(at least that’s what I tell myself…)

It’s 458 miles from Bag End, Hobbiton to Rivendell.  I’m going to (pretend) to walk there as a way to note what my fitbit tells me. I started on 5 February, 2017.

Day 1: 2.2. miles walked, 2.2 miles total – leaving Hobbiton and following the hedgerows south…

Day 2: 5.9 miles walked, 8.1 miles total – entering the Green Hill Country of The Shire

Day 3: 3.5 miles walked, 11.6 miles total – near the birch grove where Frodo and Sam had a frugal supper on their first night of walking

Day 4: 3.4 miles walked, 15 miles total – started down Stock Road

Day 5: 2.2 miles walked, 17.2 miles total – still in The Shire. The Hobbits walked 18 miles their first day. I am such a slacker…

Day 6: 1.2 miles walked, 18.4 miles total – broke camp and started on second day.

Day 7: 1.9 miles walked, 20.3 miles total – note to self, take fitbit with you after you charge it….

Day 8: 3.2 miles walked, 23.5 miles total – still walking the rolling hills of The Shire

Day 9: 3.1 miles walked, 26.6 miles total – more rolling hills

Day 10: 4 miles walked, 30.6 miles total – near Woody End

Day 11: 2.5 miles walked, 33.1 miles total – Black Rider!!!

Day 12: 3.6 miles walked, 36.7 miles total – a path through ancient oaks

Day 13: 1.9 miles walked, 38.6 miles total – singing and walking in the twilight

Day 14: 1.6 miles walked, 40.2 miles total – Elves (who scare away the Black Rider)

Day 15: 3.6 miles walked, 43.8 miles total – walking with the elves

Day 16: 4.2 miles walked, 48 miles total – cross the Stock-brook

Day 17: 3.4 miles walked, 51.4 miles total – just staring to rain

Day 18: 3.8 miles walked, 55.2 miles total – the sun is shining brightly

Day 19: 3.7 miles walked, 58.9 miles total – The Marish

Day 20: 1.9 miles walked, 60.8 miles total – Approaching Farmer Maggot’s fields

Day 21: 1.0 miles walked, 61.8 miles total – near a stout gate to a rutted lane

Day 22: 3.2 miles walked, 65.0 miles total – Farmer Maggot’s lane meets the Causeway to Buckleberry Ferry

Day 23: 4.3 miles walked, 69.3 miles total – taking the Buckleberry Ferry

Day 24: 3.5 miles walked, 72.8 miles total – Spend the night at Crickhollow

Day 25: 4 miles walked, 76.8 miles total – entered The Old Forest

Day 26: took a break to have my gallbladder removed (The Old Forest is the very best place to have out patient surgery!) (really!)

Day 27: I actually was up and walking but not wearing the fitbit tracker….

Day 28: finally charged and put the fitbit back on late in the day

Day 29: .8 mile walked, 77.6 miles total – getting lost in The Old Forest

Day 30: 1.5 miles walked, 79.1 miles total – still following the path in The Old Forest

Day 31: 1.9 miles walked, 81 miles total – still following the path in The Old Forest

Day 32: 2.4 miles walked, 83.4 miles total – still following the path in The Old Forest

Day 33: .8 mile walked, 84.3 miles total – still following the path in The Old Forest

Day 34: 1 mile walked, 85.3 miles total – still following the path in The Old Forest

Day 35: took a fitbit break on Saturday March 11 (but still wandering in the old forest…)

Day 36: 2.7 miles walked, 88 miles total – decide to leave the path in the Old Forest (this won’t end well…)

Day 37: 3.6 miles walked, 91.6 miles total – stuck in a deep forest valley that leads to the Withywindle

Day 38: 4.0 miles walked, 95.6 miles total – Stop to rest by Old Man Willow

Day 39: 3.1 miles walked, 98.7 miles total – Reach Tom Bombadil’s house

Day 40: .9 miles walked, 99.6 miles total – enter The Barrow-Downs

Day 41: 1.8 miles walked, 101.4 miles total – wandering in the Barrow-Downs

Day 42: 2.5 miles walked, 103.9 miles total – possibly lost in the Barrow-Downs

Day 43: 2.8 miles walked, 106.7 miles total – still in the Barrow-Downs

Day 44: 3.7 miles walked, 110.4 miles total – will I never escape the Barrow-Downs?

Day 45: 3.5 miles walked, 113.9 miles total – taking a nap in the Barrow-Downs (note to self: not a good idea…)

Day 46: 3.9 miles walked, 117.8 miles total – rescued by Tom Bombadil

Day 47: 5.9 miles walked, 123.7 miles total – Reach dike and hedge. Former boundary of Cardolan, part of the North Kingdom of Arnor.

Day 48: 1.9 miles walked, 125.6 miles total – heading toward The Great East Road

Day 49: 2.3 miles walked, 127.9 miles total – still heading toward The Great East Road

Day 50: 3.8 miles walked, 131.7 miles total – reach The Great East Road. Say goodbye to Tom Bombadil

Day 51: 4.2 miles walked, 135.9 miles total – we’ve finally reached Bree!!

Day 52: 3.4 miles walked, 139.3 miles total – Leave road and head north into Chetwood

Day 53: 3.4 miles walked, 142.7 miles total – into the Chetwood…

Day 54: 3.3 miles walked, 146.0 miles total – getting ready to camp in Chetwood, east of Archet

Day 55: 1.2 miles walked, 147.2 miles total – heading east through the Chetwood

Day 56: 2.4 miles walked, 149.6 miles total – quiet and peaceful in the Chetwood

Day 57: 2.7 miles walked, 152.3 miles total – still in the Chetwood

Day 58: 4.6 miles walked, 156.9 miles total – why am i in the woods so long but only in Bree one night. Oh, right, Riders…

Day 59: 3 miles walked, 159.9 miles total – only 6 more miles of Chetwood

Day 60: 3.8 miles walked, 163.7 miles total – camping in eastern Chetwood

Day 61: 2.8 miles walked, 166.5 miles total – finally out of the Chetwood

Day 62: 2.8 miles walked, 169.3 miles total – heading toward the Midgewater Marshes

Day 63: 1.8 miles walked, 171.1 miles total – ground becoming damp nearer the marshes

Day 64: 3.6 miles walked, 174.7 miles total – entering the western edge of the Midgewater Marshes

Day 65: 3.8 miles walked, 178.5 miles total – camping in the western Midgewater Marshes

Day 66: 4.8 miles walked, 183.3 miles total – walking through the marshes still (this is the Chetwood all over again except damper)

Day 67: 3.9 miles walked, 187.2 miles total – about halfway through the marshes

Day 68: 3.6 miles walked, 190.8 miles total – into the eastern part of the Midgewater Marshes

Day 69: 4.5 miles walked, 195.3 miles total – Camp in the eastern marshes. (See flashes of light at night – Gandalf on Weathertop)

Day 70: 4.2 miles walked, 199.5 miles total – out of the marshes! Can see the Weather Hills ahead.

Day 71: 2.1 miles walked, 201.6 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills. Land starting to rise.

Day 72: 6.4 miles walked, 208 miles total – land drier and very barren.

Day 73: 3.4 miles walked, 211.4 miles total – camp by a stream, among stunted alder trees. Moon waxing.

Day 74: 4.0 miles walked, 215.4 miles total – Can see crumbled ruins on Hills ahead.

Day 75: 3.7 miles walked, 219.1 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills

Day 76: 1.1 miles walked, 220.2 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills

Day 77: 1.3 miles walked, 221.5 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills

Day 78: 2.7 miles walked, 224.2 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills

Day 79: 3.6 miles walked, 227.8 miles total – walking toward the Weather Hills

Day 80: .5 miles walked, 228.3 miles total – Reach foot of the Weather Hills. Camp there.

Day 81: 3.4 miles walked, 231.7 miles total – Follow path south toward Weathertop: path is cunningly hidden and is edged with stones where land is open. Sam recites part of “The Fall of Gil-galad”.

Day 82: 5.9 miles walked, 237.6 miles total – Near south end of path. Reach dell at western foot of hill.

Day 83: 3.5 miles walked, 241.1 miles total – Climb to top of Weathertop and enter the ruins of the watch Tower of Amon Sul. See Black Riders on road below.

Day 84: 2.2 miles walked, 243.3 miles total – Return to dell. Camp there. Attack of Nazgul at night.

Day 85: 2.3 miles walked, 245.6 miles total – Injured, Frodo is carried on pony. Head south from dell.

Day 86: 3.2 miles walked, 248.8 miles total – Cross Great East Road and enter thickets on south side. Land slopes south.

Day 87: 3.4 miles walked, 252.2 miles total – traveling through the wilderness.

Day 88: 5 miles walked, 257.2 miles total – still traveling through the wilderness.

Day 89: 3.6 miles walked, 260.8 miles total – Camp in thickets.

Day 90: 2.8 miles walked, 263.6 miles total – 1st day after Weathertop

Day 91: 3.8 miles walked, 267.4 miles total – still in the wilderness

Day 92: 2.2 miles walked, 269.6 miles total – traveling through the wilderness.

Day 93: 4.7 miles walked, 274.3 miles total – even with Frodo injured they are still making 19 miles a day over rough terrain….

Day 94: 3.5 miles walked, 277.8 miles total – camp

Day 95: 3.4 miles walked, 281.2 miles total – break camp, still heading south

Day 96: 3.9 miles walked, 285.1 miles total – only 2nd day away from Weathertop

Day 97: 3.1 miles walked, 288.2 miles total – Frodo & company still making about 19 miles a day; me? not so much….

Day 98: 2.4 miles walked, 290.6 miles total – and miles to go before I sleep…

Day 99: 3.4 miles walked, 294 miles total – but only 4 more miles!

Day 100: 5.1 miles walked, 299.1 miles total – camp in a valley

Day 101: 5.2 miles walked, 304.3 miles total – break camp, Follow a wide shallow curving valley.

Day 102: 4.1 miles walked, 308.4 miles total – 4th day from Weathertop, in a wide shallow curving valley.

Day 103: 6.3 miles walked, 314.7 miles total – continuing in a wide shallow valley.

Day 104: 3.7 miles walked, 318.4 miles total – camp

Day 105: 3.1 miles walked, 321.5 miles total – 5th day from Weathertop, still in a valley.

Day 106: 1 mile walked, 322.5 miles total – land starts to rise

Day 107: 6.2 miles walked, 328.7 miles total – still walking in a shallow valley

Day 108: 5.1 miles walked, 333.8 miles total – can see a huddle of hills ahead

Day 109: 3.7 miles walked, 337.5 miles total – camp for the night

Day 110: 5.2 miles walked, 342.7 miles total – walking into the hills

Day 111: 5.4 miles walked, 348.1 miles total – in the hills

Day 112: 5.2 miles walked, 353.3 miles total – Camp not far SW of bridge. Camp is high enough for Merry to see the Loudwater far in the distance!

Day 113: 3.3 miles walked, 356.6 miles total – Return to The Great East Road

Day 114: 5.9 miles walked, 362.5 miles total – Enter the steep lands of the Trollshaws. Hills quickly shut them in. Difficult going. Camp.

Day 115: 4.7 miles walked, 367.2 miles total – More climbing in the Trollshaws

Day 116: 6.4 miles walked, 373.6 miles total – Weather turns wet during the day.

Day 117: 4.5 miles walked, 378.1 miles total – Hills higher and steeper. They are forced north out of their way. Still raining. Camp on a stony shelf by a shallow cave.

Day 118: 4.4 miles walked, 382.5 miles total – Rain stops. Strider scouts. Start late. Turn SE, scrambling over rocky ground. Find a valley, but it ends in a high ridge. Climb ridge and camp in a saddle at top. COLD. Build a fire under a gnarled pine.

Day 119: .7 miles walked, 383.2 miles total – (i actually walked a lot today but my fitbit was forgotten on the charger…)

Day 120: 4.1 miles walked, 387.3 miles total – Slope beyond ridge is much easier. Bright, fair day. Strider briefly sees the Loudwater/Bruinen in the distance.

Day 121: 4.1 miles walked, 391.4 miles total – Find Troll-hole. Continue on level path through woods.

Day 122: 4.3 miles walked, 395.7 miles total – Stone Trolls. Rest. Sam recites “Old Troll”. Continue in afternoon. Woods.

Day 123: 5.7 miles walked, 401.4 miles total – Return to the Road.

Day 124: 5.5 miles walked, 406.9 miles total – While looking for a place to camp, hear a horse: it’s Glorfindel!

Day 125: 3.6 miles walked, 410.5 miles total – The horse is not named Glorfindel. Glorfindel is an elf

Day 126: 2.1 miles walked, 412.6 miles total – March all night. Frodo is on Glorfindel’s horse.

Day 127: 1.7 miles walked, 414.3 miles total – I’ve been wearing a spint on my left hand for a sprained thumb…. i may never get to Rivendell.

Day 128: 4.1 miles walked, 418.4 miles total – Camp next to the road at dawn.

Day 129: 3.3 miles walked, 421.7 miles total – Camp less than 5 hours.

Day 130: 3.6 miles walked, 425.3 miles total – Take road with 2 brief rests.

Day 131: 4.8 miles walked, 430.1 miles total – Cross a small stream. Rest stop.

Day 132: 2.5 miles walked, 432.6 miles total – Rest stop.

Day 133: 2.3 miles walked, 434.9 miles total – slow going

Day 134: 1.1 miles walked, 436.0 miles total – Camp in 4 more miles

Day 135: 3.2 miles walked, 439.2 miles total – Camp where road bends right to run down slope toward the River Bruinen.

Day 136: 2.9 miles walked, 442.1 miles total – Leave early morning, hobbling along (around 7 a.m.)

Day 137: 3.3 miles walked, 445.2 miles total – Road running downhill. Much grass on sides of road

Day 138: 2.7 miles walked, 447.9 miles total – M Road plunges through a cutting of red stone with tall pines. Glorfindel says “Run!”

Day 139: 1.5 miles walked, 449.4 miles total -Attack at the Ford! Glorfindel’s horse carries Frodo across Ford. Nazgul drown. Frodo falls.

Day 140: 3.7 miles walked, 453.1 miles total – Company meets Elves sent from Rivendell. They take Frodo ahead. Rest of company follows on foot.

Day 141: 3.7 miles walked, 456.8 miles total – Come to the sudden cliff into the valley of Rivendell.

Day 142: Mile 458: June 26, 2017 (or October 20, 3018)Welcome to Rivendell!!!