cisco traceroute

when I traceroute from one of our remote sites, I get this output:
 1 48 msec 20 msec 48 msec
  2 24 msec 28 msec 20 msec
  3 28 msec 24 msec 28 msec

could someone tell me why there are three lP's under two of the hops?  this remote site is a site-to-site vpn.  Thanks.
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
By default, Cisco traceroute sends three separate packets with the same TTL. In your case, you are seeing that there are two paths to the destination.

One path goes through and the other goes through Then each of the two paths have different next hops afterward.

Your network may look something like this:

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jiggin23Author Commented:
okay, so is it possible to tell wich one is preferred, by a traceroute?
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
There is no "preferred". If there are two routes with equal cost, Cisco will alternate the packets over BOTH paths.
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