Many individuals have bucket lists of locations to see, whether or not it is all 50 states, their favourite sports activities groups’ stadiums, or the seven continents. However for one lovable couple, a love of Cracker Barrel’s down-residence environment pushed them to go to 644 of the restaurant’s 645 places.
Greater than forty years in the past, Ray Yoder was driving vans and sometimes stopped at Cracker Barrel for one thing to eat off the interstate. He by no means had a nasty expertise, and appreciated how variety the employees was whatever the location he was at.
“It is the identical good service and nice individuals wherever you go,” Ray advised the Lebanon Democrat.
He started to deliver his spouse Wilma with him, and after 30 years of visiting shops, seeing all of them turned a mission. Staff started to acknowledge the 2, they usually turned one thing of asuperstar couple.
Ray Yoder informed the Democrat, “It is a good feeling. It is one thing we have adopted this lengthy, however it’s gained consideration within the final 10 years.”
At every location, the Yoder’s be sure to purchase one thing, even when it is simply espresso or sweet. Additionally they all the time depart a tip. Once they do go to shops, they typically obtain present baskets or different small presents, in addition to photograph requests. They have been to as many as eight shops in in the future, and have traveled greater than 5 million miles in complete.
The pair are each eighty now, and proceed touring across the nation visiting new shops they open up. Earlier this month, the pair went to Lavonia, Georgia to attend a brand new retailer’s ribbon slicing ceremony.
Their final cease (for now!) would be the Tualatin, Oregon location simply outdoors of Portland, which they hope to go to this yr. Nevertheless, the Yoder’s plan to proceed the search as new places open up. How’s that for relationship objectives?