Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, February 5, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 504 miles down and 1,295 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday and five more
miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 504 total miles on this virtual trip
to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,295 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in
all, I’ve completed about 28.0 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the third night of the trip past Rivendell,
which is the night of Dec. 27-Dec. 28 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off
my last update on Mile 494, which was one mile short of Mile 495, where the
group camped in a hollow during the daylight hours of Dec. 27. I passed this
point on Sunday.
miles later, I reached Mile 504, where the group crested the top of a hill and
spots a snowcapped peak to the east. The next significant milestone comes six
miles later, at Mile 510, where the group camps during the day on Dec. 28.
far, I’m on track to travel the 462 miles from Rivendell to Lothlorien, which
is the forest realm of the Elves, between Rivendell and Mordor, within the 2016
calendar year. To pull this off in a year’s time, I’ve got to travel at least
8.9 miles per week, that is, a little more than a mile a day. So far, so good,
since I covered a total of 10 miles this week and 46 miles since the start of
the calendar year.
those of you reading this for the first time, I began this “Walk to Mordor”
fitness challenge on Jan. 1, 2015. 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.
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.