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1.2M Virginians begin annual trek for turkey

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Thanksgiving rush is on during the heaviest travel day of the year. AAA reports that 1.2 million Virginians will be on the road, in the air, or on a train. The average trek for turkey is about 600 miles. However, many travelers in the Commonwealth agree, it's a feast worth waiting for.

"Our first flight this morning was canceled, so we're spending the day in the airport," said Marc Rinaldi. He and his family are flying to Mexico for the holiday, out of Richmond International Airport. While many will be eating turkey, the Rinaldi's have decided on more international cuisine.

"We'll probably be eating tacos," joked Rinaldi.

National Guardsman Joseph Suderman says he's envisioning his family's Thanksgiving Day spread, during his flight home from Fort Lee.      

"I just can't wait. I can't wait to see my family again," said Suderman.

For Army Private Harley Caughlin, this year's Thanksgiving means cherished moments with family, before she deploys overseas.

"I'm going to be home for nine days. Then I fly to Korea," Caughlin explained while waiting for her flight.

AAA expects air travel in Virginia to be slightly down this year by nearly three percent. Even still, 87,000 are anticipated to board a plane.

"We have a full itinerary planned of things to do in Richmond. We're going to see the botanical gardens. We're going to see the state capitol," said Marsha Dixon, who greeted her sister as she arrived at RIC from Florida.

However, AAA reports that more than 90 percent of holiday travelers will hit the highway. Something to be thankful for this thanksgiving eve- gas is four cents less a gallon, than this day last year. Another relief, road construction in Virginia has also been suspended for the holiday, to help ease traffic. Virginia State Police will have 75 percent of their troopers patrolling this weekend.

Even still, the train was a popular choice for many who packed the Staples Mill Road Amtrak station.

"I am headed to Maryland to see my son, his wife and their precious little girl. She'll be two in February," gushed Sissy Parrott, who said she opted for the train to avoid the hassle of driving.

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