Monday, May 25, 2009

A Lord of the Rings Challenge

"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And i must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."

While looking about online the other day, I (the Elf) found an amazingly cool website! The owners of this site had created a little thing called the Eowyn Challenge, inspiring people to live a healthy lifestyle. These people, along with the help of Karen Wynn Fonstad, author of the Atlas of Middle Earth, had meticulously gone through the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and recorded the milage of the characters on their specific journeys. Now they are challenging people to essentially walk the same distances as the characters! Now, this is no easy feat, as you Lord of the Rings fans out there know. For example: to get from Hobbiton to Rivendell alone took a month and was about 450 miles (granted, they had ponies part of the way)!

Anyways, there are two very avid Middle Earth fans in this household (Mama and the Elf) and these fans needed some motivation to get now Mama and I are on the journey of a lifetime (cause it really is gonna take a lifetime). :)

Edit: Mama and I have been doing this Challenge since May 18. When I counted after our walk yesterday morning, we had already done 29 miles! Praise God! Now the trick is to see how long this lasts!