Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, March 11, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 561 miles down and 1,238 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 13 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday, three more
miles on Wednesday and five miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 561 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,238 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 31.2 percent of the
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the seventh night of the trip past Rivendell,
which is the night of 1 Yule-2 Yule on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my
last update on Mile 548, which was seven miles from the end of Night 6. At that
point, the Fellowship is following a path that comes to a steep drop off, and
they go along the cliff-top for a while.
miles later, at Mile 555, the group sets up came and sleeps throughout the day,
which is 1 Yule on the calendar. The group sets out again on the night of Night
7 and five miles later, at Mile 560, the group crosses a small stream. I’ve
covered one mile beyond that point, and the next significant mile stone comes
10 miles later at Mile 571, when the group camps at the end of Night 7.
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 13 miles this week and 103 miles since the start of the
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.