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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim - Helen's journal and online home
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Eowyn Challenge -- Isengard to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim

Miles travelled yesterday: 4.75
Miles travelled so far: 76.75 (1740.75 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 501.25

Percentage complete: 13%

Point reached on journey: Still riding away from Helm's Deep with the Rohirrim. Heading east we have crossed a stream and now we're camping in a shallow valley.

Where I really went...

A rather dreary day

Just one of the local circuits round the lanes near my house. The weather was very grey and dreary, but at least it remained dry -- unlike today! Today it tipped down and the forecast for tomorrow is no better.

At least I have the mini-bike, the hula hoop and the stepper. I've been using these for three months now and they have definitely helped. I wouldn't say that I can do enough exercise in the house to get properly fit or lose weight, but it's enough for health and it helps maintain the fitness when I can't exercise properly.

Anyway, building on the kick start I got from the two days of walking around London before Christmas, I want to make some real progress on the road to Mordor. It's going to be a case of watching the weather, getting out for proper walks and cycle rides when possible and then using the indoor exercise to stop me getting too unfit when the weather is bad, but with a bit of luck I'll lose some weight as well.

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lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: December 29th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That picture looks like it could have been taken in Middle Earth! :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 31st, 2011 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I do sometimes wonder if Tolkien was familiar with our part of North Wales. For one thing the slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog are very like the Mines of Moria -- apart from the fact that they were mining roofing slate not precious stones and gold.

But a few years ago I took this shot from almost the same place and I actually called it The Road Goes Ever On. :)

The road goes ever on...
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: December 31st, 2011 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
paragraphs From: paragraphs Date: December 30th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
New Desktop background! Just gorgeous - I love the lean of the stark tree, and the dreary clouds contrasting with the green. :)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 31st, 2011 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like it. It was the tree that caught my eye and ended up as the best shot of the walk.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: December 30th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The weather has just been so awful this year! And the Christmas break has been dire. J's out walking just now, but it's tipping it down and I've got horse-riding later, so I've chickened out...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 31st, 2011 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I've managed just two walks so far: a short Boxing Day walk on the beach with my brother and the walk mentioned above.

However, the forecast doesn't look too bad for the next few days, so I'll try and get out again for a couple more.
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