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Lancaster County man will travel country in tractor

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HONEY BROOK, Pa. (WHTM) -

Ivan Stoltzfus will travel the country in style.  The 66-year-old Lancaster County native restored a 1948 John Deer tractor and added the 1984 Peter Built cab and all of the necessary upgrades required by the Department of Transportation to make the 3-month journey.

Ivan's father encouraged him to pursue his dream. "It was five years ago, before he passed away," said Stoltzfus. "He said, 'Ivan, if you have a dream, don't wait until you are too old or can't do it, just do it.'"

Stoltzfus quit his job and plans on raising one million dollars during his cross-country trip that will take him through the back roads of America. Ivan says all the money will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. "The government is cutting their benefits," said Stoltzfus. "They are paying the ultimate price for my freedom."

Ivan says Governor Corbett told him during a recent meeting that he would reach out to other governors along his route to get their support.  Stoltzfus says he received a letter from PennDOT indicating that he would have to obtain permits from each township that he will travel in and conduct traffic studies before he would be permitted to enter those municipalities.

Ivan has been in contact with state officials trying to get the matter resolved before he hits the road on April 26. He plans on starting in New Jersey, and will find an alternate route if he's not allowed in Pennsylvania.

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