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FLORENCE, Ky. - Nearly 43 million travelers were expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving.

According to AAA Cincinnati, nearly 90 percent of those travelers will be doing so by car, even though gas prices have gone up 10 cents from Monday to Wednesday.

John Flanagan was traveling on I-75 on Wednesday with his wife and two teenage daughters.

"Yeah I was all like excited about getting gas for $3.45, woo-hoo," Flanagan said jokingly.

From heading to grandma's house to driving for a living, everyone is paying more at the pump this week.

Tractor-trailer driver Steve Schroth said he is paying up to $1,000 a fill-up. He said he gets anywhere between five and a half to six miles per gallon.

Flanagan Family from Metamora, MichiganMegan Coutcher from Michigan was on the road with her husband Kevin and their 6-month-old son on Wednesday.

"He's been sleeping the whole time," Coutcher said smilingly.

The young family left Monroe, Mich. and plan to drive 19 hours straight to Florida. They were not to concerned about gas mileage because their KIA gets about 37 miles per gallon.

"That (the gas mileage) played role in us buying it," Megan Coutcher said.

Hill Family From New Albany Ohio The Hill family stopped along the interstate at a rest area to stretch after leaving their New Albany, Ohio home. Al and Laura Hill were taking their teens, Jackson and Piper, to Birmingham, Ala. to watch a college football game.

"Roooooll Tiiiiiide," the family cheered.

The family admitted they had not paid any attention to the gas prices because they were having too much fun on the journey.

"We listen to all kinds of music on the way down," Laura Hill said.

"Sometimes we agree with the music," Piper Hill said.

"Sometimes we don't, and I'm usually the one turning the music down," Laura Hill said. "Every now and then we'll put on a musical and then the whole family joins in."

Flanagan Family from Metamora, Michigan Many of the travelers on the road Wednesday were stopping for bathroom breaks and to stretch before continuing their treks. But the Flanagans from Metamora, Mich. decided to stop for a picnic.

"It's 65 degrees and beautiful out," Nancy Flanagan said. "We all agreed that were moving south."

She and her husband were heading for a family reunion in Tennessee. Their 19- and 16-year-old daughters were enjoying themselves by taunting their parents along the way.

"Are we there yet?" Jenni Flanagan asked sarcastically.

Her little sister, Katherine Flanagan, was a little more graphic in her description of how the trip was going. Basically, the girls themselves got great gas mileage after filling up with lunch.

"We both have like severe acid reflux," Katherine Flanagan said. "So, it's like burping all the time. Yeah, you might not want to stay after we finish eating."

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