Gas Prices Spoil Memorial Plans

Posted at: 05/24/2013 5:29 PM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 6:35 PM
By: Travis Dill

Gas prices made Northlanders cringe as they filled their tanks on Friday. Some said it would keep them at home for Memorial weekend.

Ken Bowker said every mile is like torture as he filled up for $4.19 a gallon in Duluth.

“Every time I push the gas pedal I can fell dollars just going out the window,” Bowker said.

He said that could keep him from visiting family in Ashland over Memorial weekend.

“The gas prices definitely hurt the chances of going out there. I can't really afford it working for $8 an hour it doesn't really pay to put half your paycheck in the gas tank,” Bowker said.

Some younger drivers complained about prices doubling since they started driving, but Mike Senarighi had more to be upset about on Friday.

“When I was a teenager I can remember paying 25 cents a gallon, you know, and didn't really think we'd be up over $4 this quickly,” Senarighi said.

The spike in prices was hard on college student Tyler Luebbe. He said even a trip to Solon Springs is too expensive for him.

“Oh yeah, I'd like to go home all the time and go fishing or go golfing, but it's kind of hard to do that when you got to save your money for gas,” Luebbe said.

But he was still willing to shell out $50 to get home for his brother's graduation this weekend.

Some Northlanders did make the drive despite the high prices, but other said they would cut their trips short.

The high prices hit the Northland hard, but AAA expects 34 million people to travel nationwide over the Memorial holiday. That is only 1 percent fewer travelers than last year.