Taxi! Follow that road!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Patricia Agness wanted to see the nation. So she hopped into a cab.

Agness dialed up her neighborhood taxi company, negotiated a fare and embarked on a 10,000-mile cross-continent cab ride.

That was last week, and the meter is still running.

''The land is fascinating,'' Agness said Jan. 18, speaking to the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville from a cell phone as her white-and-orange Gator City Taxi cab cruised through San Antonio.

Agness, 55, said she does not like to fly, does not like buses and does not have a driver's license.

''I needed to get away, and this is the best way to see the open road,'' she said.

The ride will take Agness and taxi drivers Joe Gattuso and Safdar Hussein on a round-trip journey that reaches as far as Juneau.

Gattuso and Agness negotiated a rate of $1 a mile, a discount over the cab company's usual $1.65 a mile rate.

The drivers planned to take eight-hour turns behind the wheel and allow for minimum stops and no overnight stays. They expected to make it to Juneau by middle of last week.

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