Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, November 13, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 396 miles down and 1,403 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging three
more miles since my last update. Due to bad weather and schedule conflicts all
week, I only walked/jogged just three miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged
396 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,403 more
miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 22.0
percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m still 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 393,
which is where Frodo’s group finds the Stone Trolls, rests and Sam recites the
“Old Troll.” From that point, I’ve logged three more miles and the next
significant milestone comes at Mile 400, where the group returns to The Road.
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.