Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, May 22, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 173 miles down and 1,626 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging eight
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Saturday and
three miles on Monday. So far, I’ve logged 173 total miles on this virtual trip
to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,626 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All
in all, I’ve completed about 9.6 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the tenth day of his trip, which is Oct. 2
on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 10, at Mile
165, which is where Frodo’s group came out of the Chetwood. Eight miles later,
at Mile 173, the ground begins to become damp as Frodo’s group enters the
western edge of the Midgewater Marshes.
next significant milestone will come six miles later, at Mile 179, when the
group will camp in the western part of the Marshes at the end of Day 10.
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.