Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 15, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 773 miles down and 1,026 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 773 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,026 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 43.0 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 758, which was four miles from where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the
Ring, turned west, away from the path they took up to Redhorn Pass. Ten miles
later, the group turned more southwest around the foothills of the Silvertine.
covered five miles beyond this point, and the next significant milestone comes
five miles later, at Mile 778, which is where the group stops around 6 p.m. to
eat, camp and debate their next move at the end of Jan. 12.
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 315 miles since the start of the
calendar year. Today was the 29th Friday of the calendar year, so I’ve covered
an average of 10.9 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.