Hike and Bike to Rivendell

Haus Meister still has the helm of our virtual map, navigating our workout mileage toward the fictional motivator, Rivendell.

It’s motivating for me, anyway, but kind of odd because he’s doing all the work right now.  I moved the rowing machine across the basement one day.  Oh yes, and I got 120 strokes in once before the toddler yell was heard to start the day.

Another 42.5 miles added to our goal. According to our virtual atlas….

As of today, we’re at mile 247.4.  At mile 200 we reached Weathertop, which has a lot more significance in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Now we’re between it and the Ford of Bruinen, which again, has a lot more significance in FoTR.

Mile 246: “Continue east. Camp. Weather Hills still visible on the western horizon.”


Row/Hike/Walk/Bike to Rivendell

Welcome to this installment of the family workout goal of doing something (rowing machine, hiking, biking, walking, whatever) until we reach the same number of miles from Bag End to Rivendell!

Or the same number of miles that it would be… if those places were real….

Haus Meister has the helm right now and thanks to a lot of hiking and mountain biking he’s done lately with his Trail Life troop or after work, we can add 52 miles to our goal. All his miles plus a 3 mile walk we did as a family today definitely brings us out past our last milestone!

At the last milestone we had reached mile 149.89, “Camping due south of the Midgewater Marshes.”

According to our virtual atlas….

As of today, we’re at mile 204.9.  At mile 200 we reached Weathertop, which has a lot more significance in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” For Bilbo Baggins travelling with the Dwarves, well, not so much.

Row to Rivendell

Yes, we’re still rowing!  I knew it had been a long while since my last post on this subject, but I hadn’t realized the last post was in July! Fortunately we have managed despite a grueling schedule to get 36.2 miles worth of rowing in on the machine since the last check-in.  This puts us at 141.38 total miles.

According to our virtual atlas….

On our journey from Bag End to Rivendell, we’ve reached the milestone 137 “Continue east-southeast at a comfortable pace. Weather nice.” We are approaching milestone 143: “Road curves more to the east. Marshes fill all the northern horizon.”

Drat the Midgewater Marshes.  As I’ve said previously, this is our third attempt to “get to Rivendell” and we have never passed the “Marshes” yet.  Well, let’s see where we are at the next check-in!

Rowing to Rivendell–made it to Bree!


Thank you, Google Images

Thank you, Google Images


Due to visiting company, the snooze button, or campouts, the row to Rivendell was a bit shorter this time around. In the past two weeks we managed together to row 19.63 miles. Adding that to the 70.88 miles logged already…

Total miles rowed: 90.51

According to our virtual atlas….

At mile 85: Reach Bree. Stay at The Prancing Pony. Spend a late evening. By Mile 91: Camp next to a trail leading north into the Chetwood on Bree-hill. Getting close now to those pesky Midgewater Marshes, which is usually where I’ve petered out on previous workout attempts. Not this time!