Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, May 27, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 677 miles down and 1,122 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 20 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked four miles on Tuesday, five miles
on Wednesday, five miles on Thursday and six miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve
logged 677 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,122
more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 37.6
percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fifteenth night of the trip past
Rivendell, which is the night of Jan. 7-Jan. 8 on the Middle Earth calendar. I
left off my last update on Mile 657, which was three miles from where Frodo’s
group, the Fellowship of the Ring, was to camp during the daylight hours of
Jan. 6. I passed that point, Mile 660, on Tuesday and eight miles later, at
Mile 668, made it to where the land began to drop steeply as the group traveled
southeast into a valley.
miles later, at Mile 675, the group crossed a small stream and camped during
the daylight hours of Jan. 7. I’ve covered two miles past that point and the
next significant milestone comes one mile later, at Mile 676, when the group
begins to see the Mountains of Moria in the distance. The weather here also
becomes warmer and sunnier, but its eerily quiet.
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 20 miles this week and 219 miles since the start of the
calendar year. Today is the 22nd Friday of the calendar year, so I’ve covered
an average of 9.95 miles per week up to this point.
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.
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.