80-year-old couple has visited every Cracker Barrel location in U.S.

Posted at 8:59 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 08:59:26-04

GOSHEN, Ind. -- An 80-year-old Indiana couple has completed their Cracker Barrel quest.

They visited all 645 Cracker Barrel restaurants in the United States after the restaurant chain flew them out to Tualatin, Oregon for their final stop, according to 

Ray and Wilma Yoder, of Goshen, started 40 years ago when Ray delivered recreational vehicles around the country. He said the restaurant has became more than just a place to grab a bite on the road.

The Yoders crossed No. 644 off the list on July 7, when they attended the grand opening of a store in Lavonia, Georgia, according to The Lebanon Democrat in Cracker Barrel’s hometown of Lebanon, Tennessee.

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“It took the boredom out of being on the road,” Ray told The Lebanon Democrat. “It has a down-home spirit, and everybody is friendly. It’s like being at home.”

The Yoders have become quasi-celebrities at Cracker Barrel locations, saying they often receive gift baskets and requests for photos from staff when they visit a new store. Ray, an avid checkers player, told The Lebanon Democrat that he notices when checkers boards are turned the wrong way or when particular items in a store are inconsistent with other locations. They also abide by one rule when they visit.

“We always buy something – a cup of coffee, candy or something. We don’t just pull into the parking lot and leave,” Ray said.

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