Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, August 5, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 807 miles down and 992 miles to go
Gates of Moria
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 more
miles yesterday (Thursday). So far, I’ve logged 807 total miles on this virtual
trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 992 more miles to go before I reach Mordor.
All in all, I’ve completed about 44.9 percent of the total trip.
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 797, which was where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the Ring, climbed a
curving road to the upland valley and found it mostly filled with a lake.
Three-tenths of a mile later, the group waded through a stream at the north end
of this lake.
of a mile later, the group reached the Doors of Moria, at around 6 p.m. on Jan.
13, and released Bill the Donkey. The group then spends about half an hour at
the gate, seeking the password. During this time, they are attacked by the “Watcher
in the Water.”
around 7 p.m., the group enters Moria and stops just inside the entrance to eat
and rest briefly. Three miles later, around Mile 801, Frodo begins to hear Gollum’s
pattering footsteps. Three miles later, around Mile 804, the group halts
briefly to decide which path to take. I’ve covered three miles beyond this
point, and the next significant milestone comes one mile later, at Mile 808,
which is where the group has to jump a narrow fissure.
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 349 miles since the start of the
calendar year. This Friday was the 32nd 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.