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Thanksgiving travelers' journey through South Georgia

The Gause family fueling up (Source: WALB) The Gause family fueling up (Source: WALB)
Greg Gause (Source: WALB) Greg Gause (Source: WALB)
Stacey Revels (Source: WALB) Stacey Revels (Source: WALB)
Intersection of I-75 and highway 82 (Source: WALB) Intersection of I-75 and highway 82 (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

There was a steady flow of traffic on I-75 Wednesday. Less than 24 hours from "Turkey Day," travelers like the Gause family had their cars loaded up and were on their way to spend time with loved ones.

Greg brought his wife, three sons and dog along for what is shaping up to be an action-packed weekend.

"We've got our toys (dirt bikes). Of course we're going to eat too much like everybody else," Gause added. "But we're just going to do a little hunting. We got a hunting lease out in Terrell County."

At this point, the journey was all but over for the family headed from Tampa, Florida to Lee County. Gause said multiple accidents, and heavy traffic caused an hour delay on their ride.

"Just stop and go--all the way up until about Gainesville. Once we got to Gainesville it wasn't that bad," said Gause.

Stores like the Friendly Express near the intersection of Highway 82 and I-75 were busy all day with holiday travelers.

Those motorists are good for business, and kept employees company throughout the day.

"It's been so busy in town and the traffic's been crazy," said Assistant manager Stacey Revels. "They come in, take a quick break, and get right back on the road."

And no road trip gas station stop is complete without stocking up on refreshments. Revels said junk food was flying off the shelves. 

"A Lot of people come in and say they have 9 more hours to go and they've been on the road all day, so it's mainly just drinks and snacks."

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