*This post is part of the #FordThinking Challenge for #Voicesof2015
I have always loved a long drive. I think it’s the fact that I live about an hour away from the city. It was an hour in the car to Uni, 90 minutes to my first corporate job. I love that you can settle in with your music playing and do a little car dancing on your way to wherever it is you’re headed. Last week the lovely folks at Ford and Kidspot leant me an All-New Ford Mondeo for six weeks as part of the #fordthinking challenge for #Voicesof2015, and as I don’t have a car of my own, this was the perfect chance to get out for a long drive and to visit one of my favourite places.
One of my favourite things about living where I do is that it’s so easy to get on a freeway and cruise your way to where you want to go. Sorrento Ocean Beach was my destination last Friday, and I decided that as I’m usually the passenger, it would be wise to test out the in-built GPS and let it direct me. It asked me to head towards the freeway and I knew that it was going to be a fun drive.
Having a fancy car to drive that has SYNC™2 (the entertainment system) is so different to our 8 year old car. This one plays my favourite tracks from my phone via bluetooth from the moment I start the ignition and stops it once I open my car door. I can skip songs right from the steering wheel (this is so cool) and keep focused on the drive. Having my music at my fingertips makes for the best road trip playlist. It even has emergency assistance built in where it will call emergency services and give your GPS coordinates if you’re in an accident where your airbags deploy! (Which gives me piece of mind).
When I left the house it was raining, but the further south I got the sunnier it became. The clouds danced across the sky above the green hills of vines and cattle. The Mornington Peninsula is such a pretty part of the world. Moving from suburbs to rural in what feels like a flash. It’s easy to forget that you’re so close to suburbia with farms and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Once the freeway ends, you wind your way towards the sea and follow it all the way to Sorrento’s main street. With the sea on your right you take a left and follow the road all the way to the Ocean beach. It winds into view and in stark contrast to the flat-as-a-tack sea beach, the waves roll in quickly and take your breath away.
There’s something about this place that makes it the perfect little adventure. There are tracks to walk, hike or run. The beach is there for you to make sand castles, or go for a nice long walk. There’s a restaurant that also sells take away fish and chips and there’s space to just breathe in the fresh ocean air. The wind was icy cold and reminding me that Winter hasn’t left just yet, but it’s hard to feel anything but calm when there’s a sight like this.
When it was time to go, the great tunes started again, as soon as I started the car and I headed back towards the sea to wind my way back home feeling refreshed. I love that the car makes it so easy to answer the phone or get driving directions and even tells me which way is North. It makes the little adventures all that more relaxed and fun.
Do you make time for little adventures where you just get out and drive? Where’s your favourite place to go?
*I am part of this year’s Top 100 for #Voicesof2015 and was picked to test drive the All-New Ford Mondeo for six weeks in return for 3 blog posts. This is the first of the three. As always I do my best to make the content relevant for you and share what I think you’ll find interesting too. x D