Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 10, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 257 miles down and 1,542 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 15 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles Saturday, four miles on
Monday, three miles on Wednesday and three miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve
logged 257 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,542
more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 14.3
percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m still on the fifteenth day of his trip, which
is Oct. 7 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 15,
at Mile 242, which was one mile beyond where Frodo’s group started the day, the
first from Weathertop. Nine miles later, Frodo’s group crossed the Great East
Road and entered the thickets on the south side of the road. At that point, the
land begins to slope south.
logged six more miles since this point, and I’ve got three more to go before
Frodo’s group camps in a thicket at the end of Day 15. In all, the group covers
19 miles on Day 15.
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.