From Florida to Juneau via taxi

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida woman is taking a taxi to Juneau.

Patricia Agness, 55, doesn't like to fly, doesn't like buses and doesn't have a driver's license.

So when it came time to fulfill her dream of seeing the country, Agness dialed up her neighborhood taxi company and embarked on a 10,000-mile cross-continent taxi cab ride.

"The land is fascinating," Agness said Friday as her white-and-orange Gator City Taxi cab cruised through San Antonio, Texas. "I needed to get away and this is the best way to see the open road."

As of this morning, she was somewhere in Arizona, a Gator dispatcher said. The ride will take Agness and two drivers, Joe Gattuso and Safdar Hussein, on a round-trip journey spanning more than 10,000 miles, including a ferry ride to 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.

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