Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, September 11, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 332 miles down and 1,467 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 Saturday, three
more on Wednesday and three more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 332
total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,467 more miles
to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 18.5 percent of
the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the nineteenth day of his trip, which is
Oct. 11 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update at Mile 323,
which was six miles from the start of Day 19. In all, Frodo’s group covers a
total of 19 total miles on Day 19, which is the fifth from Weathertop.
far on Day 19, I’ve covered 15 of those 19 miles. During Day 19, Frodo’s group
continues traveling down the valley as the land begins to rise and a huddle of
hills comes into view ahead. The next significant milestone comes at Mile 336, that
is the end of Day 19.
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.
the end, check back next Friday for another update and to see how much closer I
am to Mordor. I hope to knock out at least nine more miles next week, and I’ll
include all that in my update next week.