GOSHEN, IND.—-Ray and Wilma Yoder watch the world roll by from the front porch of their 85-year-old farm house on County Road 34 in Goshen, Ind.While sitting next to each other on a twin rocking chair, Ray and Wilma wave to Amish neighbors who hold tight reins on their horse and carriage.
Boisvert and her husband Sylvain Carle bought the establishment in 2002. In 2012 they closed the motel restaurant and added, yup, another tiki bar.
Located off the modest lobby, the romantic Volcano room offers a small bar, billiards and video machines. After a couple of tropical drinks you may think you are in a seductive Amsterdam alley.
“Wilma came about ten miles that day in a horse and buggy not knowing it was all going to be worth it,” Ray quips during a front porch conversation on a warm September morning. The Yoders are the proud parents of four children between the ages of 43 and 58.
Ray and Wilma will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on Oct. In the 1960s Ray became a factory worker at the now- defunct Globemaster Mobile Homes in Goshen before snagging a job delivering motor homes from manufacturer to dealers in Elkhart, the RV capital of the world.
Since then Ray and Wilma have visited all 645 Cracker Barrels in 44 states. “I didn’t let her go anywhere without me,” he says while glancing at his bride. Ray explains, “Now that we’re retired from the RV we take our own car. We’ve seen Asleep at the Wheel at about 25 places and we’re still not tired of them. Ray and Wilma have discovered that most Cracker Barrels are alike. In 2012 Franklin told me how much she loves the chicken and dumplings at Cracker Barrel. Some of them put on baseball caps and you never know.” Cracker Barrel employees have come to know Ray by his white cowboy hat. Its like, ‘Well, I know they’ve been here before.’ We also used to go with them when they delivered motor homes.