Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 153 miles down and 1,646 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday and five miles
on Friday. So far, I’ve logged 153 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount
Doom, and I’ve got 1,646 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all,
I’ve completed about 8.5 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the ninth day of his trip. I left off on my
last update on Day 8 at Mile 143, after Frodo’s group, which now includes
Strider (Aragorn), has left Bree on the East Road and has headed north into
Chetwood. Four miles later, at Mile 147, the group camps in Chetwood, east of
next day, Day 9, which is Oct. 1 on the Middle Earth calendar, the group
continues east as the group continues to drop slowly. This stretch of the
journey is quiet and peaceful. I cover six more miles up to Mile 153, which is
10 miles short of the next checkpoint, where the group camps in eastern
Chetwood at the end of Day 9.
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
folks 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 very 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.