Thanksgiving Travel 42.5 Million Record

November 18, 2011 by staff 

Thanksgiving Travel 42.5 Million Record, When J. Kevin Powell set out with his wife and 3-year-old daughter for the 11-hour drive from Atlanta to Baltimore for Thanksgiving in 2008, he figured he was ahead of the game. They left in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, timing their trip to miss rush-hour traffic in cities along the way. That plan quickly collapsed.

“The first few hours were smooth sailing,” says Powell, 32, owner of the men’s self-improvement website “Then just north of Charlotte, we pretty much hit a standstill. We ended up going 10 or so miles in an hour and a half.” They got off Interstate 85 at a mall to give little Kaylee a break, then hit slow traffic again between Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina.

The back-ups got worse in Virginia. The trip took 20 hours, almost twice as long as usual. “It was really awful,” Powell says. “Now, if I can’t fly up to visit the family, we just stay here.”

For millions of homeward-bound Americans, the trek to the family Thanksgiving gathering is difficult enough, with shrieking kids in the car, uncertain weather possibilities, the looming specter of Aunt Maisie’s oyster loaf and the prospect of spending time with that least-favorite in-law.

What could be worse?

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