Well, to start with, if you live in an area of the country (or World) that it is currently covered in snow or ice where you can't ride, I am very sorry. I am lucky enough to live in Washington where we get random days of great weather even in the winter.
So I live out in Graham, about 20 miles south east of Tacoma. The weather here today was 63 and sunny. After church I had some lunch and decided to not let the day pass without getting out for a ride.
I left home and rode out through Orting, then to South Prairie, Burnett, Wilkinson, and Carbonado. This alone is a beautiful ride and worth doing if you have a chance. These small towns are full of charm and tucked into green mountain oasis's.
If you continue to follow Hwy 165 out of Carbonado it will take you out to Mt. Rainier National Park and past the Carbon River Ranger Station. As you wind your way up the canyon to the park you cross over the Carbon River a few times and below you is a rapid running river.
At about the mid point up the road you come to a bridge that is only one lane wide, you have to wait if anyone is headed your way. This is a very old bridge with a steel and wood design, most likely Army Corps. way involved. As you stand on this bridge and look down to the rushing water over 150ft below you can feel the bridge move under you. As cars pass over it, it shakes badly and gives an uneasy feeling.
A little while later you will come to an open area where you get a view of the river and some camping spots. The river is very gray from the snow and silt run off it gives it a unique look.
I rode out to Ipsut Creek camp ground to see what was there and look over the area. It would be a great place to spend a weekend or more fishing and hiking the area.
As I returned toward home again I took Orville Rd out through Electron and into Kapowsin and past the lake. At this point I was only a few miles from home and decided it was time to return.
It was a very pleasant surprise to have such a wonderful day for a ride in January in Washington. I must have waved to almost 100 other bikes as I rode out this way. The roads were still wet in some areas, the sun was bright and some of the roads were a bit rough in areas, but it was awesome. I had a great ride and I hope that if you live in the NW you enjoyed the day also.
Anyway, just had to share. This last picture is what my bike looked like after the ride, she is a bit dirty, but happy. Still need to scrub the whiskers off the new tires, but it was still a little wet for that.
Have a great day and ride safe everyone.