New Yorkers Convince Cabbie to Drive to L.A. for $5,000

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Belitsky and Wuebben, en route (via @johnbelitsky)
What's your longest cab ride? 35 minutes? That seemingly endless span of time in which you try to cross town during rush hour? So long that you fall asleep on the way back to Brooklyn and the cabbie has to poke you in the shoulder and shout "Lady!"? As long as it takes to drive from La Guardia to Los Angeles? John Belitsky, who happens to be the son of a former New York cab driver, was told by his dad that no cab driver would ever be convinced to drive that far. He found a cab driver who was.

Belitsky and a friend, Dan Wuebben, found their driver for the 2,800-mile trip, Mohammad Kalam, at La Guardia Airport. We imagine the guys were pretty convincing, or at least promised Kalam 15 minutes of fame, and, of course, $5,000. They left on Saturday. So far so good, it seems. (This must mean they managed to turn off Taxi TV.)

"It was a great idea," Belitsky told KCNC-TV. "We've met a lot of fun people, seen a lot of interesting things. I proved my father wrong."

There's no crosstown traffic, thank God, and no "going to Brooklyn." This actually might be a cab driver's dream!

"This is a long road, wide road," Kalam told KCNC-TV. "There are no people. New York is too crowded, a lot of people, a lot of cars. There are no cars here, I think."

Belitsky is tweeting the trip. We smell a book deal, which, oddly enough, smells kind of like the inside of a cab.

New Yorkers hail taxi for cross-country trip [CBS via Gothamist]


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4 comments
Sakara
Sakara

spoiled rich brats....this is why gasoline is so expensive.

pschase
pschase

Cost way less to get to LA way quicker, but this is an adventure and a heap of good promo. I think another book could be developed from the cabbie's ride back to NYC alone...

Bowling Ball
Bowling Ball

Yeah. Gas is expensive because two people decided to take a cab across the United States. That's the whole problem with America these days, damn punk kids and their taxicabs.

Congratulations. You win.

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