Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, June 17, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 721 miles down and 1,078 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday and five miles
on Wednesday. I intended to get in five more miles today, but bad weather kept
me indoors. So far, I’ve logged 721 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount
Doom, and I’ve got 1,078 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all,
I’ve completed about 40.1 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m still on the seventeenth night of the trip
past Rivendell, which is the night of Jan. 9-Jan. 10 on the Middle Earth
calendar. I left off my last update on Mile 711, which was one mile from the
start of the night’s journey. One mile later, at Mile 712, the road began to
climb as it wound into the hills. At this point, the mountains began to draw
covered nine miles since that point, and the next significant milestone comes
four miles later, at Mile 725, when Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the Ring,
camps during the day of Jan. 10.
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 263 miles since the start of the
calendar year. Today is the 25th Friday of the calendar year, so I’ve covered
an average of 10.5 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
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.