On Monday (coincidentally Ray's 81st birthday), the long-married couple arrived at the brand new Cracker Barrel in Tualatin, Oregon on the restaurant's dime. After the company caught wind of their longstanding mission to visit every location, they flew them out from their farm in Goshen, Indiana so they could cross the last, and 645th, location off the list. Flashing cameras and a gaggle of Cracker Barrel employees stood outside to greet them before they were escorted to a table to enjoy a couple of their favorite breakfast items, including blueberry pancakes and hash brown casserole. As Ray told reporters on the scene, "These little farm kids aren't used to all this hype."
Ray, who spent much of his career delivering new RVs to dealerships and buyers around the country, had his first taste of Cracker Barrel nearly 40 years ago in Nashville while on the road for work. Over the years, Wilma began joining him on those trips, and as they criss-crossed America they began seeking out Cracker Barrels along the route because it felt like a home away from home for them. Eventually, their mission became clear. "I said to my wife, 'We have been to so many. Why don't we go to them all?'" he told USA Today.