Savannah, GA to Beaufort, SC

I didn’t wake up on Friday until after 11.  While Dallas showered, I ran over to the laundry facilities on the opposite side of the apartment complex to retrieve our laundry from the dryer.  After doing so, I jumped in the pool and swam a few laps before jogging back with our laundry.

Blaine kindly offered to drive us a bit outside of Savannah and into South Carolina so we could get away from the city and have a good start.  We gladly accepted.  Since none of us had eaten yet, I asked Blaine if he wanted to join us for breakfast first, and he suggested we eat in Beaufort, the town where Dallas and I figured we’d spend the night.  If Blaine didn’t mind driving us that far, we weren’t going to complain.  Had we not had a job waiting for us in Newport, we would have enjoyed the bike ride from Savannah to Beaufort, but since we were on a timeline we were more than willing to take rides where we could get them.

Blaine, Dallas and me at Nippy’s in Beaufort

Beaufort is a charming town, complete with its own horse and buggy tours, plenty of good restaurants to choose from, and a picturesque waterfront.  We ate at Nippy’s, which has excellent onion rings, fish and chips, fish tacos and shrimp.  After lunch, we walked to the waterfront and had ice-cream.

Blaine said goodbye to Dallas and me in Beaufort.  Before leaving the town ourselves, we got coffee from Common Ground, where we sat on their porch and contacted our next host in Charleston on WarmShowers.  One last stop before leaving town was Piggly Wiggly for some groceries to hold us over until we reached the next town, which may not be for another 70 miles.

Coffee from the porch of Common Ground

We didn’t get to go very far before the sun started setting, so Dallas and I camped out only 16 miles from where we left in Beaufort.  Thanks to Blaine, we were already a bit farther than we had anticipated getting that day, so now we only have a 56-mile ride instead of 72 miles to Charleston.

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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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