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Millions expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

Hundreds of thousands of people in Wisconsin will hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend. Experts say those numbers are down from last year, but some who are traveling say they're just happy to get out of town.

One of those travelers is Brian Gumm from Sheboygan.

"We are heading to Fargo, North Dakota for a nephew's wedding," Gumm told Newsline 9.

Travel experts say almost 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend. Gumm and his wife made the nine hour, 500 plus mile journey to North Dakota on Friday.

"We usually try to go somewhere if we can, for the Wisconsin dells for the weekend. This year it just happened that we have to go a little farther," said Gumm.

More than 600,000 people will hit the road this holiday weekend in Wisconsin, but experts say that number is down from last year because of high gas prices.

"They're higher than what I think they should be, but when it comes to family you kind of go with it and go," said Gumm.

Experts say while the number of travelers is down, the distance they're going is up. On average, people are expected to travel close to 700 miles this weekend.

"People are traveling on average 46 miles (farther) for their trip than what they were last year. So although there are a few less travelers out there, their average trips are going up," said AAA Agent Brent Dabler.

One trip that Gumm and his family are sure to remember, but for him, Memorial Day is just the beginning of the summer.

"You wait all winter to get to this point, where you can be outside and do different things. We're not really big for outdoors in winter. It's too cold. This time of year you can get outside and golf and get the motorcycle out and camp and do things like that," said Gumm, as he continued his journey to North Dakota.

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