West Seattle’s Georgia Mitchell will cross the USA on a …what?

June 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 11 Comments

(Photo by Amanda Grove)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

While hundreds of people will be taking courses from South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) this year, we can guarantee that Georgia Mitchell will be the only one taking them while riding a three-wheeled Y Fliker scooter cross-country.

You might already know Georgia. Not just because she’s a 2009 Chief Sealth graduate; that same year, she made news by becoming Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu.

She’s been off at college in Hawai’i, and on a culinary internship in France, before transferring back to join the hospitality program at SSCC.

But first: Starting one week from today, she’s embarking on three months of human-powered travel across America, with three Brazilians and an Irishman.

(Meet them here.)

They’re riding on the Y Fliker, a three-wheeled scooter that requires a sort of “wiggle” to ride, as Georgia describes it. (Here’s the manufacturer’s how-to promotional video, in case you want to see for yourself:

Part of their goal is to raise money to donate hundreds of Y Flikers to schools for fitness programs, beyond 300 that the company making them is donating already. They’re also raising money for a camp in Ireland for kids with serious illnesses – that will be via a second, European leg of the journey, but Georgia is “only” with the team till they get to the east Coast.

How did she get involved? While on the aforementioned internship, Georgia met Waneska Valois, who had used the Y Fliker as part of a PE program in California schools and wanted to figure out a way to get it into more schools.

She and Georgia got to talking – Georgia had always wanted to make a cross-country trip; “In October, we came up with the idea, and in January, it started happening.” Now, it’s almost reality. She’s flying to Los Angeles tomorrow, and in a week, they leave L.A., headed east. (See the route map on their website’s home page.)

They have some corporate sponsors for the trip, during which they’ll be living in an RV, and they also used a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign so they can produce a web-video series along the way.

Georgia says they’re hoping that people will follow their progress via the series – likely with weekly episodes, and shorter clips inbetween – and via events at their stops: “We’re planning to do workshops and demos along the way.”

That’s inbetween 10-or-so-hour daily stints of Y Fliker riding. She says she rode one on cobblestone streets in France, which was a bit of a challenge, but when they started planning the upcoming journey, “it didn’t go through my head that we’d be going up and down mountains!” Their route will cross the Continental Divide in the Colorado Rockies – after they travel from L.A. to Las Vegas to Salt Lake City and beyond.

Georgia acknowledges the first week will likely be brutal physically, but she’s been an athlete all her life – soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball – so she’s ready. Four members of the team will be Y Fliker’ing, while they also will have a driver for the RV and “a media guy” who will work on advance publicity and related matters.

They’re expecting the cross-USA trip to take until early October, at which time Georgia will fly back here to rejoin SSCC classes, which she’ll be taking online in the meantime, starting over the summer.

“It’s going to be life-changing,” she declares. And she of course has the support of proud parents Mark and Carrie Hewitt, though, when asked what they thought at first, she admits her dad “kind of laughed,” being familiar with the type of terrain they’re facing.

So how can you help, besides, of course, donating? “We really want people to follow us along our journey and see what we’re doing, and (how we’re) making a difference along the way.”

You can do that here, as well as via Facebook and Twitter

11 Comments

  1. Georgia! I am so excited for you :) You are so ambitious!

    Comment by mb — 10:51 pm June 17, 2013 #

  2. You be careful Georgia,praying for a safe and exciting trip.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 11:24 pm June 17, 2013 #

  3. Great photo!

    Comment by cjboffoli — 11:31 pm June 17, 2013 #

  4. Awesome!

    Comment by Maggie — 5:26 am June 18, 2013 #

  5. Good for you – safe journeys to you!

    Comment by Pam — 7:20 am June 18, 2013 #

  6. Be safe and have fun, Georgia!

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:36 am June 18, 2013 #

  7. I cannot imagine the route you will be taking. How safe are you in traffic? Be careful yet enjoy every minute.

    Comment by Aunt amy — 7:44 am June 18, 2013 #

  8. What a great way to see the country!

    Comment by Last53BusRider — 8:49 am June 18, 2013 #

  9. I don’t know if any of you have met Georgia, but this girl can take care of herself. Enjoy the ride and thanks for letting us live vicariously through your adventures. Blessings!!!

    Comment by Georgela — 12:12 pm June 18, 2013 #

  10. What a great way for the country to see Georgia!!!!

    Comment by Watcher — 6:11 pm June 19, 2013 #

  11. I met Georgia on the plane from Seattle to LAX, I’m so excited to hear about her trip across the USA. Once over the Rockies, the rest will be a breeze. ;) Wiggle Waggle It!!

    Comment by Jacob Vangelisti — 2:00 pm June 20, 2013 #

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