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Fathers Take Sons on 2,000 Mile Pilgrimage to Original KFC

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 08, 2015

Fathers Take Sons on 2,000 Mile Pilgrimage to Original KFC

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A couple generations of pals loaded up the car and sent out for a quick bite to eat, which was oddly enough 2,000 miles away.

The Times-Tribune’s Jeff Noble (h/t Associated Press) reports that two buddies took their respective sons on a trip from Montreal, Quebec, to Corbin, Ky., to have a meal at the famed Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum.

In all it was a journey of 34 hours, a pilgrimage for delicious fried chicken that encompassed nothing more than a brief visit.

Noble writes, “From there, the six drove all the way to Corbin, had dinner at the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum — where Kentucky Fried Chicken was born — stayed a couple of hours, and drove straight back to Montreal.”

The report states that this was, obviously, more involved than a group of six deciding that they needed KFC so badly they needed to make it an International affair.

It was more akin to an adorable road trip that even included commemorative t-shirts. For those who are not about to brave a car for a few days, here is a glimpse of the museum and diner thanks to YouTube:

One of the fathers, Brian Lutfy, explained this was a way, however novel, to bond with their sons. And it didn’t hurt that he vividly remembered a previous visit to the location back in 1985.

And really there is no better way to enjoy your first bit of KFC than where it all started. Lutfy states, “Because they’ve never eaten at KFC, that will make the trip even more special.”

Many might be cautious about eating fast food these days. Perhaps consider making it a once-in-a-lifetime trip, because the guilt of devouring the meal seems to wash away completely, replaced with hugs, smiles and memories.

The report does note the group’s Facebook page, which may just get you pondering a similar trip with a bunch of family and friends.

Thanks Terry and Lynn. Tim Hortons, Cornwall Ontario.

Posted by Neil, Brian, the 3 J's & Seb are Going to where it all began on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lutfy stated that he regaled his son Jason with his first foray to the café when the story really took on a new life: “My son was enthralled by all this. He said to me, ‘Dad, Let’s do this. Let’s do a father-son trip.’ I told him, ‘Jason, you realize it’s about 34 hours round-trip?’”

Lutfy continued, “A couple of days later, I kept thinking, ‘I’m not 20 years old now, I’m 52…I called Neil, who’s 51, and told him my idea. Neil, my stepson Sebastien who is 23, and I could take turns driving. I told him we and the boys would never forget this road trip. They’ll forget they went to Niagara Falls, but they won’t forget this.”

And so a story about KFC settles on its major theme: a younger generation gets to experience a father’s past stomping ground while make new memories.

It’s just one of the myriad reasons that makes hopping in a car and driving thousands of miles such a rewarding experience.

It’s hard, exhausting and cramped. But it can be delightful and, if you choose your destination wisely, delicious.


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