Thursday, May 16, 2013
I'm going to play a game with myself. It's called "Let's walk to Mordor and back" and it's based on the calculations of people with far too much time on their hands and far too much geek cred for their own good.
This is a great site that has mileage and milestones all the way from Bag-End to Mordor and back, even including a side quest to the Gray Havens. And this is my new walking goal. My first stage is to get to Rivendel by September (in time to wish Bilbo a happy birthday, of course) which is calculated out at 458 miles. I am giving myself 15 weeks to do it, which averages out to just over 4 1/3 miles per day, or a little over 30 miles per week.
Because I'm lucky enough to both live in the beautiful state of Washington, and have access to marvelous trail systems both at work and at home, I'm also going to be doing a photo journal, one picture per day somewhere along my walking path, and document my own little "Middle-Earth" as I go. And, occasionally, I'll be taking a page from the milestones and doing something that fits in with the locations I've reached, such as enjoying some mushrooms at Farmer Maggots or having a pint of ale at the Prancing Pony. (Or maybe laying out naked on the grass in the sun? woo!)
I'll be updating my journal weekly with mileage, milestones, and (clean!) pictures. I'm already very excited for this, and planning new walks and hiking trails I can try!
The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began...