George L. Smith to Savannah
We had great ambitions to make it the 75+ miles to Savannah from the park where we had camped in one day. After finishing our Mexican leftovers for breakfast and packing up the tent, I led Dallas into a few dead ends trying to find our way out of the park to the beginning of the course Garmin had laid out for us. The park was really lovely though, so it was nice to see some of it before Dallas led us back to the main road.
We stopped after 8 or 9 miles at a gas station to drink coffee and water, and then hit the road again for 18 miles. Statesboro is another college town, so there were cafes and restaurants other than fast food for us to eat at and rest. We rinsed off our sandy legs and feet before going into the Sugar Magnolia Bakery for lunch. The girl at the register was actually from Savannah, and recommended some places for us to check out when we got there. I contacted some more people on couchsurfing over a chicken salad and lemon square.
We left the bakery and moved on to a coffee shop, The Daily Grind. While there, I heard from Blaine, one of the couchsurfers in Savannah. He said he was actually planning to go to Statesboro that day to pick something up and would be able to give us a lift back to Savannah. Both Dallas and I were relieved that we no longer had to bike another 50 miles to get to our destination that day. We remained at the Daily Grind, drinking coffee and eating cake until Blaine showed up with his car and bike rack.
After bringing our belongings inside and showering at Blaine’s apartment, Blaine brought us on an extensive driving tour of Savannah and the surrounding islands. He is an excellent tour guide, and I highly recommend him as a couchsurfing host if you ever happen to find yourself in Savannah without an itinerary or a place to stay. Blaine showed us most of the town, recommending places to check out the next day. He brought us to Spanky’s, which was rated by locals as having the best chicken fingers. After supper, we drove out to Tybee Island and walked around a few of the beaches and fishing areas.