2 strangers, 4 days, 2 small vehicles

April 5, 2010 by Jill W. Tallman
Should Team Orville stop here?

Should Team Orville stop here?

When I signed up for AOPA’s Road and Runway Rally, I was hooked by one key fact: I would get to fly a Remos GX halfway from Maryland to Florida. But, there are some points that I didn’t consider: Driving the other half (two long days) in a SMART car, and spending all four days with a stranger. In some ways, that might be more challenging than the flight! 

I’ve already started racking up time in both vehicles. So far, the Remos and SMART car have one thing in common—they are surprisingly roomy on the inside, which is a good thing (remember, four days with a stranger).

 The guest on my team (Team Orville), Jason Paur, a correspondent for Wired.com, will arrive at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md., just a couple of days before the rally begins. But he won’t remain a stranger for long…we’ll have two days to bond in the SMART car while driving from Frederick to Dillon, S.C., on the first two legs of the rally. Let’s just hope we don’t want to kill each other before it’s our turn to fly the Remos!

 So, if you were stuck in a SMART car for two days with a stranger, how would you pass the time? For those of you familiar with I-95, what stops do you recommend between Maryland and South Carolina?

 Guest blogger Alyssa J. Miller, a commercial-  and instrument-rated pilot, is one-half of Team Orville in the upcoming Fun to Fly Road and Runway Rally.–Jill W. Tallman 


4 Responses to “2 strangers, 4 days, 2 small vehicles”

  1. Max Trescott Says:

    No trip down I-95 would be complete without a stop at Pedro’s South of the Border in Dillon, SC. If for no other reason, you’ll need to satisfy your curiosity after reading their billboards for the prior three hours! Please say hi to Jason!

  2. Pete Lautensack Says:

    Stop in Rocky Mount, NC and get a Cheesesteak at Brian’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers. He’s located about 3 miles off 95 off rt 64. 1129 Jeffreys Rd Benvenue Plz, Rocky Mount, NC. Phone: 252-442-8007. Tell him Pete sent you!!!

  3. wayne stobbart Says:

    I travel that route alot from Mass. and I like to stop at Mike’s Famous a harley davidson dealer just across the Dell. Memorial Bridge. it has a nice little 50s style diner inside plus you get to check out the new harleys and clothing. If that is near your start, stop in for breakfast. My next stop would be a drive by of Pennsylvania ave and the Washington monument, it’s virtually just off the exit and could also be a place to switch drivers. Arlington Nat’l Cemetary is just across the river, also worth the stop. Aside from the Piolt truck stop at exit 169 or a Waffle house for breakfast there is not much else just off the highway. I will be driving down on the 13th, perhaps we’ll see you enroute.

  4. Pete Lautensack Says:


Leave a Reply