I knock western WA frequently. I no doubt bore the locals with tales of the Appalachians - lamenting WA's lack of twisty two-lane byways and backroads cutting through the wilderness out here... there just aren't that many great riding roads in such a scenic state. And the ones that do exist? They're only open 4 months a year and are usually choked with squids, cruisers, and Vanagons on the weekends.
But man... I forget how great they are when they are open. What WA doesn't have in quantity, it makes up for in scenery.
In one afternoon, you can leave the waterfront of Seattle, rocket out through the forest and over Snoqualmie Pass via I-90, cut east into the farms and deserts of central WA, head south for 30 miles on a wonderfully fast, twisty canyon road, then cut west again, climbing 6,000' to the twisty passes near Mt. Rainier (which, I always like to point out, is a f*ing volcano), then glide down into the farms and suburbs, eventually back into the city - all before rush hour hits.
There are other ways to do this (Stevens Pass, Vantage, North Cascades, Mountain Loop Highway, Cayuse Pass, etc), but this one worked very well yesterday to start the "open season" off right. I haven't ridden much in the last few years (a variety of reasons), but this year I'm really looking forward to getting back into it full-force. Having a bike as versatile as the 919 is a big part of that.
The timelapse rig is a Ricoh pocket cam with a nice wide angle lens for pt. 1 and a GoPro 3 for pt. 2 - frankly, I prefer the Ricoh. Still tinkering, though.
ride timelapse link (Vimeo) :
ride timelapse, 5-20-2013
the 919 on Chinook Pass
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Chinook Pass pano
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