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Couple completes quest to visit every Cracker Barrel location

By Daniel Uria
Couple completes quest to visit every Cracker Barrel location
The Cracker Barrel in Tualatin, Oregon offered a special gift package to Ray and Wilma Yoder, who have visited all 645 Cracker Barrel locations on Monday. Screen capture/KATU/Inform Inc.

Aug. 30 (UPI) -- An Indiana couple have reached the end of their decades-long quest to eat at all 645 U.S. Cracker Barrel locations.

Ray Yoder and his wife Wilma celebrated his 81st birthday by traveling from their 40-acre farm in Goshen, Ind., to dine at the final location on their list in Tualatin, Oregon on Monday morning.

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"Well, it's quite special," Ray Yoder told KOIN. "These little farm kids aren't used to all this hype."

The Yoders have attracted much fanfare with their tour of the country's Cracker Barrel locations, which extended to 644 locations in late July.

Most of the couple's Cracker Barrel stops have come by car as part of previously planned vacations, but the restaurant chain decided to fly the couple out to the west coast on an all-expense paid trip for their final stop, Today reported.

The couple enjoyed their favorite meals of blueberry waffles and eggs with sausage, as they were showered with praise and special gifts.

"When they arrived, our employees formed a 'clap tunnel' of sorts to cheer and celebrate them," Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Breeanna Straessle said. "We gave them custom Cracker Barrel aprons with their names on them - with four stars, of course, the highest rank."

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In addition to the aprons, which have never been given to anyone outside of the company before, the Yoders were treated to a slew of other special Cracker Barrel gifts.

"We also gave them a few other goodies - a set of our famous rockers, a vintage-looking Coca-Cola cooler, Lodge cookware - just lots of classic Cracker Barrel items," Straessle said.

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