Break in 10:30 AM - 2013 Ford Focus ST Long-Term Road Test

2013 Ford Focus ST Long Term Road Test


Basking in the afterglow of the twists and turns of Highway One and the beautiful scenery through Big Sur, my quest for dinner continued. I emerged from the rugged coastline and leisurely cruised into Carmel. Being so close to my spiritual home, I had to stop in, at least for a photo opportunity.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This is where the old me ended and the new me began twelve years ago. Shortly after getting into open-wheel racing, I abandoned my previous career to play with cars and bikes all day. I have it under good authority that this will be my final resting place when I take my final lap.

But that' not today. Nope, I'm on a mission, though I am late. I found myself about 40 minutes behind schedule. I pointed the car east out of Salinas to reconnect with the 101 freeway. The good news was, traffic was moving and I started making up some time.
Not knowing exactly how to get to Napa from here, I turned to the navigation system. Ruh-roh.

In the six-and-a-half hours I've been traveling, the only conversation I had would be with the Sync voice activation system. The female voice is pleasant enough, but she was not giving me what I needed (sigh…story of my life, amiright, guys? Anyone? Fine, forget it).

I went through the destination selection process, but Sync wasn't recognizing "Opus One." That was my goal, by the way, to stop by Opus One to pick up a bottle of Overture to pair with my perfect steak. The problem might have been that I was searching in Napa, CA, but the winery isn't in Napa, it was in a city that was just on the tip of my tongue. Aww man, what is it?  Think, Mark. Nothing.

Instead, I just had the destination set for some nondescript gas station in Napa. Once I got into town, I stopped to check where the winery was on my iPhone. SAINT HELENA! That' it! Sadly, Sync still couldn’t find Opus One, so I selected the physical address instead. I was on my way.

Next update: 1:47 pm

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 451 miles

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