Ray Yoder, and his wife Wilma of Goshen, Indiana, popped up on my radar earlier this summer for after visiting 644, out of 645, Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores in America.
I am a big fan of the homestyle restaurant and have lost count of the amount of times I have eaten there. Even though my range of Cracker Barrel’s visited is a measly 2, I can attest to the fact that this achievement is indeed #oldpeoplegoals.
Retirement offers a dwindling amount of activities that one can do, but eating good ol’ country style food is never a bad idea, even when you’re young. The Yoder’s get that.
How did they do this? They didn’t work no typical 9-5er and bust out trips on the weekend, nor have they eaten Cracker Barrel every day for the past 2 years. Ray and Wilma were actually recreational vehicles delivery drivers (which is apparently what RV stands for). So to make their life on America’s elegant highways a little more enticing, for the past 30 years, they began checking off every Cracker Barrel they could along the way.
On Monday, the couple walked into the Tualatin, Oregon location, ending their quest to visit all of the Cracker Barrels in America. It also just so happened to be Ray’s 81st birthday — so of course C.B. played host with the most and hooked them up with a free meal and custom Cracker Barrel memorabilia such as their classic rocker, candies and their very own apron with 4 stars, their highest ranking.
Before reaching the final location, Ray already knew what he was going to order: “A cider float,” he said. The drink isn’t actually on the menu, but the employees at Cracker Barrel always whip it up for him, because a hero deserves a hero’s welcome, that’s why.
Of all their other favorite menu items, Ray and Wilma especially love the potato casserole or blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup for breakfast time. “It’s a super way to get the day started,” he said. Traveling the country and sharing blueberry pancakes is without a doubt #oldpeoplegoals.
P.S. Let me get one thing straight: if you go to Cracker Barrel and get anything other than breakfast, you are doing it all wrong. Remember that.
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