Locals trek cross country to Rose Bowl

Lynn Aldridge Carswell/Special Robyn Littlefield McCann, elementary school teacher at Calloway Elementary in Troup County; Lynn Aldridge Carswell, teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary in Evans; Jolene Bryant, of Evans; Shannon Barnes Mann, teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary; and Graylen Bishop, math teacher at Schley County Middle-High School.

Four teachers and a stay-at-home mom, in one car, heading toward one destination: Victory in Pasadena.


The group of new friends, brought together by an acquaintance, loaded into a van on a last-minute trip across the country to attend the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., wherethe Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

The group includes two Blue Ridge Elementary School teachers, Lynn Aldridge Carswell and Shannon Barnes Mann. Also along for the ride are Jolene Bryant, of Evans; Robyn Littlefield McCann, an elementary school teacher at Callaway Elementary School in Troup County; and math teacher Graylen Bishop out of Schley County.

The group left Georgia at 5:30 a.m. Dec. 28 and blazed a trail of Bulldog pride across the country, sharing each stop on social media.

In Arizona, they stopped at the famous corner in Winslow, Ariz., commemorating a song by the Eagles. The flatbed Ford mentioned in the song just happened to be red, so the group placed a Georgia logo magnet on the side of the truck that sits at the corner and took a photo.

They also stopped at the University of Oklahoma stadium and took photos while wearing their Bulldogs gear.

A Facebook Live video on Carswell’s Facebook page shows the van crossing into California while playing Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation.

The group said social media has allowed them to bring their friends and family along with them, even putting out poll questions for followers to respond to.

It’s a journey they said they never expected to make, and they can’t believe the response it has garnered.

“Everybody who left our school, before we left for Christmas break, they thought Lynn and I were crazy to even attempt this, and now they’re all wishing they were with us,” Mann said.

The group arrived in California on Saturday evening and plan to attend the tailgating event at the Santa Monica Pier today and the big game Monday.

Rose Bowl Bound

Follow the group’s journey on Lynn Aldridge Carswell’s Facebook Page or on Twitter at @robinmccann01.



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