Hokay. So! I checked out the Relic Passage this morning. Didn't find much worth mentioning, but I did catch Volcarona in one Poke Ball. Yays, I guess?
From there, I went through Chargestone Cave and made my way to Mistralton City. Fun times ahead. I met Professor Juniper for the first time, and followed her to Celestial Tower while she did some research there. She gave me a Lucky Egg, which I immediately put to use. Protip: Pokefan Jude is an Evasion noob, especially towards Vibravas. Don't know why I didn't get rid of Dig and kept Bulldoze. I mean, if Oracle can make do with Force Palm, why can't Mystique do the same with Bulldoze?! Because she's a Vibrava, and she needs all the damn power she can get. ****.
Anyway, Skyla was relatively easy. I tried sending out Mystique against Swoobat, but Acrobatics nearly killed her, which was fine with me, as I had only sent her out to level her up. Dash and Zen did all the work from there. With Jet Badge in hand, Skyla invited me and Juniper on a plane ride to Lentimas Town (Bianca tagged along too). I stayed just long enough to free up a space in my party, as I was out to catch my final team member: Skarmory. I ended up with an Impish level 38 beauty of a female, who I named Titania let's see how many people get that reference).
From there, I checked out the Strange House and got a Lunar Wing, which serves no purpose to me as of yet. Soon enough, though. Soon enough. Reverse Mountain was kind of a chore, given I didn't know where to go or where all the Trainers were, but I figured it out. Most recently, I explored Route 14 and am currently saved in Undella Town. I might even stay a day and enjoy the beach.
Please stop complaining about Pikachu losing to "weak" Pokemon at the start of each new region. Its power is drained at the start of each new region, and anyway, it's equally bad storytelling for Pikachu to plow through all of its opponents.