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Duvall-Fall City Part-Gravel Ramble
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Face coverings (for mouth and nose) are required when the group makes extended stops. Face coverings are recommended for the duration of the ride. Please bring personal hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues for use at rest stops.
Join us for a scenic social ride from Depot Park in Duvall on a 35-mile route at a steady pace (12-14 MPH on flats with no wind)! Our pace may be a bit slower on the gravel portions, as we maintain a steady-pace effort.
Enjoy the rural sights of the beautiful Snoqualmie Valley while traveling back roads and trails. We will ride the fairly smooth, fine-gravel surface of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail (SVT) to Carnation. Then we'll take paved country roads to Fall City and head back to Carnation on the SVT. We will go through Carnation to detour around construction on the trail, and while we're at it, make a brief coffee stop at Sandy's Espresso. Then we'll hit the trail back to Duvall.
For the most part, the gravel on the trail is firmly packed into dirt and easy to ride. (It is a smoother ride than many city streets.) If you are new to gravel riding or curious to try it, this is an excellent place to start. About 2/3 of the route is gravel.
Let's meet at the Depot Park parking lot, near the restrooms, at 9:45 a.m. for our pre-ride safety briefing, with a departure at 10 a.m.
We can climb and descend the few hills at our own pace. Our goal will be to regroup frequently.
Restrooms and water are available at the start. Restrooms--but no water--are also available at miles 8 and 19. Our coffee stop is at mile 26.
What to bring: A road bike with tires 28 mm or wider will work for the gravel we will encounter. Bring a spare tube and tools to fix a flat, just in case. Please have full fenders if the roads are wet, or you may be asked to ride at the rear of the group. Carry enough water and snacks to sustain you till our coffee break. If you would like a cue sheet, you may print one from the route file below.
Note: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the start and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.
We hope you can join us!
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