Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 299 miles down and 1,500 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging nine
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Sunday, three
more on Tuesday and three more miles today (Saturday). So far, I’ve logged 299
total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,500 more miles
to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 16.6 percent of
the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the seventeenth day of his trip, which is
Oct. 9 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update at Mile 290,
which was 11 miles from where Frodo’s group camped on Day 16. Eight miles
later, at Mile 298, I passed where the group camped and began following a wide,
shallow, curving valley.
covered one additional mile past that point, which puts me into Day 18. Frodo’s
group covers 19 total miles on that day, which is the fourth from Weathertop.
The next significant milestone comes at Mile 317, where the group camps before
continuing to travel along the valley.
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.