January 19th – 4.4 Miles to Redhorn Pass

I’ve been awful at updating the blog for a while, but that doesn’t mean that my journey hasn’t continued. To be honest, sometimes it takes so long to walk everywhere that I just don’t have time to write a post about it. (But most of the time I’m just lazy).

Some significant things have happened in the last few weeks. I FINALLY finished listening to Harry Potter. When it isn’t all you listen to, it does take a really long time. What a wonderful series. I am pretty sure that my favorite quote of the entire series is:

“Is this real? Or has it been happening inside my head?” “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I’m not sure I can even explain why I love it so much other than I just love the sentiment that what happens in our heads and hearts is real and important and can change the world. There are a lot of really amazing quotes though.

Now that I’ve finished HP, I am now starting to listen to Lord of the Rings! I’m starting with The Hobbit, of course, which is exciting because I’ve only read it once and it was back when I was in High School. One thing I’ll be doing differently is that I can only listen to these books if I’m actually walking. It’s already been helpful to get more miles because I want to listen more. I started over the weekend and I’ve just gotten past the point where Bilbo meets Gollum and finds the Ring.

Favorite quote from today’s walk:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

There are a lot of things in this world that are unknown or scary right now. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that the only thing to do is go forward, even when we are scared. So on we go!

On my mileage I am halfway between Rivendell and Lothlorien, which means I am just 50 miles away from the mines of Moria (spooky music)! Great progress so far and I’m pretty excited about it (even though it is very slow going). I even got to move my figurine on the map today!


Listening to: The Hobbit on Audible.


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