Friday, September 25, 2015

'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 351 miles down and 1,448 miles to go

Map showing the "Last Bridge" and Loudwater River.

I continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Tuesday, three more on Thursday and four more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 351 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,448 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 19.5 percent of the total trip.


In relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m still on the twentieth day of his trip, which is Oct. 12 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update at Mile 341, which was five miles from the start of Day 20. Since then, I’ve covered 10 more miles.


In all, Frodo’s group covers 19 miles on Day 20 and the next significant milestone comes four miles later, at Mile 355, when the group camps at the end of the day not far southwest of The Last Bridge. The group camp’s high enough that Merry can see the Loudwater River far in the distance.


For 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 total mileage.


The 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.


If you’re interested in learning more about the “Walk to Mordor Challenge,” I suggest you check out two Web sites, and Both of these sites provide a ton of details about the challenge, including how to get started.


In 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.

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