Ray and Wilma Yoder travel the country, one Cracker Barrel at a time

It’s probably safe to say that no one loves Cracker Barrel Country Store as much as Ray and Wilma Yoder do. Even when they’re not visiting brand-new restaurants when they open, as they did Friday morning at a ribbon-cutting celebration in Saraland, Ala., they often eat at Cracker Barrel, where they enjoy some of their favorite dishes, including blueberry pancakes, meatloaf and grilled chicken salads. Over the past few decades, The Yoders have become bona fide celebrities. They pose for photos with fans; they’re on a first-name basis with the company’s leadership. Since Ray visited the restaurant for the first time in Nashville in 1978, he has traveled some 5 million miles to visit 651 locations in 45 states, including Alabama, where the state’s 31st location, in Saraland, officially opens April 2. He spent nearly 30 years driving Coachmen recreational vehicles from the manufacturer in Indiana to dealerships all over the United States, which was “a way to see the country and get paid to do it,” he says. ….. continue reading

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