Sunday, February 21, 2010

Duvall, Washington

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:


Canajun said...

Nice to see you're getting some riding time in. While temperatures here have been hovering around 0, there's still too much ice and salt on the roads to go out, so I've had to be satisfied with sliding the dirt bike around on the frozen lake - which is also fun in its own insane way.

Mike said...

I hope you've been able to get out this weekend! Interesting post about Duvall. It's neat to see it's a popular stop for riders too.

If I were going to have a sport bike I think it would be a Ducati. I was just admiring a couple of them yesterday with my son. And if there's anything I dislike it's cuddly BBQ. BTW, what is cuddly BBQ? :)

Unknown said...


Yes, it's nice to get out. Looks like we are getting the best weather in the country. Spring is nearly here.
Want to know what Cuddly BBQ is too.

bobskoot: wet coast scootin

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Lance:

Great pictures. Look at the Harley trike, however. It isn't a trike at all, but a two-wheeled insert that bolts onto a standard Hareley Davidson. It doesn't have three wheels. It has four. If you enlarge the picture, you will clearly see three wheels across the back. This unit is illegal in many states, and causing problems for folks who have purchased them.

Personally, I think they are cool, and a lot cheaper than going the route of a factory trike.

I am delighted that someone is getting some nice riding in. Here in eastern Pennsylvania, we have begun to plan rides for the last two weeks in March. Yet it appears these might be joepardized by the weather. Though it has been raining for 24 hours, and barely puttng a dent in the existing snow, the forecast is for another six to 10 inches on Thursday, or as much as 15 inches.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Baron's Life said...

Lnace this a nice post on DuVall...nice weather this weekend as well...I'm going on a ride down outh Sunday on a borrowed bike...
I'm urprised you met a European Ducatti rider AND the Harley trike look great but I don't know if I would be happy with it.

It's As I See It said...

I grew up in Duvall in the late sixties to mid seventies when the town population was around 500 (including the surrounding area). The name I heard and use even today was simply Duvall--No emphasis on either syllable, or set of consanants. My how the place has changed.

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