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Friday, October 30, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 387 miles down and 1,412 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 Wednesday and
three more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 387 total miles on this
virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,412 more miles to go before I reach
Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 21.5 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the 25th day of his trip, which is Oct. 18
on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Mile 381, which
was one mile after the start of Day 24 (Oct. 17). In all, Frodo’s group covers
six total miles on Day 24, so I was five miles from the end of this day, which
was the 11th day from Weathertop.
Day 24, the rain stops and Strider scouts around for the best route, with an
eye out for bad guys. The group gets a late start and then turns southeast,
scrambling over rocky ground for part of the trip. They eventually find their
way into a valley, but it ends in a high ridge.
group climbs the ridge and camps in a saddle at the top at Mile 386. It’s cold,
so they build a fire under a gnarled pine tree. On the following day, I cover
one additional mile, finishing up the week at Mile 387. It’s at this point that
the slope beyond the ridge becomes much easier for travel.
25 is a bright, fair day, and it’s around Mile 387 that Strider briefly sees
the Loudwater/Bruinen in the distance. The next significant milestone comes two
miles later, at Mile 389, when the group stumbles upon a trail.
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.