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SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

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July marks one of the more active months for me. Besides my usual daddy duties, I have a number of events taking me out of town. After just coming off my time in Ocean City with the new 2017 Elantra I had Hyundai fresh on my mind as I prepared for my next trip to  the DMV area. Fortunately the 2016 Sonata Sport 2.0 with its 18 inch wheels, sleek appearance and extra muscle was waiting for me. The step up in model gave me some more room and power under the hood as I made my way down the 95.

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Space, Style and Power at your fingertips in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

My next destination was the Black Weblog Awards that were held during the 2016 Blogging While Brown conference in Washington, DC. That was one of the most smooth rides into the nation’s capital I’ve ever taken. I can see that the new Elantra took a lot of its design influence from the Sonata.

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Blogging While Brown – Black Weblog Awards Acceptance

Essentially the Sonata is the Elantra’s big brother. Ruling the mid-size class with the most interior space of any other vehicle, you know I’m already enjoying myself.

The Sonata includes some of our favorite and at this point expected features like hands free smart trunk access, remote key ignition, rear view cameras, blind spot and lane safety detection alerts and gorgeous leather laced interior with sporty gear shift handle, pedals and chrome accents.

Besides the increase in size and space, it was the Sonata’s power that quickly struck me after a week with the Elantra. Going from  a solid 147 horsepower engine to the twin turbo pushing at up to 245 horses, the feel on the road is night and day.  When you couple that with the Sport mode steering setting and you really do feel like gliding on the open road.

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I’m not even going to lie. There were a number of impressed looks as I pulled up on George Washington University for the Blogging While Brown Conference. Here’s the thing. People see the running around that I do. With so much going on and so many things on my plate, there is only so much time I can put into transportation. How ever I choose to move about needs to be quality so I can think about other things. The Hyundai Sonata allowed me 100% confidence in the fact that I’d be arriving where I needed to be without any issues.

If nothing else, Hyundai is coming through with lots of options for your driving desires. The Sonata Sport that I experienced goes for just under $30K with the Limited Edition running you about $5K more for all the top features and added treats. At either level, I’d say that you will be a happy customer once you hit that road.

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A Weekend Away In Washington DC with Nomadness & Megabus

A Weekend Away In Washington DC with Nomadness & Megabus

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The cooler temperatures were not going to slow me down as this past weekend as I took a short trip down I-95 to Washington, DC. As you may imagine megabus.com was my transportation option of choice for this short road trip. Those of you familiar with my earlier posts know my affinity for megabus.com. In comparison to my summer travels where I was working 100% digitally, I’ve recently dived into some new work that has tightened up my schedule a bit. That just means that when I elect to take a public transportation service they have to be on top of their game as my time is more measured.

My ride down to DC allowed me to catch up on some much needed sleep. The deep recline of that megabus seat had me in dream land before we had pulled out of the Manhattan. A 4 1/2 hour ride didn’t seem that long at all. What my extended nap meant was that I would be all rested for my DC weekend.  The people were out for all the events of  Howard homecoming weekend. The energy in the city was great and y’all the HU spirit was in full force many of my Nomadness Tribe members were not to far off in Airy, Maryland for the Autumn Reggae Wine Fest. Great food, great drink and great music was the theme of the weekend.

After the festivities of Saturday I met more of the Tribe for an incredible brunch at the Washington Plaza hotel. After 2 plus hours of breaking bread, the remaining Tribe members found  a local bar to take in some Sunday afternoon football.

Just some of my @nomadnesstribe fed and full at Washington Plaza. #Nomadness #DC

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When the final whistle sounded it was about that time to start my preparation for the ride home. As I mentioned earlier I’m in the midst of some new work so needed megabus to be on point time wise. I’d be going straight to the office once I arrived in Manhattan. My concerns were put to rest at the bus left Union Station on time and returned me to NYC with enough time to get breakfast before getting a jump on work.

Megabus.com wins with me because it’s schedule and consistency can be so easily plugged into my schedule without a hitch. Hopefully I have get some more bus tribes in before the snows of Winter arrive. Maybe I’ll let megabus.com take me somewhere warm once those temps drop.

 

Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai

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