Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 884 miles down and 915 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 20 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday, five miles on
Monday, five miles on Wednesday and five more miles yesterday (Friday). So far,
I’ve logged 884 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 915
more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 49.1
percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the 24th day of the trip past Rivendell,
which is Jan. 16 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 864, which was three miles from where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the
Ring, crossed the Silverlode River. The group has been blindfolded by the elves
of Lothlorien, but Frodo notices that the path is smooth. Despite being
blindfolded, he can smell the trees and grass.
miles later, at Mile 881, the group passes through an open glade. I’ve covered
three miles beyond this point, taking me to Mile 884. The next significant
milestone comes four miles later, at Mile 888, where the group, still
blindfolded, camps at the end of Day 24.
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 20 miles this week and 426 miles since the start of the
calendar year. Yesterday was the 37th Friday of the calendar year, so I’ve covered
an average of 11.5 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 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.