Hey Greg-nice to meet you. I Fly a C model which is not terribly different from the D models. Unfortunately I am a foot shorter than you so I cannot appreciate what you are evaluating. The only common thread is I also owned an Archer-no issues for me on head room or pedal room on both of these birds!!
I think the Meyers is a great 2 person cross country machine, particularly for your mission as you defined above. The 3,000# gross weight is definitely the limiting factor. Most of these girls have an empty weight of around 2100# +/-, so a 900# useful load with 480# in full fuel leaves you 420# for people and stuff. With two 170# FAA types, that leaves you 80# of stuff, which is a lot for most aviators.
I am flying behind a IO-520 at 285HP. I know some of the guys have had custom OH’s on 520’s and 550’s and are getting a nice bump in BHP.
Definitely find a 200 and sit in it and see if you can adjust the seat to your satisfaction. if you can then it’s all good from there. They are sweet flying birds.