Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, February 19, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 522 miles down and 1,277 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging eight
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday and three
more miles on Wednesday. So far, I’ve logged 522 total miles on this virtual
trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,277 more miles to go before I reach Mordor.
All in all, I’ve completed about 29.0 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fourth night of the trip past Rivendell,
which is the night of Dec. 28-Dec. 29 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off
my last update on Mile 514, which was four miles into this night of the
journey. Two miles later, at Mile 516, the group reached a small stream and
began following it west.
miles later, at Mile 516, the group left the streambed, and I’ve covered four
miles passed that point. The next significant milestone comes three miles
later, at Mile 519, where the paths become few and winding and the group camps
during the day of Dec. 29.
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 eight miles this week and 64 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.