A Day in Savannah

Dallas and I took a day to explore Savannah and get some time away from our bikes.  Blaine had class in the morning, so we woke up around 10am, only to find that Blaine had received a text message telling all SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) students to stay inside and not to go anywhere until further notice.  Apparently, a crazy guy with a gun was downtown and had locked himself in one of the restaurants with two hostages.  Since his class was cancelled, Blaine joined us for breakfast at a diner near his home before bringing us downtown.

Enjoying ice-cream at Leopold’s: rose petal and honey almond for me, and lavender and orange blossom for Dallas

Once downtown, we walked to the Savannah Bee Company and then Blaine left us to explore on our own.  We walked along the river and then back to Leopold’s for ice-cream, which was delicious.  It began raining after we left Leopold’s, so we walked/ran to a cafe, where we stayed for the next three or four hours while it thundered and poured.

Blaine had told us about a meet-up for Couchsurfers in Savannah that evening, so we met up with him and about 20 other Couchsurfers, mostly hosts in Savannah, at the Moon River Brewing Companyshortly after 7pm.  We stayed there for a few hours interacting with other members of the couchsurfing community.  One of them was from Florida and was planning a bike tour from Savannah in the next few days.  He had another couchsurfer from France who was staying with him in St Petersburg and decided to leave with him when he started driving up the coast.

Savannah couchsurfers at Moon River Brewing Co.

After departing the couchsurfing meeting, Blaine took us to a secret bar where he flashed a special key to get past the doorman.  Mata Hari is a speakeasy style bar that only allows 200 members at any given time.  The only way you can become a member is if someone who is leaving Savannah gives you their key.  It was a pretty cool place, and we stayed to watch a few sets of Britt Scott’s singing.

It was already after midnight when we got back to Blaine’s apartment, but Dallas and I needed to do laundry, so we put a load in the washer and then watched a movie before going back to switch the clothes to the dryer.

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About Sarah

Sarah grew up in Cranston - just south of Providence, Rhode Island - and developed a love for travel, music, and outdoor sports at an early age. She had started bicycling long distances at age 12, as a participant of the MS150 bike tours to raise money for the MS Society. She didn't use her bike regularly until she built her own while studying in Montreal and found it an excellent way to get around the city. After graduating from McGill and moving back to Providence, Sarah started working at Brown University's office of Environmental Health & Safety as the Biological Safety Specialist. She was living 4 miles away at the time, and for the first few weeks was driving to work. She made the switch from driving to bicycling when she realized that she could get to work faster, avoid parking tickets, and integrate a few miles of training into her day. Bicycling was better for the environment and better for her own health and mood. She found that she had more energy and felt much happier once she started biking to work. When her car broke down several months later, she never bothered replacing it. After 4 years of working in Biosafety (and on her master's in Environmental Studies), Sarah left her job to pursue her passion. She has been working various jobs in the bicycle industry since June of 2011, including pedicab driver, bicycle tour guide, bike mechanic and traveling bicycle advocate. In between seasonal jobs, she has done a few long-distance bike tours, which is the main reason for this blog. Her dream is to eventually ride around the world and sail across the oceans.

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