The Walk to Rivendell : The Last Bridge

Oct. 13 – Day 21 (7th from Weathertop): 7 miles (11.3km)
356/572.9 1 Return to The Great East Road
358/576.1 2 Strider scouts ahead and finds an elf-stone on The Last Bridge.
He believes it is a token of safety.

Company crosses the River Hoarwell/Mitheithel.
Walk to Rivendell 358m/576.1km
359/577.8 1 Turn north from the Road. Enter the steep lands of the Trollshaws. They can see ruined walls and towers frowning down.
Reached: 2018-May-27
362/582.6 3 Hills quickly shut them in. Difficult going. Camp.

This year’s distance has now passed 580km, during the last trail run I hit 576.1km matching Day 21 (7th from Weathertop) reaching the Last Bridge the sole location to cross the River Hoarwell, that the Elves call Mitheithel. Fearing the bridge held against them, Aragorn finds that Glorfindel has left his token, a green beryl, on the Bridge.

❝Next day, early in the morning, they came down again to the borders of the Road. Sam and Strider went forward, but they found no sign of any travellers or riders. Here under the shadow of the hills there had been some rain. Strider judged that it had fallen two days before, and had washed away all footprints. No horseman had passed since then, as far as he could see.
They hurried along with all the speed they could make, and after a mile or two they saw the Last Bridge ahead, at the bottom of a short steep slope. They dreaded to see black figures waiting there, but they saw none. Strider made them take cover in a thicket at the side of the Road, while he went forward to explore.
Before long he came hurrying back. ‘I can see no sign of the enemy,’ he said, ‘and I wonder very much what that means. But I have found something very strange.’
He held out his hand, and showed a single pale-green jewel. ‘I found it in the mud in the middle of the Bridge,’ he said. ‘It is a beryl, an elf-stone. Whether it was set there, or let fall by chance, I cannot say; but it brings hope to me. I will take it as a sign that we may pass the Bridge; but beyond that I dare not keep to the Road, without some clearer token.’❞
J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring

The next major mile stone is coming up at 632.4km when we meet the Stone Trolls.

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #269 – Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe
❝ Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor best known for his role as Harry Potter in the film series of the same name. He made his acting debut at 10 years of age in BBC One’s 1999 television film David Copperfield, followed by his cinematic debut in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama. At age 11, he was cast as Harry Potter in the first Harry Potter film, and starred in the series for 10 years until the release of the eighth and final film in 2011. …❞wikipedia

Ok, we all know about the Harry Potter thing, but did you know he raps? I didn’t until a karaoke incident on the weekend.

Time for some music …
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This weeks links (2018-05-21)

In brief:

* The hard science behind surviving a zombie attack (2018-May-22) [Pursuit]
When it comes to surviving a plague of infectious zombies, there is safety in numbers. And failing that…run like a bat out of hell.

* The relentless rise of the entitled motorist (2018-May-22) [Sydney Morning Herald]
In Australia, the rise of the entitled motorist is ceaseless; and only one group has managed to stem that entitlement in any measurable way. Cyclists are the beneficiaries of the campaign to force motorists to keep a metre’s distance from any bicycle. There is no outstanding, memorable campaign – equivalent to campaigns such the A Metre Matters project conducted by the Amy Gillett Foundation – to save pedestrians, although they are at greater risk on our roads than cyclists, far greater.

* #TheWanderer [Maine, USA]

* Digital skills for life (2015-May-22) [scouts.org.uk]
Today we’re launching a new partnership between the Scouts and the Raspberry Pi Foundation that will help tens of thousands of young people learn crucial digital skills for life.

* The Scout Association | Raspberry Pi (2018-May-22) [scouts.org.uk]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Making things with technology can help young people learn how to solve problems, build resilience, help their communities and express themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation now runs the world’s largest network of volunteer-led computing clubs (Code Clubs and CoderDojos) and creates free educational resources that are used by millions of young people all over the world to learn how to create with digital technologies.

Running:

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Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #268 – 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

2018 Eurovision Song Contest
❝ The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and marked the first time the event took place in Portugal. Held at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, the competition consisted of semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and the final on 12 May 2018. The three live shows were hosted by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah, and Catarina Furtado.
Forty-three countries participated in the contest, equalling the record of the 2008 and 2011 editions. Russia returned after their absence from the previous edition, and for the first time since 2011, no country withdrew from the contest. ❞
wikipedia

Most importantly, how did your drinking games go? 🍻 🍻 🍻 🍻

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Mother’s Day Classic 2018

Event: Mother’s Day Classic – Melbourne
Distance: 8km
Date: Sunday 13th May 2018
Location: Alexandra Gardens / The Tan
Organised by: Mother’s Day Classic

Established in 1998, the Melbourne event, along with Sydney, is the founding MDC event, and today attracts the biggest field of all MDC events.
Now in its 21st year, the Melbourne event has made a major contribution to breast cancer research.
The Mother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run and walk raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Our aim is to deliver a fun, healthy and inspirational community event that brings the community together on Mother’s Day to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.
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This weeks links (2018-05-14)

In brief:

* At Last, Scientific Proof That Eurovision Makes People Happier (2018-May-11) [Newyorker]

* Amanda Palmer: Hands up! I have a picture of a toddler, and I’m not afraid to use it (2018-May-11) [blog.mozilla]

Running:

* MTN OUTHOUSE NEWS – Ep.92

Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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[FAQs] Trail Running Gear

“What do you use?” This is probably the most asked question, so it is time to try and write some of it down. last updated 2018-May-10

Ultra & trail running can demand a lot of gear, especially if you’ve signed up to a race with varying conditions and mandatory gear. Running gear really falls into the “it depends” category, but generally choose “what’s comfortable”. Even though we all start with a common base concept, I think everyone has a custom kit – and race specific kits; UTA vs Wonderland vs Buffalo vs Afterglow.

❝ … and did not take those annoying trail race required items such as a space blanket, small first aid kit, proper waterproof jacket or shell, gloves(!), and waterproof pouch for phone and other items. Because… well, who would, right? … Flash floods, and my partner getting near-drowned, my shoulder dislocating, and a full bicep tear just wasn’t on the roster, if memory serves. And therein lies the point. Those annoying items that race organisers insist we carry? I’ll be keeping those in my pack from now on. ❞
Surviving a flash flood in the Drakensberg (2018-Mar-22)
[TRAIL magazine South Africa]

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