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    Spotsylvania man off, at long last, to ‘get his kicks on Route 66’

    Spotsylvania man off, at long last, to ‘get his kicks on Route 66’

    May 16th, 2013, 10:27 pm
    By CATHY DYSON / THE FREE LANCE–STAR



    When Bob Welborn was a boy, he watched the ‘Route 66’ TV show and longed to drive cross country in
    a Corvette. On Thursday, the 62-year-old Spotsylvania man got into his 2004 Vette and headed west to
    chase his dream. PETER CIHELKA / THE FREE LANCE–STAR


    Bob Welborn pulled out of his driveway before the sun came up Thursday morning and pointed the nose of his white convertible west.

    “I don’t know how far I’m gonna go, but I’m gonna live out a boyhood fantasy,” he said.

    The 62-year-old hoped to drive cross-country, just like the characters Tod and Buz did in the TV show “Route 66.”

    Welborn was 9 when the series premièred in 1960, and he’s been dreaming about motoring west—with the top of his Corvette down and the wind in his face—ever since.

    “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I just made up my mind that this year, I’m gonna do it,” Welborn said. “I’m not getting any younger, and my health’s not getting any better.”

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