ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After a brutal winter and a bizarre hail storm Thursday, Memorial Day travelers are looking forward to the holiday weekend and warmer days.
69 News spoke with people who stopped at the Allentown Service Plaza along the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeast Extension Friday.
"Feel pretty good and I'm looking forward to a warm summer to make up for the cold winter," said Jim Bardenett of Olean, New York.
"Very excited, very sick of the bad weather and looking forward to relaxing," said Kathy Pompe of Eagleville, Montgomery County.
"We're actually headed to Tampa, Florida to get on a cruise boat," said Dennis Gochoel of Wilkes-Barre. "Eight whole days of fun and sun and shake off these winter northern blues."
Zach Mutschler of West Chester was traveling to Allentown for the weekend and is looking forward to warmer weather, especially after Thursday's hail.
"It looked like a snow storm that we had down in West Chester again so I'm ready to just be done with that and have summer, pool parties, barbeques," he said.
AAA estimates more than 36 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend, which is a slight increase from last year. Eight in ten people will drive. The current average gas price is about $3.66 a gallon.
"It's nice not to have to wear ten layers of clothes," said Patti Waelder of Syracuse, New York. But she admitted, "I don't mind the winter. Yu can always get warm, you can pick up the snow and move it out of your way."
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