Shorewood grad completes 20,000 mile motorcycle trip in time for school

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Shorewood grad Elisa Wirkala

Elisa Wirkala, a graduate of both Shorewood High School and Shoreline Community College, will arrive in Seattle Monday to a welcome from family and friends in Ballard after a motorcycle journey of more than 20,000 miles.

Wirkala set off on January 1, 2014 for an 8 month trans-continental voyage on a tiny 125cc motorcycle, through some of the most dangerous countries in Latin America. She's ending this part of her continent spanning motorcycle trip in Seattle this Monday evening after a journey across two continents and 14 countries. 

A middle school Spanish teacher at St. Joseph's school on Capitol Hill, she will arrive just in time to start the new school year. 

She kept a journal of her trip, which you can read at Travel Bug Blues.


Rita Wirkala September 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM  

I hope Elisa's trip will inspire our young people to travel and get to know the rest of the continent where they live. As Aldous Huxley once said: To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

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