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Walking to Mordor -- Isengard to Minas Tirith

Miles travelled since last update: 3
Miles travelled so far: 200 (1864 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 378

Percentage complete: 35%

Point reached on journey: A lot has happened in a few short miles. We have been greeted by Éowyn and we have set up camp. As we ate with the king, a errand-rider of Gondor arrived with a plea for the Rohirrim to come to the aid of Minas Tirith. The following day we set off, riding down to the valley where we turned north towards Edoras. On the way, we were joined by an army of fully armed riders, including "Dernhelm".

Where I really went...

One of the reasons for losing motivation with the exercise was that I had done the walks starting from our house sooooo many times that I'd got bored. Partly for this reason and partly because the first few miles of the Mawddach Trail are heavily shaded by trees -- so much so that it's like walking down a green tunnel -- I decided to drive to the car park at Penmaenpool and walk on from there. Here the old railway runs clear of the trees, so I would get the benefit of the lovely sunshine to help combat the SAD.

What I hadn't considered was that the car park might be full! I first tried to squeeze into the one remaining space, but the huge people carriers on either side had parked right up to the white lines. The sun was also shining straight into my eyes, making it impossible to see how close I was to the big black vehicle to my right. After a bit of careful manoeuvring, I decided not to risk it. Besides, I realised that even if I squeezed the car in, I would have great difficulty getting out because the door wouldn't open very far. And even if I managed to slither out, how would the drivers of the huge people carriers get into their vehicles if they arrived back before I did. So I backed out again, only to find that while I had been faffing about, someone must have left because there was now a perfectly accessible space where there hadn't been one before. I nabbed it and set off to listen to the second Zombies, run! walk.

Yes, I realise that I'm now mixing a zombie apocalypse with the Lord of the Rings, but hey! it works for me. :)

Oblivious to danger from Ring Wraiths or zombies, the holidaymakers enjoy their food and drink in the sun outside the George III hotel.

George III hotel, Penmaenpool

And on my way back, here are some cows happily grazing on the muddy pasture alongside the Mawddach Estuary.

Cows grazing beside the Mawddach Trail
Tags: eowyn challenge, exercise, walking, walking to mordor

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