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1 Down, 1 To Go in Travel Push

Posted December 1, 1997

— Emphasizing as they do family and tradition, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are very hectic travel times. With Thanksgiving behind us, we just need to deal with the Christmas-New Year's travel to wind up 1997. And patience will be needed as much for the coming holidays as it was for Thanksgiving.

After filling up on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, millions spent Sunday making their way back home, making for crowded airplanes, trains and buses. No matter which form of public transport people chose, they had plenty of company.

Farewelll hugs and kisses...and long lines were the order of the day for passengers at RDU International Airport Sunday.

And Mother Nature decided to toss a couple monkey wrenches into the mix by bringing heavy rains and fog to some areas of the country -- slowing down connections.

Mark Denton said he was told of delays due to the weather, with some planes being held so connections could be made.

For others, the trip was a bit more difficult. Whether it's catching the airport shuttle, finding your luggage or just remembering where you parked the car, getting home after the holidays can be trying.

Traveler Betsy Fricke said she ran into problems leaving Jacksonville, Florida. The plane was overbooked, but volunteers were found to give up their seats.

Traffic on the nation's roads was moving, but heavy. The rain across the South made things tricky, calling for drivers to be alert to slippery roads and possible accidents.

One driver said that because in some places the rainfall was light, it was just enough to kick up dirt on the windshield -- and to leave it there. He judged it "nasty driving."

For some, a quick stop at a rest area to get a drink was all it took to recharge. And to regroup, ready to face the oncoming traffic.

And the familiar challenges were still there, such as the bottleneck in getting through Greensboro where I-85 and I-40 converge with US 29 and 220. "The worst," said one driver, "was trying to get out of Greensboro. It's a mess right around Greensboro."


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