Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 29, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 797 miles down and 1,002 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 14 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday, five miles on
Wednesday and four more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 797 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,002 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 44.3 percent of the
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the 21st day of the trip past Rivendell,
which is Jan. 13 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 783, which was where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the Ring, reached a
barren country of red stones. Five miles later, at Mile 788, the group reaches
the Sirannon around 11 a.m.
group finds this stream dry, so they head east on a path along the stream. Two
miles later, at Mile 790, the path lies in a deep trough, and it’s a rough,
winding track. Two miles later, at Mile 792, the group stops to eat quickly,
around 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
and a half miles later, at Mile 796.5, the group reaches the Fall of the
Sirannon. Frodo, Gimli and Gandalf climb the stairs to the upland valley and
return. A half mile later, at Mile 797, the group climbs a curving road to the
upland valley and find it mostly filled with a lake. The next significant milestone
comes three-tenths of a mile later, a Mile 797.3, where the group wads through
a stream at the north end of this lake.
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 14 miles this week and 339 miles since the start of the
calendar year. This Friday was the 31st 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 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.