SparkPeople A Walk to Rivendell Team Messageboard Inspired by Middle Earth, Lord of the Rings & the AEowyn's Challenge website; this is our first mini-goal to well-being ... 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell. Join us on this Journey! SparkPeople A Walk to Rivendell Team Messageboard October 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned Learning to live within the choices <BR> that are necessary to take at this time ... <BR> <BR> see you along the journey. <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:43:30 EST September 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned <em>436</em> <em>134</em> <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> I am easily side-tracked while possessing good intentions; <BR> let's see what can be accomplished this month. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:40:58 EST August 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned I choose to give up <BR> that which holds me back ... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> welcome to August. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:36:37 EST July 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned I got sick back about the middle of June with some a viral infection that knocked me out of work for a while. I am feeling better, but these kinds of things quite frequently land in my lungs, which affects my ability to breathe deeply, or sometimes even talk, without coughing. I'm probably 90% better, but I still get winded with physical exertion some time, so my walking has slowed down. <BR> <BR> However...all that aside...last week I decided to re-set my goal of walking a mile a day, an... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:16:30 EST I Love to Walk Hi my name is Lisa/Tkrystina &amp; I love to walk. I have walked so much these past 3.5 months that I have lost almost 20 lbs. Being able to walk to a virtual location sounds wonderful. Not just walking around town to the places I normally go. I hope that it keeps inspiring me for a long time to come. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:17:36 EST June 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned <BR> My goal is continue forth on this journey &amp; hopefully by summer's end will have completed what I had originally deemed a simple 458 mile walk; which has now gone on for a decade now -- I still remember when first I signed on with my sister with the original site; we were so excited, and then, well, not too sure what happened ... but I never gave up &amp; I guess that's the main objective therein. <BR> <BR> I will see this through <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2016 22:03:14 EST May 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>321</em> <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 02:24:00 EST April 2016 ~ Goals & Lessons Learned My goals for April are to: <BR> <BR> 1. Maintain my current weight loss. <BR> 2. Meet my daily Fitbit step and distance goals the majority of the time. Out of curiosity, I also activated the goal to get in at least 250 steps per hour for every hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. It will be interesting to see whether or not I can be mindful enough of the time to actually do that, as they don't have a "reminder" that works for my Flex. <BR> 3. Continue meditating daily. <BR> 4. Make a decisio... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 04:05:06 EST Hello! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just started the Walk to Rivendell Challenge. I've traveled 26 miles in the last 3 days by walking and biking. It's about 12 miles by the team figuring. :) <BR> <BR> You have walked 12 miles. <BR> You have passed Last View of Hobbiton. <BR> It is 6 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 446 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> As they began to climb its first slopes they looked back and saw the lamps in Hobbiton far off twinkling in the gentle valley of the Water. So... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:19:38 EST March 2016 Goals and Lessons Learned <BR> For me <em>2</em> , it would seem, I still fall into the same traps; <BR> which I'm admitting to ... that being, starting out &amp; then standing still -- Hmmm. <BR> <BR> So, I guess, I can stick with this pattern that is definitely not working for me <em>24</em> <BR> or do the obvious, get to work on changing this negligent behavior of mine <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> That is definitely the best idea <em>3</em> and now for the follow-thru <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Ma... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 01:54:28 EST February 2016 Walk <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <em>219</em> <em>129</em> <em>125</em> <em>88</em> <em>26</em> <em>87</em> <em>148</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where are you along this journey of ours <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>146</em> <em>219</em> <em>129</em> <em>125</em> <em>88</em> <em>26</em> <em>87</em> <em>148</em> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:29:47 EST February 2016 Goals & Lessons Learned <em>524</em> all <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to make sure this subject was up; <BR> so you'd be able to share yours ... <BR> <BR> I will be back later today to update everyone on <BR> my personal goals &amp; lessons learned ... <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:25:50 EST Question about Team Goals I just noticed that we have a second team goal now ~ to walk at least 5 miles per week. Great idea! <BR> <BR> My question is ~ how do I track that once I've "joined" the goal? On the first team goal, it appeared on the page called "Other Goals" under the "My Trackers" tab, and I checked it off each day I walked a mile. But for the new goal, instead of getting the little boxes to check off on, I get the message "Track Above in Special Goals." Except...there it does not appear there, nor ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 08:26:06 EST January 2016 Goals Lessons learned would include that of finding busy work throughout the day does not in any way equal that of intentional exercise; which is extremely important to me &amp; it got lost due to my unable to figure out where to place myself in the midst of so much change (i.e. siblings &amp; their plus one's moving back in for a bit for support, etc.) -- this is fine, needful &amp; not anyone's fault but my own of discerning time within the day for me; not uncommon for most people. <BR> <BR> Go... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 01:46:55 EST January 2016 Walk <BR> Well looks like I got a bit lost in the forest &amp; stayed in it throughout the holiday season; <BR> it would seem, upon reflection, I allow the day to get away from me ... but no more ... <BR> <BR> Today is the day, okay the one upon waking, to head forth out of this forest &amp; see my way to fulfilling this quest -- I vow to incorporate myself in the list of those to do well for each day. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your continued encouragement, camaraderie &amp; most importantly ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:39:01 EST December 2015 Goals I have to admit that November was not a stellar month for me. I give myself credit for hosting a large family Thanksgiving, with all the cooking, cleaning, and prepwork involved in that, but I found out quickly that I can do a lot of work that does not translate into Fitbit steps. Nor did all my work generate "active minutes" on my Fitbit because there weren't enough consecutive minutes involving forward momentum to count. So that was a little demoralizing, but I tracked a small number of ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 10:12:58 EST December 2015 Walk <em>460</em> <em>500</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>501</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> The final month of 2015 is already here with it's own set of unique celebrations therein -- <BR> <BR> honestly, though ... where did the time go?! <BR> <BR> This is a perfect time to get our daily walk in; not only for fitness, but also reflection -- <BR> <BR> let's head forth with continued encouragement for self &amp; team <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> <em>68</em> ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 02:00:05 EST November 2015 Personal Goals & Lessons Learned <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> With this new month, I thought we could see what personal goals we may have; <BR> as well as, lessons learned from the previous month ... <BR> <BR> <BR> For myself, well -- <BR> <BR> I learned plans are nice, but sometimes inefficient; helpful for direction &amp; work the best we can within them ... as events may change along the way. <BR> <BR> Personal goa... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:49:53 EST November 2015 Walk <BR> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new month is now upon us, once more, with new celebration(s) &amp; joy(s)! <BR> <BR> I'm ready to get in more walking! How about you ... of course, you are <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>295</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>295</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 01:37:16 EST Oct. 8, 2015 <BR> Do you have a favorite character/scene/sentence/ambiance within the stories, that you keep going to? Is there one which holds a special feeling/meaning for you? Do any of these change? <BR> <BR> Answer in any way you feel expresses what you're trying to get across. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Beautiful Day/Weekend! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:02:09 EST Barrows-Down Link -- Put in Miles, Get Description <BR> <link><BR>php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy seeing where you are along your journey! <BR> <BR> Also "copy & paste" into the appropriate Month's Walk log; <BR> so we can all cheer one another along. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 01:43:58 EST October 1, 2015 <BR> How do you go about counting your miles? <BR> <BR> Intentional Exercise <BR> Overall Daily Walking <BR> Everyday Activities <BR> Pedometer <BR> <BR> <BR> This is your journey; so I was curious as to how you get your daily #'s. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 03:39:02 EST Daily Chat 2015 -- Hearts, Minds & Steps Combined <BR> <em>235</em> & <em>523</em> Everyone <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am completely looking forward to our time & journey together. <BR> <BR> There has been a lot of changes within this group; the one constant is our strive towards healthy living & having some fun along the way. <BR> <BR> For me, that's the fun of this group, the fact that the books/movies (depending on preference/interest level) mirror life with decisions/choices therein. <BR> <BR> So ... <BR> <BR> hi there, ... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 03:28:50 EST October 2015 Walk <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it's a new month? Season? <BR> <BR> Ready to get more walking in <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>138</em> <em>244</em> <em>138</em> <em>244</em> <em>138</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:34:20 EST October 2015 Goals <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Can you believe it's already a new month? Season? <BR> <BR> Personal Goals for Myself: <BR> <BR> Commitment <BR> Consistent <BR> & to Conquer <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep, this is how I think <em>334</em> <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:29:58 EST September 2015 Goals My goals for the month of September are ~ <BR> <BR> 1. Recover from injured back and then...Walk 1 mile per day. <BR> 2. Log into SparkPeople every day. <BR> 3. Dentist appointment on September 11. <BR> 4. Doctor's appointment on September 18. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:14:32 EST September 2015 Walk You have walked 1030.77 miles. <BR> You have passed The Field of Celebrant. <BR> It is 6.23 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 283.23 miles to reach Parth Galen. <BR> <BR> 'Thus he came to the battle of the Field of Celebrant, for that was the name of the green land that lay between Silverlode and Limlight. There the northern army of Gondor was in peril. Defeated in the Wold and cut off from the south, it had been driven across the Limlight, and was then suddenly assailed by the Orc-h... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:07:23 EST July 2014 walk Well, I walked today--in water. Water jogging. My Spark Tracker gave me credit for almost 5 miles in that hour. I was moving right along, but I think that's a little generous! I think I'll call it 3. <BR> <BR> July 1 - 3 miles Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:02:51 EST June 2014 walk Well, there isn't much activity here, but I still want to try and keep this going, so her's the June walk topic. <BR> <BR> I started the month well: 4 miles yesterday. That puts me 254 miles along the road to Rivendell. Weathertop is slowly disappearing from our view. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:15:44 EST Anyone else still out there? I hope that I am not alone on the walk now! Anyone else still walking? Wed, 21 May 2014 13:03:10 EST May 2014 walk 8 miles so far this month <BR> <BR> You have walked 376 miles. <BR> You have passed Final camp in the Trollshaws. <BR> It is 8 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 82 miles to reach Rivendell <BR> <BR> If they went on, down the further side of the ridge, they would have the Mountains on their left. Some way ahead Strider had caught a glimpse of the Loudwater again, and he knew that, though it was hidden from view, the Road to the Ford was not far from the River and lay on the side nea... Sun, 4 May 2014 12:48:34 EST April 2014 Walk 6 miles so far this month. <BR> <BR> You have walked 332.5 miles. <BR> You have passed Still south of the Road. <BR> It is 9.5 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 125.5 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> At the end of the fifth day the ground began once more to rise slowly out of the wide shallow valley into which they had descended. Strider now turned their course again north-eastwards, and on the sixth day they reached the top of a long slow-climbing slope, and saw far ahead a hud... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:42:47 EST March 2014 Walk Record your March miles here and let us know where you are on the road! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:53:39 EST February 2014 Walk Welcome to February! Keep walking! <em>295</em> <em>256</em> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 01:49:23 EST January walk Welcome to January! It's a little like climbing to the pass of Caradhras right now here. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:53:50 EST December 2013 - finishing the year strong! Wow, the first post for the last month of 2013! I walked 6 miles this morning, putting me 125 miles along the road to the Gray Havens. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:26:25 EST November goals - One month until The Hobbit! We are just 4 weeks away from the second installment of The Hobbit! Who else is excited?! <BR> <BR> In celebration of that momentous event, a small challenge. Bilbo Baggins had to face new challenges and stretch himself in order to face down the dragon, so this month's challenge it to try something new: a new exercise, a new recipe, a new hobby. It's awesome if that something new is something you've thought about trying but haven't gotten up the courage yet, but it can also just be something... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:29:19 EST Why do we walk? This is a place to talk about what the journey means to you and why you choose to walk (or run, or swim, or bike, or roller skate--there is no single way to make the journey). <BR> <BR> I've been on the road for a lot of years now, and have racked up almost 9,000 miles. But my reasons for being on the journey, and staying on the journey, have evolved as those miles have gone by. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, this year has been really, really hard. So many crises have occurred that, really,... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:34:13 EST November 2013 - a time for gratitude Here we are in November already! Can you believe it? This month, let's use this topic not only to report our miles, but also to talk about the things for which we are grateful. <BR> <BR> I am, first of all, grateful that my dear hubby was wise back in January and took himself to the hospital for that funny pressure in his chest. If he had ignored it, I would not have him here today. <BR> <BR> Mileage, wise, I have decided to start for the Gray Havens, and hope to make it there by the end of... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:55:55 EST October 2013 Vendui i'ler! Aa' menle nauva calen ar' ta hwesta e' ale'quenle <BR> (Hi Ya'll! May thy paths be green and the breeze on thy back) <BR> <BR> You have walked 1250 miles. <BR> You have passed Sarn Gebir: Above the rapids. <BR> It is 12 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 64 miles to reach Parth Galen. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <BR> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:39:14 EST Taking up the reigns At JJARAMILO's request, I have become a new leader of the Walk to Rivendell group. I feel like I am attempting to fill very big shoes, since she has done such an excellent job! But I know that she is ready to step down, so I will carry the ring for a while. <BR> <BR> As anyone who has read my blog knows, I am going through some pretty big upheavals in life. I will be happy to have all the help I can get in keeping the walk moving ever on, so don't hesitate to jump in with topics, ideas, chal... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:16:12 EST September 2013 ~ Personal Goals His sword he hung over the mantelpiece. <BR> His coat of mail was arranged on a stand in the hall (until he lent it to a Museum) <BR> His gold and silver was largely spent in presents, both useful and extravagant - <BR> which to a certain extent accounts for the affection of his nephews and his nieces. <BR> His magic ring he kept a great secret, for he chiefly used it when unpleasant callers came! Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:38:23 EST September 2013 ~ Roads Goes Ever On Roads go ever ever on, <BR> Over rock and under tree, <BR> By caves where never sun has shone, <BR> By streams that never find the sea: <BR> Over snow by winter sown, <BR> And through the merry flowers of June, <BR> Over grass and over stone, <BR> And under mountains in the moon. <BR> <BR> Roads go ever ever on <BR> Under cloud and under star, <BR> Yet feet that wandering have gone <BR> Turn at last to home afar, <BR> Eyes that fire and sword have seen <BR> And horror in the halls of stone <... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:36:24 EST August 2013 ~ Personal Goals This month my goal is to simply try to walk purposefully every day for at least 10 minutes. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:53:57 EST August 2013 We’re up to 42 members now with our latest members LADYVAL05 and CATMARIE1960. Please make them feel welcome. <BR> <BR> Remember that YOU are the member that keeps us an active, vital group. The Fellowship depends on YOU, just as Frodo depended on Sam to keep him headed to his goal. <BR> <BR> Congratulations to the team for reaching 11,761 Total Team SparkPoints in July 2013. <BR> <BR> A big WOO-WHO for moving back up a notch to #70 with 12,620 points on the SparkAmerica Leader boards. Do... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:51:17 EST July 2013 <em>283</em> It's not quite the last day of the month of June, but since I've a busy weekend I thought I'd go ahead and start the July Topic. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> First off, thanks to new members AMANDARAQS AND BARDIC_GRRL we are up to 40 members! Of course, only a handful (literally) check in regularly and participate in the team goals. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Extra kudos to BARDIC_GRRL, who finished the Gold Nugget Triathlon on 5/19/2013. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Both MOTLEM an... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:06:11 EST July 2013 ~ Personal Goals Last month I didn't do so well at achieving my goals. Although I could plead illness as a reason, I think what I need to do is set some simple yet definite goals and work toward them on a weekly basis. <BR> <BR> July promises to have a few busy weekends. I must not lose sight of my goal: to eat better, exercise more, and interact with people. Because I've committed myself to teach some needle art classes this month, I have forced myself into interacting with people. For me, that is good. I'v... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:22:31 EST June 2013 ~ Personal Goals Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I think I did pretty well in May. My goals to "write my Bites", be more socially active and more physically active have been on track. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> June is summer for me, with temps in the 90's as the norm. By the end of the month, High 90's and 3-digit temps will be regular occurrences. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> My neighborhood continues its downward spiral but we've decided to stay put for at least another year. So we've installed a s... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:23:36 EST oops <em>198</em> Mon, 3 Jun 2013 14:13:09 EST June 2013 Since we are in June, thought I'd start a new topic! <BR> <BR> I've been riding hard, and am only 4 miles from the Brandywine Bridge. Things aren't as we left them, here in The Shire.... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:55:32 EST Question on Tracking Miles I have a question that I hope someone can give me guidance on. Do you count all steps/miles walked in a day or just those where you say, OK now I'm going to do my walking? The reason I ask is that I do a lot of walking on some days though not necessarily related to hiking or treadmill. I just want to keep my mileage honest. Sat, 25 May 2013 22:05:04 EST May 2013 ~ Personal Goals Aragorn - "What do you fear my lady?" <BR> <BR> Éowyn - "A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire. <BR> <BR> Aragorn - "You are a daughter of Kings! A Shieldmaiden of Rohan! I do not think that will be your fate" <BR> <BR> My goal for each week of this month will be to remember this, and act on it. <BR> <BR> I am not beyond all valor. Thu, 2 May 2013 18:18:52 EST May 2013 Fellow Walkers! <BR> <BR> Goodness it's already May! I don't know about you but I love inspirational quotes. Sometimes I write one up and stick it on my computer or car visor. Sometimes I use one for meditation or thoughtful walking. Here are some I've come across. I hope you enjoy them. <BR> John Muir <BR> In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Michael Korda <BR> ... Thu, 2 May 2013 18:11:40 EST April 2013 ~ Personal Goals Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I greatly enjoyed making a weekly goal in March. It really helped me focus on working toward my ultimate goal. I felt a sense of satisfaction in taking small steps and making progress. <BR> <BR> This first week of April will be busy for me as I'm getting ready for my first camping trip in several years. It will only be 4 days but I feel as if I'm preparing to colonize Mars. It's important for me not to forget to keep working toward my goals even though I am busy wi... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:25:05 EST April 2013 Greetings all! <BR> <BR> Spring has well and truly sprung here in the Southeastern US where I live. My tiny backyard is carpeted with fallen wisteria blossoms. Both my doxie Molly and I are scarfing down the allergy medications. Windows are open, birds are singing and temperatures are in the 70s. <BR> <BR> Of course it's been raining for two days and temperatures are predicted to plummet one last time when the weather front moves through. But for now, at least, I can get out to walk in the ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:17:48 EST Does anyone use a FitBit? ...or any kind of device like this? I'm thinking about getting one, one of the models that tracks not only all your daily activity, but one that monitors the quality of your sleep as well. I've been struggling with insomnia for the past year, and it's getting better, but I'd like to be as informed as I can about my sleep patterns. I've also had problems finding a pedometer that will accurately track my activity at work (15 hour days on my feet add up to a LOT of steps), and I'd really like... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:20:20 EST March 2013 ~ Personal Goals Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Can you believe it is March already!?! Where HAS the time gone. <BR> <BR> Based on past performance, I have revised and simplified our team goals. Goal #1 remains the same ~ walk a mile a day. <BR> <BR> Goal #2 has been significantly changed. Instead of the goal of adding a mile a day, which didn't seem to be working out for most of us, Goal #2 is now <BR> <BR> SET AND ACHIEVE 1 PERSONAL GOAL 1 TIME PER WEEK ~ Select a personally meaningful goal for yourself each we... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:29:16 EST March 2013 Vendui i'ler! <BR> <BR> You have walked 536 miles. <BR> You have passed Barren Hills. <BR> It is 34 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 386 miles to reach Caras Galadon. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <em>185</em> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 18:28:48 EST February 2013 Happy February Everyone! <BR> <BR> It promises to be a busy month. <BR> <BR> In the US the first weekend of February is an important one: not only is Groundhog Day on Saturday, but Sunday is Superbowl Sunday. What if we have more bad weather, according to the groundhog!?! <em>219</em> And what if my team loses!?! <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Then its time to get ready for Mardi Gras <em>236</em> and Laissez le bon temps rouler <em>408</em> ! <BR> <BR> On to Valentine's Day <em>1... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:06:54 EST 2012 Progress Did you make your 2012 walking goals? <BR> <BR> I did not, had open heart surgery this past summer and was feeling bad for the 1st half of the year. Me knee is the biggest issue as it never recovered after the replacement (not all work) so my progress was less than 100 miles when my goal was over 300. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:10:18 EST January 2013 <em>26</em> <em>410</em> <em>249</em> Happy 2013! <em>249</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of thinking about how to start the New Year right. My mother had a tradition we all considered a bit of a nuisance as children. <BR> <BR> Mom believed that the way you spent the first day of the year set the pattern for the rest of the year. So bright and early on the morning of January 1 Mom would pop her head in the door, flip on the light, and sing slightly... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:42:50 EST New Team Logo Like the new logo, though the old one did show walking... :) <BR> <BR> Maybe a new walking scene will become available after it is released. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:12:15 EST December 2012 From Day 64 Sunday 25 November to Day 70 Saturday 1 December, I walked 28 miles to Rivendell. <BR> <BR> Vendui i'ler! <BR> <BR> You have walked 270 miles. <BR> You have passed Great Road. <BR> It is 2 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 188 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:27:50 EST The Hobbit full production videos How cool is this. The Hobbit full production videos. Goes for over an hour. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 02:14:15 EST Disappointed and leaving this team now I'm leaving this team now. I am very disappointed as I seem to be *mainly* the only person participating in the Walk to Rivendell. No fun walking on my own. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:32:25 EST A little levity Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, paid me a visit. As we were talking I mentioned that I had recently installed Windows on my PC, I told him how happy I was with this operating system and showed him the Windows CD. <BR> <BR> To my astonishment and distress he threw it into my microwave oven and turned it on. I was upset because the CD had become precious to me, but he said: 'Do not worry, it is unharmed.' <BR> <BR> After a few minutes he took the CD out, gave it to me and said... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 03:50:13 EST An orc named Sandy I'm not even on the east coast and we are being battered by winds and rain. It's miserable out there, and I'm not inspired to do anything but curl up with a hot toddy and be grateful that I'm no longer out there in the storm! <BR> <BR> Must resign myself to getting into winter workout mode, as fall seems to have abandoned us early. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:25:56 EST More Hobbit news! Very detailed article about the movie design details. Fascinating! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-the-hobbit--revealed </link> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:29:31 EST Peter Jackson, say it isn't so! My husband forwarded me this link to the Denny's tie-in for "The Hobbit." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>reakfast-being-served-at-dennys-is-som<BR>ething-that-is-happening </link> <BR> <BR> I am still agog with horror. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:23:56 EST October 2012 ~ Going out one's door It's a new month. In the Northern Hemisphere, fall is in the air and we are reminded of the beautiful countryside of the Shire during harvest. In the Southern Hemisphere, spring and new hopes and dreams abound. <BR> <BR> Did you know we have a team photo area? And a links area? You can access them from the menu on the right, under the Team Feed/Huddle Bar. <BR> <BR> I often forget to bring my camera with me on outings, and I don't have a "smartphone" that takes pictures. But I often see be... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:39:50 EST 9/24/2012 ~ Re-Reading? Re-Viewing? Re-Listening? 9/24/2012 ~ Re-Reading? Re-Viewing? Re-Listening? <BR> <BR> MissG said she felt like a rainy day was a good time to begin re-reading LotR. This walk has prompted me to read it again. <BR> <BR> I've already discovered differences in my memories of the books, which were apparently influenced by Peter Jackson's LotR Trilogy. <BR> <BR> For instance, I thought of Sam and Frodo setting out after a nice hobbit breakfast. Surprise! It was Sam, Frodo, and Pippin setting out as "the stars were growi... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:07:18 EST 9/23/2012 ~ 0-4 Miles Tour by Ranger Jewel 9/23/2012 ~ 0 TO 4 MILES from THE EOWYN'S CHALLENGE TOUR BY RANGER JEWEL <BR> <BR> You can use the Location Tracker at the Eowyn's Challenge Website to track your mileage yourself. <BR> Location_Finder/location_finder.html <BR> <BR> Congratulations on joining our quest! It is about 458 miles to Rivendell, but what an exciting journey it will be! We'll give you plenty of information along the way so you know where you are and we'll point out lots of sma... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:07:49 EST 9/22/12 ~ A Birthday and a Beginning Today is the birthday of Bibo and Frodo Baggins. It can also be the start a grand adventure for each of us. <BR> <BR> Each month this year, we'll have a new topic area in the forum "Walk September 2012 to September 2013." During the month, lets us these monthly topics to share our journey, our miles, our tips and hints, our challenges and achievements. We'll try not to clutter up the forum with topics and K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly). <BR> <BR> We've got new team goals intended to get ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:05:35 EST September 2012 ~ A New Beginning Hi there! Today is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. <BR> <BR> Frodo has been preparing for an adventure and tommorrow he'll begin. Let's join him. <BR> <BR> Each month we'll open up a new monthly topic in this forum to keep track of all we're doing that month. Post your miles, steps, thoughts, hints and whatever there if you would. Let's avoid starting too many new forums and topics and K.I.S.S.! <BR> <BR> Please check out the revised Team Goals and join us on our walk. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:34:27 EST Trailer for "The Hobbit" <link><BR>ideo/filmvideo/cinema-trailers/9553545<BR>/The-Hobbit-trailer.html </link> <BR> <BR> (Hope this works!) Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:44:19 EST Recovery I have not been on any long walks sine May as I had open heart surgery in early June. Due to my diabetes, my recovery is slow and it may be September before I can walk two-miles again. <BR> <BR> The only good thing is that I was in the hospital and rehab for five weeks during the record setting heat wave. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 11:14:26 EST A Long Expected Party! I have a friend in Michigan who is having a birthday/midsummer party next weekend with a Lord of the Rings theme. I'm going up for the entire weekend, starting Thursday, so that I can help with decorating the party tree and all other party business. <BR> <BR> Costumes are encouraged, but I was thinking that I didn't really have anything, and as it is a very poverty-stricken month I wasn't really feeling like I could go buy anything. Then I tried on a corset-style dress that has never fit me,... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:50:19 EST Team Leader I removed myself as team leader as I have not been a good example of consistent walking. I used to walk 2-miles 3-5 times a week, walking over 450 miles last year, but will not likely be able to keep up that pace this year. I walk with a can and have slowed down. <BR> <BR> Since there is another walking team that tracks across the US, I think the interest in the Rivendell quest will not be as attractive unless you are a hard core Lord of the Ring fan as many of us here are. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:28:12 EST Alternate Group & Site Today my wife told me about another Spark Group tracking their walking. <BR> Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ <BR> While they have message boarda on Spark, records are kept at <BR> which is a government sponsored site gathering fitness data. <BR> <BR> The interesting thing I found is that as you add mileage, their is a photo showing where you are on the map. Someone drove across the US taking photos and it looks like there is a photo for ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 18:10:02 EST Tolkien Birthday Toast - Jan 3 Hi all: Just a reminder that J.R.R.'s birthday is January 3. Please join us in raising a glass to toast the Professor! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From the Tolkien Society Home Page: <BR> <BR> Birthday Toast <BR> <BR> What an exciting year 2012 promises to be. <BR> <BR> 2012 sees the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit and by the end of the year there will be the first instalment of the live action film. <BR> <BR> In August, Loughborough University will be the venue for The Re... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:13:11 EST Where in M.E. are you spending your holidays? As we enter the holiday season, I'm wondering where each of you are spending the holidays? I am back in Meduseld for Thanksgiving. I expect Christmas will be on the road somewhere as it's a long way to Minas Tirith from here! Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:55:42 EST It's the weekend ... Yay !! I hope everyone is doing well . I hope to get my paper trail caught up today. It is difficult for me to keep up with the tracking during the week due to the hours i work . Getting ready to go walking pretty quick.. The dogs all have their happy faces on. They get so excited at walk time. <BR> <BR> Will check back in later. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Walking Lady <BR> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:21:49 EST Sorry ,forgot to check in yesterday. I didn't walk yesterday . I did a bunch of miles on my bike . I know they say you can count bike miles but i think that's cheating or i feel it is. Today i did 4 miles 2 this morning and 2 this evening . My chihuahua Emmy Lou went with me can she get walking points to . LOL ! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> The Walking Lady Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:40:06 EST I am a new sparkie Hi every one... I am the Walking Lady . I am ever so happy that i found a walking group . I guess i will start my journey to Rivendell . Not sure how we are keeping track of the miles , but today i walked 3 . <em>311</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:19:52 EST Team Goal? Fellow Middle Earth walkers - <BR> <BR> How would you guys feel if we set a team mileage goal? Would you participate? Would it help motivate you? Let me know! I know we haven't done it before, so I wanted to check to see how many people would be on board if we started that. Maybe set a small goal for the rest of July then a real challenge for August? <BR> <BR> Feedback please! Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:42:37 EST Team Leader Today a message came up that the team leader has been inactive for over 60 days. If a team has no leader or leader requests after a time, the team is eliminated. I applied to co-lead, or lead if Tina decides to drop out all together as I find recording my walking this way is the most motivating way I have found. As I live very rural, I consider others that post here my walking partners, at least in spirit. <BR> <BR> Rick Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:14:40 EST Walking Partner Frodo and Sam encourage each other to carry on during their journey; a lot actually... <BR> <BR> Do you have a walking partner to encourage you? <BR> <BR> My wife is starting to come with me more often but as I need a cane, we walk at different paces and opposite direction on the local paths. She walks further usually, but at least she is out there with me. Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:48:14 EST Daily Progress A place to mention you daily progress... <BR> <BR> Two miles yesterday, none today due to dental surgery. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 08:25:31 EST Location Finder For those that want a quick reference to their location on the maps <link><BR>Location_Finder/location_finder.html </link> is a location finder aid for the first 223 miles. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:42:42 EST Doesn't seem very active but... This team doesn't sound very active, but I'm making it a goal to run 458 miles (to Rivendell) this year. That averages out to about 9-10 miles a week. Any walker/runner should be able to make this happen pretty easiely. <BR> <BR> I set up a challenge at the Nike+ site, hoping to drum up some more challengers... <BR><BR>eplus/en_US/plus/#//challenges/detail/<BR>566215036/ <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone. <BR> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:57:01 EST Lord of the Rings Game Does anyone play the Lord of the Rings on-line role playing game? Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:05:21 EST Weather Delays Our weather is really an issue when it comes time to walk. Yesterday afternoon brought a sudden wet heavy snow, making the walking trail slippery. <BR> <BR> I did walk some when it was in the upper 20's last week but don't care to walk in the wet. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:15:59 EST Great Idea! For me, I most likely won't be an active participant but i LOVE the whole notion. I am a BIG fan of the LotR Trilogy movies (One day I will read the books). <BR> <BR> About 6 years ago I bought scrolled maps of six regions of Middle-Earth (the way they dipict it in the movies all burnt and wrinkled) and it's somewhat detailed. <BR> <BR> If I were walking to Rivendale I would start by going south past Bywater to The East Road. From there head west past the Three Farthling Stone into East Far... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 11:10:54 EST Just Found Team You have walked 43 miles. <BR> You have passed Black Rider Stopping Place. <BR> It is 3 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 415 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> Well I just found this team and calculated my walking in 2010 based on miles recorded on Spark. This team may give me more to think about while walking. There would have been many more miles but knee surgery (that was not successful) has hampered a lot of progress. <BR> <BR> Thanks for starting the idea Tina <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:47:48 EST How far have you gone? Today, I walked to work again (1.9 mi), so my total is 26.43 miles since 11 June 2010. <BR> <BR> You have walked 26.43 miles. <BR> You have passed Green Hill Country. <BR> It is 0.57 miles to the next landmark. <BR> You have 431.57 miles to reach Rivendell. <BR> <BR> After some time they crossed the Water, west of Hobbiton, by a narrow plank-bridge. The stream was there no more than a winding black ribbon, bordered with leaning alder-trees. A mile or two further south they hastily crossed t... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:06:43 EST