Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 17, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 263 miles down and 1,536 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging six
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Monday and more
three miles on Wednesday. So far, I’ve logged 263 total miles on this virtual
trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,536 more miles to go before I reach Mordor.
All in all, I’ve completed about 14.6 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the sixteenth day of his trip, which is
Oct. 8 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 15, at
Mile 257, which was three miles from the point where Frodo’s group camps in a
thicket at the end of Day 15. I passed that point on Monday and began Day 16 on
covered three of the 19 miles that Frodo’s group travels on Day 16, so I’ve got
16 more to go before the next significant milestone, Mile 279, that is, the end
of Day 16.
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.