Last weekend, with continuing sunny weather, I took the Triumph out for a ride to Duvall. Duvall is about 30 miles NW of North Bend, in the Snoqualmie Valley. For those of you who read my post on Carnation, Duvall is the next town north along SR203.
As far as history of this town, Duvall was formally established in 1913, but was historically the home of the Snoqualmie and other ancestral Tulalip tribes. The area was homesteaded in the 1870's by James and Francis Duvall. The area was also known by the names Cherry Valley and Cosgrove (this name from the 6th Governor of our state who was able to serve but one day due to health reasons). Logging and the railroad provided early prosperity to the town, and now beautiful scenery, small-town charm and antique/gift shops continue to provide a reason to stop.
Controversy remains, in my mind only, on the proper pronunciation of the town's name - is it "DuVALL" as in Robert, or DUvall??? I stand in the former camp, although the town's website insists it's the latter.
I stopped at the local espresso shop on the main road, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the other riders pass through or stop. A couple of HD riders (one with a trike) went to the local BBQ place, and I had a conversation with a couple of sportbike riders. one of them a Ducati rider from Europe, who had some nice things to say about my bike. We all had nice things to say about the riding weather for the day.
I like a BBQ place with attitude:
In between the two Harley's: