You may recall earlier this month when I decided to conquer Queen Anne Hill with nothing more impressive than my bicycle and my poor judgment. You may also recall that this wasn’t one of my more graceful tours and I may have been inclined to deploy some choice language on the subject of me and foolish ideas. I short, I was defeated, heartily, and though I persisted and completed tour, there was a reckoning left to be made.
This week, I decided to make that reckoning. Monday night I worked out the plan for where I wanted to go and it looked easy enough. Tuesday dawned, the weather was great, I didn’t have any appointments until the evening, and I had a hill to bike.
You can probably guess where this is going.
The morning went haywire and I didn’t leave until much later than I’d meant to. Then, after I made it to the first property I got a call form a client and suddenly I had an appointment to get to. Tour canceled. I did get to stop and pet a cat before abandoning my plans, at least.
But the spring market means more things on inventory and Capitol Hill’s broker tour today had more offerings than I’ve seen so far all year. I ducked out on my lunch break for a stroll to four different places and made it back before anybody missed me. It’s not the same as settling accounts with the hill that shamed me, but I’ll have other opportunities for that.
Location: Capitol Hill
Time: 45 min
Transit modes: Feet
Cats petted: 1 (I’m counting Tuesday’s cat)
Tea consumed: Assam milk tea
Properties Viewed: 4
A last minute cancellation means I got to sneak out for a very quick tour this week after all. That would have been a victory on its own, (sort of. Clients getting swamped by work isn’t fun for me or them.), I also stuck by my guns and took my bike, despite the presence of August in this fine third week of April.
It’s too hot. Oh my goodness, is it ever two hot.
Still, I checked out two condos right near the canal, and Burke Gilman, in Wallingford. Then I made it to the University District on the awkward side of early for my first afternoon appointment. It was warm, but I was out in Columbia City on Monday and that was worse, so I won’t complain about today too much.
Still, somebody should tell August to stick to its own month.
Time: 1 hr
Transit modes: Train, bike
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: Tea Republik Peachee Litchee, iced
Properties Viewed: 2
Spring has definitely kicked off, because this week has been astonishingly busy, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up any time soon. Despite that, and clients running me from hither and yon, I did make it out on tour this week. (I suspect next week isn’t going to happen, though. We’ll see.) I went on Wednesday, and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to sit down and write it up.
Given the frantic pace this week had, my goals for tour were pretty modest. Three properties, a condo and two single family homes, in Fremont and Wallingford. I caught the bus to the first property, walked to the other two, and then used a bus-train combo to get back. This was slightly less than two hours round trip, including the tour, and I got a lot of correspondence and planning taken care of while I was on the bus, so it worked out pretty well. Also, the weather on Wednesday was gorgeous, and everything is in bloom, so that was a really nice walk to take in the middle of the day.
Location: Fremont, Wallingford
Time: 2 hr
Transit modes: Bus, feet, train
Cats petted: 0
Tea consumed: No tea
Properties Viewed: 3
My front bike tire continues to do an excellent impression of being uncursed, which has been great fun. I may have skipped checking out the festivities around the opening of the 520 bridge over the weekend in favor of making my meandering way up the Burke-Gilman trail just to test how broken the curse might be. It was lovely – people can say what they like about Seattle weather being dreary and gray, but I adore it.
Which is the present prelude to a story of agony and woe. I had such a nice time over the weekend that I came up with the, in retrospect, terrible idea of biking through a Tuesday tour of Queen Anne and Magnolia. I had a meeting in Fremont at 1pm and the timing seemed perfect to me.
Here’s some interesting trivia: The office where I spend most of my desk time is in Capitol Hill, which is on the fifth tallest hill in the city. That makes going other places by bike fairly pleasant, and coming back less so. Queen Anne hill, however, is the third tallest hill in the city. The part of Queen Anne Ave that climbs the hill is one of the steepest streets in the city. The alternative routes near it aren’t exactly flat.
I’m not eager to go biking up Queen Anne Hill again any time soon. Once I got to the first property everything was great because I’d more or less finished the whole climb, but getting there was a beast.
The ride to Fremont when I was finished was glorious, though. Biking down one of the steepest hills in the city is great fun.
Getting to Magnolia later for evening tour probably would have just been a nice challenging ride. I made it, but it was a little much after the morning. Next time I think I’ll take the bus up the hill and reap lazy rewards.
Location: Queen Anne, Magnolia
Time: 2.5 hr
Transit modes: Bike, Sheer force of will
Cats petted: 1
Tea consumed: Tea Republik Vanilla Chai, all the water
Properties Viewed: 5