Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 8, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 758 miles down and 1,041 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 15 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday, five miles on
Wednesday and five more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 758 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,041 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 42.1 percent of the
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the 20th day of the trip past Rivendell,
which is Jan. 12 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 743, which was one mile from the point where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship
of the Ring, camped during the daylight hours of Jan. 11. The group left the
camp at dusk, around 5 p.m.
miles later, they found the pat fairly smooth, and they made good time. Two
miles from that point, the path became more steep and was dotted with fallen
stones. Two miles from there, the path began to climb a sharp slope with a
cliff on the left and a drop-off on the right. At this point, it also begins to
snow as the group reaches a “shelf” at the top of the slope.
mile later, the snow begins to fall more quickly, and half a mile later, the
group stops briefly. The wind slackens and the snow lessens, so they start the
journey again around 8 p.m.
a mile later, they reach the Redhorn Pass. The snow becomes even heavier, and
the wind howls. The group decides they can go no further, so they all huddle
against the south-facing cliff and some get behind Bill the Pony. They also
build a fire and remain at this point until dawn on Jan. 12.
12 begins with Aragorn and Boromir starting back down the path, plowing through
the snow. The group follows and half a mile later they reach a great drift of
snow as the clouds begin to break. Another half mile later, they find the snow getting
steadily more shallow.
mile later, the group finds itself back on the shelf of stone where there’s no
more snow. At this point, it’s around 10:30 a.m. Two miles later, the group
turns west, away from the path they took up to the Pass and the Crebain return.
covered four mile past this point, and the next significant milestone comes 10
miles later, at Mile 768, where the group will turn more southwest around the
foothills of the Silvertine.
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 15 miles this week and 300 miles since the start of the
calendar year. Today was the 28th Friday of the calendar year, so I’ve covered
an average of 10.7 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.