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Last Week - Week 3


Nov 22 2012, 4:34pm

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Last Week - Week 3 [In reply to] Can't Post

This is for last week. I'll post this weeks total Saturday...
Sorry for rambling, but walking so far got my mind wandering.

Miles covered this week: 19.27
Cumulative miles: 41.09
Goal: In Training. My miles are up for grabs for now.
Weight: 287.91 (Down from 293)
I took three days off and did 10 miles on foot Saturday: four at the Confluence, six at Cahokia Mounds Historic Site.

Cool site: http://www.cahokiamounds.org/visit/ Nice trails! Long, short, and many.

I've been searching for places in my area that would be semi-equivalent to places along Bilbo's journey. Cahokia Mounds can have a Barrow-Wright-ish feel as some actually are burial mounds. The Monks Mound (92 ft. tall) is the closest thing to Weathertop I have found around the St. Louis prairie

The 10 miles I walked Saturday was longer than the 9 miles to the Arch (as the crebain fly) in this cellphone photo. (May not be too visible here, but was clearly visible from the Mound.)

I promise to bring my good camera the next time I come here, and maybe get a sunset-over-St.-Louis photo. I should award myself extra points for climbing it, especially after doing the 10 miles first, but I won’t. That's not my thing.
There are no real mountains anywhere near St. Louis. The trail with the largest elevation change is only 120-200 feet. Next spring or summer, I hope to travel to some. I should be near the Misty Mountains by then. I don’t know if I should go Rockies or Appalachians. Eventually I would like to try a trail with a significant elevation change.

On the plus side, St. Louis & Missouri have forests and caves to spare. Maybe I could also canoe/float through some of the barrel riding miles.

P.S.: I'm having some doubts about my goal for next year. Doing it all by only walking/hiking outdoors is very important to me, but I would have to do this week’s pace every week to meet my goal. The weather won’t cooperate this well anytime from now until April. I know how to hike in rain and snow, but…
I'm not giving up yet. I’m just realizing the magnitude of the commitment. Time is the real enemy. That’s six hours of walking/hiking per week plus another hour or two travelling to and from the best trails. That is almost like having a second non-paying job. I may need to start counting my training miles now to make it to Erebor by the end of 2013.
But I have until New Year’s before I decide to commit.

P.P.S.: I did another 11.8 miles Sunday, making my total over the three-day weekend 26.5 miles. That’s more than a marathon. I once did 16 miles in one day many years ago when I was in shape, but this has to be a three-day record for me. [Sunday’s miles will be in next week’s totals.]

P.P.P.S.: I'll report this Saturday, but I'm down to 283.2 Down almost 8-10 pounds from November 1st.

'It is ever so with the things that Men begin: there is a frost in Spring, or a blight in Summer, and they fail of their promise.' ... '[Yet their seed] will lie in the dust and rot to spring up again in times and places unlooked-for.'

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Walk to Rivendell and Beyond - There and Back Again Challenge! Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Nov 22 2012, 4:18pm
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        Wow! bearagorn Send a private message to bearagorn Nov 23 2012, 12:07am
        What you're doing is just amazing, J-M :) grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Nov 24 2012, 3:34am
            Week 4 Joe-Mathews Send a private message to Joe-Mathews Nov 24 2012, 11:16pm
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