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Two Friends Cab Across America For $5K

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – It took six days and $5,000, but two friends did it. They hired a New York City cab driver to drive them across the United States all the way to Los Angeles.

John Belitsky, of Leonia, N.J., and Dan Wuebben, of Queens, reached California on Friday, along with their cab driver, Mohammed Alam.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall spoke to Belitsky

“It was a great adventure and it was always meant to be a great adventure. It was everything that you could think,” Belitsky said.

The idea hatched a birthday party and came to fruition when they found their cabbie at LaGuardia last week.

Then, they traveled on to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas where they won $2,000 playing blackjack before reaching L.A.

“The Grand Canyon really was the best thing,” he said.

They told the New York Post that they woke up cabbie Alam “with a shower of $100 bills.”

The two friends haven’t yet said how they’ll get back, but the cab driver said a friend will help him make the drive home.

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One Comment

  1. I’m sure it was s great aventure! : )



  3. his Sister says:

    it was Chicago, Omaha, Denver, New Mexica, Grand Canyon, almost to CA when they back tracked to Vegas. Won some money, back into Cali the next day.

  4. Larry Schwarz says:

    I am curious to the route taken.I am guessing The NJ Tpke,to the PA Tpke then I-70 into Utah,then southbound I-15 which would have taken then into Las Vegas.Then continue on I-15 through beautiful Barstow (I am being funny here) and iinto Los Angeles.If one of you who took the trip can tell me if I am correct,or what routes you did take I would appreciate it.$2,000 win in Vegas,WOW.

  5. Larry Schwarz says:

    I am glad they enjoyed the trip.For me the six hour flight from JFK to LAX was long enough.

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