it's really fun, very rewarding," he said.

All you need is to let your dreams take flight.

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