Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, October 14, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 942 miles down and 857 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging eight
more miles since my last update. I jogged/walked three miles on Saturday and
five more miles on Wednesday. So far, I’ve logged 942 total miles on this
virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 857 more miles to go before I reach
Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 52.4 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the first day of the trip past Lothlorien,
which is Feb. 16 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 934, which was where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the Ring, are
drifting down the Silverlode River, sweep around the bend and the high banks
hide the light of Lorien.
covered eight miles past this point. The next significant milestone comes two
miles later where the group enters a portion of the river with bare woods on
both banks. The land is silent and misty, and dusk comes early.
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.