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Canadians take 3,300-kilometre road trip to Kentucky in fried chicken pilgrimage

04/06/2015 01:59 EDT | Updated 06/06/2015 05:59 EDT
CORBIN, Ky. - A road trip of more than 3,300 kilometres through two provinces and five U.S. states might seem like a long way for some Canadians to go for fried chicken.

But two men who took their sons on a journey from Montreal to the original home of Kentucky Fried Chicken said Monday it's a trip they'll never forget.

For Brian Lutfy, one of the fathers who piled the four sons into a van for the 34-hour pilgrimage, it was his third time at the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum.

His tales of earlier visits inspired the trip.

"I was telling my son this story, we were out for supper together, and my son Jason says it would be fun if we did a father-son trip and went to Corbin, Kentucky," Lutfy told The Canadian Press in a phone interview from the Canadian border as they entered the last leg of their journey home.

The friends left last Thursday, travelling to Col. Sanders' birthplace and burial place before arriving at the Corbin restaurant Saturday afternoon.

For three of the sons, it was the first time they had tasted KFC.

"When we planned this trip, one of the rules was they're not allowed to have Kentucky Fried Chicken until we're in Corbin," Lutfy said.

The food did not disappoint: Jesse, one of Lutfy's sons, called it "delicious!"

The journey took the group into Ontario and New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

When planning the excursion, Lutfy wondered how he was going to handle that much driving on his own.

That's when he enlisted friend Neil Janna for the trip.

"We literally ate, stayed a couple of hours, turned around and started driving back," said Janna.

They had commemorative T-shirts made and chronicled the entire journey on a Facebook page.

Janna called it a great bonding experience for the adults and kids alike.

"We've been driving seven hours a day, laughing a lot, and having the most unbelievable time with our kids," Janna said.

"We've never laughed so hard in our lives."

— With files from the Assocaiated Press and from Canadian Press reporter Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.