Thanksgiving travel off to good start on the ground

Lilly Anne and Annika Bobilya smile as their dad reads a text from their school on his phone.

 

"A two hour delay, no buses on icy roads. Be aware the National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for Buncombe County," recites Andrew Bobilya.

 

The Bobilya family is from Asheville, North Carolina, and are glad to be in the mild weather.  So are Lesley and Russ Johnson.

 

"What was the weather like when you left?" Russ is asked. "Damn cold," is the reply.

 

The Johnsons brought their 41-foot trailer down from Ontario. It was a slow drive.

 

"We don't push it, we take about five days to come down," said Russ Johnson. 

 

But once they get to the Keys, the trailer is parked, and something comes out of the garage.

 

"Then we're going to take our motorcycle out and motorcycle around Key West," said Lesley Johnson.

 

The runner-up Tuesday for longest drive found at the Turnpike service plaza in St. Lucie County is Peter Hadcock.

 

"Been pretty much smooth sailing. We stopped in Savannah and she has a sister in Gainesville," said Hadcock.

 

Hadcock and his wife Jean Hipskind are bringing their two kids down from New York to Palm Beach County for the first time.

 

The kids are actually dogs Snuggles and Sheldon.

 

"They're great in the car, great in the hotel.  Just fantastic," said Hadcock.

 

Triple-A says 90% of Americans will drive to their destination. Driving is a little more popular this year, perhaps with gas prices at their lowest Thanksgiving Day levels in three years.  

 

Wednesday will be the busiest travel day of the week. 

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