Friday, March 17, 2017

'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 1,154 miles down and 645 miles to go

I continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Saturday, three more miles Wednesday and four more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 1,154 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 645 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 64.1 percent of the total trip.


In relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fifth day of the trip past Lothlorien, which is Feb. 20 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on Mile 1144, which was two miles past where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the Ring, reached the north edge of the western South Undeep.


Six miles later, at Mile 1150, the group reached the steep north face of the south downs, an inner ridge that is hidden in the dark. I’ve traveled four miles past this point, to Mile 1154, and the next significant milestone comes one mile later, at Mile 1154, when the group will stop and camp during the daylight hours of Feb. 21. At this point, there are downs on both sides of the river.


For 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.


The 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.


If you’re interested in learning more about the “Walk to Mordor Challenge,” I suggest you check out two Web sites, and Both of these sites provide a ton of details about the challenge, including how to get started.


In 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 10 more miles next week, and I’ll include all that in my update next week.

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