Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, March 27, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 108 miles down and 1,691 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past two weeks by logging
four more miles since my last update. (I had major surgery on March 5, which
has really slowed my roll on this project, but I’m getting back into the swing
of things now.) I walked one mile on Tuesday and walked/jogged three more miles
earlier today. So far, I’ve logged 108 total miles on this virtual trip to
Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,691 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in
all, I’ve completed about six percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m still only on the sixth day of his trip. I
left off on my last update at Mile 104, on Day 6 (Sept. 28), as Frodo’s group
left Tom Bombadil’s house and climbed a zig-zag path to the brow of a hill on
the west side of Barrow-downs. They reach the top of the hill around 9 a.m.
Frodo’s group travels 14 miles before noon, and I’ve only covered 10 miles of
that distance. I’ve got four more to go before reaching the next significant
point on the journey.
those of you reading this for the first time, I began this “Walk to Mordor” fitness
challenge on Jan. 1. Using a book called “The Atlas of Middle-Earth” by Karen
Wynn Fonstad, fans of “The Lord of the Rings” created this challenge by mapping
out Frodo’s fictional trek to Mordor, calculating the total distance at 1,799
miles. They also used the original "Lord of the Rings" text to
outline the journey, so you can follow their route by keeping up with your
who worked out the nuts and bolts of this virtual journey have divided it into
four parts. It’s 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell, 462 miles from Rivendell
through Moria to Lothlorien, 389 miles from Lothlorien down the Anduin to
Rauros Falls and 470 miles from Rauros to Mount Doom. (Those locations should
sound familiar to “Lord of the Rings” fans.) The hobbits averaged 18 miles a
day, but if you walk (or jog, as I sometimes do) five miles a day, it’s
possible to cover 1,799 miles in a year.