Had a fantastic day on the bike last weekend, wife was out of town so I had no urgency to get back home. Left Seattle around 6:20am and got to the Rainier entrance just east of Ashford around 8:30am (get fuel in Ashford). Went up to Paradise (theres a reason it's named this), then around to Sunrise and back home via Enumclaw.
No emergencies or close-calls, beautiful velvety pavement on the west side of the mountain. Really great proximity to such a beautiful piece of nature.