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"Well, I'm back." [Mar. 14th, 2014|04:31 pm]
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Today, I walked through the door of the house and said, "Well, I'm back." The last line of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. It made me a little teary. You see, I started on the Walk to Rivendell back at the beginning of 2006, and after 7 years and 2 and a half months, I have completed every step of that journey. I walked the miles with the Fellowship to Rauros, then followed Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom and through their rescue by the eagles. I then "flew back" to Rauros and followed Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas through the final battle. Then once again, flew back and followed Merry and Pippin until they got split after Helm's Deep, following first Merry and then Pippin. With the Fellowship reunited, I walked and rode the journey back to Hobbiton, and finally the journey to the Gray Havens and back. A total of 8,349 miles.

I've kept records throughout all those years. I've only counted the miles that were part of exercise, not just walking around for errands or work. The mileage tells the tale of where I've been emotionally and physically. In 2006 and 2007, I walked over 1,000 miles. But from 2008-2011 my mileage was minimal--shocking minimal. As little as 282 miles in 2008. Part of that was that in 2007 I was hit by a car on my bike. I wasn't badly injured, but I lost my nerve for riding. I went from riding over 500 miles to not riding a single mile in 2011.

But at the end of 2011 I took control of my life again. I joined Spark People in September and started working out. In 2012 I completed 2542 miles, and in 2013, 1684. Considering how crisis-filled 2013 was, I am not surprised that my mileage fell off considerably.

And now, I have reached the end of an adventure. The last of the Walk to Rivendell. I'm proud of that accomplishment.

So what's next? After a short celebration, tomorrow I will head out with Bilbo and the dwarves for the Lonely Mountain. Because there are always adventures to be had in Middle Earth.

Now please excuse me; I have to attend an Unexpected Party at the home of Mr. Bilbo Baggins!
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[User Picture]From: p_m_cryan
2014-03-14 10:01 pm (UTC)

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I am proud of you.
[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2014-03-14 11:19 pm (UTC)

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The road goes ever on and on.

How cool is that? I'm totally impressed!
[User Picture]From: lessthanthree
2014-03-14 11:28 pm (UTC)

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I love this. I'm so looking forward to getting out more when the cold winds are done soon and my PT is done on my feet/ankles. I think I'm going to set a path for myself. Either to an actual place that I'll let myself go after I virtually walk there, or a fictional place that I can imagine as I go. Thank you for the inspiration :)
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-15 03:53 am (UTC)

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It's a lot of fun.
[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2014-03-15 12:19 am (UTC)

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congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2014-03-15 01:04 am (UTC)

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wonderful! I am in the midst of re-reading the Hobbit and LOTR, and am now inspired to start tracking my miles with this site. :) Thanks for linking to it.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-15 03:06 am (UTC)

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It's really a fun way of tracking mileage. There is also the very cool Barrow Downs site that gives you a passage from the books when you enter mileage.

http://www.barrowdowns.com/walktorivendell.php
[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2014-03-15 01:44 am (UTC)

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You rock. I am proud!
[User Picture]From: netmouse
2014-03-15 01:50 am (UTC)

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Congrats!
[User Picture]From: cynic51
2014-03-15 03:19 am (UTC)

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This is awesome and I am stealing it.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-15 03:53 am (UTC)

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Absolutely do! I keep all the info on Excel spreadsheets.
[User Picture]From: ba1126
2014-03-15 05:15 pm (UTC)

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Good on'ya!
[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2014-03-15 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2014-03-17 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Go you!

I might do that, I recently began logging miles walked... am trying for 8mi/week, helped by the fact that my office is 2mi from home.