I did everything up to Goldenrod, basically. Onix soloed Bugsy and beat Falkner, but Chikorita evolved and became powerful too.
The trainers along Route 32 - Route 34 were given a good hiding by Bayleef who had learned Headbutt. The first thing I did upon reaching Goldenrod...I dashed to Route 35 and caught a NidoranM and a Yanma after very little searching. Quirky and Mild natures respectively.
After 3 days, I got 12,500 coins for Ice Beam...but I thought Swords Dance was 2,500 not 4,000...
I traded the two team members over to Platinum for some training.