Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, May 29, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 186 miles down and 1,613 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 13 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Saturday, five miles
on Sunday and three miles yesterday (Thursday). So far, I’ve logged 186 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,613 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 10.3 percent of the
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the eleventh day of his trip, which is Oct.
3 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 10, at Mile
173, which is where Frodo’s group enters the western edge of the Midgewater
Marshes. Six miles later, at Mile 179, at the end of Day 10, the group ends the
day by camping in the western part of the Marshes.
far, from the start of Day 11, I’ve covered seven miles and have got eight more
to go before I reach the next significant mile stone. The next significant
milestone will come at Mile 194, when the group will camp in the eastern part
of the Marshes at the end of Day 11. From there, Frodo and Aragorn will see
flashes of light in the east during the night, which is actually Gandalf on
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.