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Going Dutch

March 8, 2012
Scooters parked

We parked right out front (Orin O'Neill photos)

Bill suggested lunch at the Lynden Dutch Bakery. The weather forecast said warm and sunny… why not?

It wasn’t as warm as I’d hoped when we set off for Lynden. The sky was fair, the GTS said it was 42°F (a high near 60 was forecast for later). We took Hannegan Road.

This time of day, the moocows were out and about. In one field, several of them were curled up on the ground, like cats or dogs. A few were laying on their sides. I had no idea cows did that. Well, I grew up in the suburbs.

Lynden Dutch Bakery is the one with the sign touting Soep and Espresso in the downtown Lynden post.

Fresh bread

There’s lots of fresh bread. And lots of (presumably) Dutch bric-a-brac attached to the walls. They also have a daily lunch special.


On this day, it was a Reuben with a cup of split pea soup. I love split pea soup, in spite of having seen The Exorcist twice. The Reuben was really good, too. It didn’t have half a quart of Thousand Island dressing on it, as seems to be the case most other places.


The also offer a monthly pie special; this month it’s Dutch apple (no duh, right?). With ice cream and whipped cream. Mmmm.

Our bellies full, it was time to head back. Bill said he’d get home just in time to greet his wife, who would want to go for a ride on her new Piaggio MP3 400. Totally understandable. But before heading out, we decided to avail ourselves of downtown Lynden’s million-dollar restroom.


Well, yeah, the inside looks like most any other restroom. But this restroom is a very substantial, sturdy one. It should withstand a nuclear attack.

Restroom windmill

I’m not so sure about the windmill. Favicon

  1. March 8, 2012 6:57 pm

    I hope you didn’t try dancing in that town…

  2. March 8, 2012 7:36 pm

    No, though I actually could’ve at the bakery… the law sez dancing cannot take place anywhere alcohol is being served…

  3. Jack Riepe permalink
    March 10, 2012 9:12 am

    Dear Orin:

    For a minute, I thought the restroom was in the windmill, and then I realized that the perspective was entirely too optimistic. I am very leery of the Dutch, ever since I joined the “AUTBD:” Americans United To Beat The Dutch. We have been exposing the Dutch conspiracy for years.

    Great you got out for a “duet” ride. I sold the K75. It was posted for a total of 72 hours. I am now working on the defeat of my arthritis and the acquisition of a new(er) BMW that ca be lowered.

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  4. March 10, 2012 12:45 pm

    Jack, glad to hear things are moving forward. Some folks have money, anyway… a scooter friend recently got divorced and put their house on the market. He said it sold in four days, for the asking price. Not a bazillion dollars, but a substantial sum nonetheless…

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