Total Distance: 113.5 miles
Total Distance Remaining: 283.5 miles
My walking has been interesting over the past fortnight, if sporadic. I’ve shown my mother around Mijas Costa and walked all over Gibraltar, so instead of my normal 1-2 miles a day, I’ve tended towards longer treks. Unfortunately, I then decide that as I walked so far, it is OK to rest for a day or two or three, so that overall, my mileage is no better than it has been on previous weeks. A short walk every day seems to be my best route towards ever completing my 400 mile trek.
It’s slow going now as Bilbo and co make their way along the deserted countryside beyond the Forsaken Inn. My chart from the Eowyn Challenge (Hobbit Bag End to Rivendell) says that they pass the east edge of the Chetwood with scattered farms to the south and the Midgewater Marshes begin to appear to the northeast. The Midgewater Marshes are the lowlands between Bree and the Weather Hills and their next interesting scenic stop will be Weathertop.
This image is of the later adventure party, Frogo, Samwise, Pippin and Merry, as they try to cross the Midgewater Marshes en route to Weathertop in order to avoid the Nazgul. Bilbo had no such concerns and so his group stuck to the Great East Road. Possibly once the Hobbit comes out as a film, I will have more images for these long quiet treks – although I have suspect that the script will shorten this first stage of the journey into a few minutes.
I wish I could!