I am the pilot that will be doing the leg from the Jacksonville, FL area up to Raleigh, NC. JNX is fine with me. My leg regardless is still running about 3.5 hours. I usually file an IFR flight plan so flying into towered airports helps with clearances and such but I agree, it would make for a quicker transfer. Gas is much cheaper there too.
At any rate. I have not heard from the pilot doing the first leg yet to know what time he'll be departing South FL. If he leaves around 8am and flies nonstop to Craig in Jacksonville, he'll land around 11am. If I depart at 11:30, I'll get to JNX around 3pm. If you are willing to fly a little further south, I can get there earlier than that.
As of now, the transport is scheduled for Saturday (all legs) but we're missing just one pilot at this point. Thanks for the consideration!