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Phinneywood resident returning from 20,000-mile motorcycle journey tonight

Phinneywood resident Elisa Wirkala is returning home tonight after a 20,000-mile motorcycle journey across two continents and 14 countries.

Wirkala, a middle school Spanish teacher, began her journey on Jan. 1 on a 125cc motorcycle, traveling through North and South America. Her family in Ballard is throwing her a welcome home party tonight. Tbis fall Wirkala will teach at St. Joseph School in Capitol Hill.

You can read all about her adventures on her blog, TravelBugBlues.