Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, May 15, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 165 miles down and 1,634 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging only
three more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Wednesday
and didn’t get any more mileage in due to a number of reasons – mainly bad
weather and schedule conflicts. So far, I’ve logged 165 total miles on this
virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,634 more miles to go before I reach
Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 9.1 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the tenth day of his trip. I left off on my
last update on Day 9 at Mile 162 with one more mile to go before Frodo’s group
ended Day 9 by camping in the eastern Chetwood. On Wednesday, I not only passed
that milestone, but also logged two more additional miles. Those miles put me
into Day 10, which is Oct. 2 on the Middle Earth calendar.
Mile 165, Frodo’s group came out of the Chetwood. The next significant
milestone will come eight miles later, at Mile 173, when the group will enter
the western edge of the Midgewater Marshes.
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.