"Hey, are you up?" It asked.
"Becky?" I scratched my head. "What do you want?"
"Road trip, let's go."
Becky was someone I considered a friend, until now. "Road trip, where?"
"No idea." She sighed, as if I was asking a stupid question. "We live in Melbourne, plenty of places to see." She pulled the pillow off that I had just placed over my face. "Lets just get in the car and go."
She must be drunk, or knocked her head. "Um, I am busy today, I have things to do." I yawned rather busily and lay down.
Becky was not easily put of by my daunting Sunday schedule, and she eventually succeeded in bundling me into her car. I was wide-awake by the time we crossed the West Gate Bridge.
We meandered up towards Geelong, I was picturing a bottle of wine, Lorne and a fireplace somewhere cosy. But Becky had other ideas. She took none of the usual roads, didn't bother following any of the poplar signs, but instead took every side street and basically just the opposite of where the normal folk would go.
Quite literally, the roads less travelled. I did not know it then, but there was method in her madness. She was looking for something new, something different. A place that was perhaps not on the forefront of everyone's fun map.
I didn't argue, partly because the scenery was beautiful, and partly because I was actually enjoying seeing a part of Victoria I had not seen before. But most of all, the best part was finding a little town that I never knew existed.
Now I have a little tradition: I have to have fish and chips on the beach every time I stop in a coastal town that I have not been to before. Be it breakfast, lunch or supper. It is always fish and chips, with an ice-cold cider. Ok the cider is optional, but it is slowly working its way into my little habit. This happened to be a brunch, and the fish and chips on the beach really hit the spot.
"Do it again next week?" She asked.
My smile said it first. "Of course, where to next?"
She looked at me with a hint pity in her eye. "Really?"
I got it then. "Just kidding.", I lied. Let's just drive."
She nodded her head in approval. "Now you getting it Mike."
She took a sip of her coffee. "Now you getting it."