The Walk to Rivendell : Cerin Amroth

Jan. 17 – Day 26: 32 miles
430/688 0 Continue on path.
Reached: 2019-Mar-09
448/716.8 18 Noon – In a clearing, meet an elf-company.
Blindfolds are removed.
Climb to the top of the hill of Cerin Amroth.
Can see all around. Stay there ca. 2 hours.
Reached: 2019-Mar-17

Continuing the journey from Rivendell to Lothlórien we reach the Cerin Amroth (716.8km).

❝ When his eyes were in turn uncovered, Frodo looked up and caught his breath. They were standing in an open space.
To the left stood a great mound, covered with a sward of grass as green as Springtime in the Elder Days. Upon it, as a double crown, grew two circles of trees: the outer had bark of snowy white, and were leafless but beautiful in their shapely nakedness; the inner were mallorn-trees of great height, still arrayed in pale gold. High amid the branches of a towering tree that stood in the centre of all there gleamed a white flet. At the feet of the trees, and all about the green hillsides the grass was studded with small golden flowers shaped like stars. Among them, nodding on slender stalks, were other flowers, white and palest green: they glimmered as a mist amid the rich hue of the grass. Over all the sky was blue, and the sun of afternoon glowed upon the hill and cast long green shadows beneath the trees.
‘Behold! You are come to Cerin Amroth,’ said Haldir. ‘For this is the heart of the ancient realm as it was long ago, and here is the mound of Amroth, where in happier days his high house was built. Here ever bloom the winter flowers in the unfading grass: the yellow elanor, and the pale niphredil. Here we will stay awhile, and come to the city of the Galadhrim at dusk. ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 6: Lothlórien

We now head to the end of this part of the journey to Caras Galadan (739.2) to meet with Galadriel.

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Sharpy’s Beer Run 2019

Event: Sharpy’s Beer Run 2019
Distance: 10
Date: Saturday the 16th March 2019
Location: Arthurs Seat
Organised by: Trailology

Starting and ending at the iconic Pig and Whistle Tavern on Arthurs Seat, Trailology proudly presents a 10km and 21km premium trail running event in celebration of the sacred bond between mankind, trails, running, and beer.
Choose a 10k meander through the beautiful state park, perfect for those new to trail running or wanting to simply enjoy the spectacular scenery and soak up the silliness that only this event can provide.
Or… take on the 21km course which not only adds a little distance but also some difficulty in terms of climbing and falling (I mean descending) to the route. Start either run with a carb loaded liquid energy drink (beer) at the start line before heading off to enhance your connection with the land, or skip the pre-run imbibing and wait until you cross the finish line to reward your reward-worthy effort. Or if you don’t drink at all, that’s fine, the Church of Trailology loves you anyway.
Enjoy the trails at your own pace, or challenge yourself for a position on the podium….

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This weeks links (2019-03-18)

In brief:

* John Oliver Defends ‘Egg Boy’ Against ‘Asshole’ Aussie Senator in Wake of New Zealand Mosque Shootings (2019-Mar-170 [Daily Beast]

❝ The real cause of Fraser Anning getting hit with an egg is Fraser Anning saying things that prompt people to throw eggs at him,” Oliver read from a statement, aping Anning’s. “He may be the victim today, but usually he’s a huge fucking asshole.” ❞





Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – The Black Museum – Single Episodes [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
“This is Orson Welles speaking from London.” (Big Ben starts himing in the background). “The Black Museum, repository of death… Here, in this grim stone structure on the Thames which houses Scotland Yard, is a warehouse of homocide, where everyday objects, a piece of wire, a chemist’s flask, a silver shilling, all are touched by murder.” (dramatic music)

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Autumn & Winter Microadventures

The microadventure was invented by British adventurer and author Alastair Humphreys.

❝ The whole point of microadventures is to make adventure fit around the constraints in your life, not the other way round. And so I hope that lots of people will commit to at least spending one night out in the wild once a season.
Four nights a year – spring, summer, autumn and winter: anyone can manage that if they want to. ❞ — Alastair Humphreys

🍂 Autumn – the three transition months March, April and May.
❄️ Winter – the three coldest months June, July and August.
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morgenfrisk (Danish, a.) /ˈmɒɒnˌfʁæsɡ /
feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep
fresh (rested, untired, energetic) in the morning

📷 Summer Solstice Microadventure

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2019-Mar-12 Scout Adventure Racing – Ruffey Lake

Event: Scout Adventure Racing – Ruffey Lake
Date: Tuesday the 12th February
Location: Ruffey Lake
Distance: Rogaine
Organised by: Scout Adventure Racing
Scout Adventure Racing is based on the popular sport of orienteering and provides walking, running and navigational training to Scouts, their parents and any other members of the public that want to come along and join in. Events are held in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne – on Tuesday evenings – during the daylight savings period (October to March).

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Wednesday Win (2019-MAR-13)

Ray Mears – Northern Wilderness (S01E01)
Ray Mears’ journey begins in the vast Boreal Forest at the heart of Canada. Ray explores the wonder of this special forest, learns about the people who called it home and unlocks the secrets of this forgotten world.

wilderness /ˈwɪldənɪs/

noun: wilderness; plural noun: wildernesses
an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.
Origin: Old English wildēornes ‘land inhabited only by wild animals’, from wild dēor ‘wild deer’ + -ness.

The epitome of pure wilderness: Sardinia
Sardinia has always been the epitome of pure wilderness, an emerald of volcanic origin in the Mediterranean. 1900 meters of coastline and an infinite maze of offshore islands. But Sardinia also has other facets: green valleys, rugged mountains, murmuring brooks, mysterious ruins and a unique fauna.

wilderness /wil-der-nis/
a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.

The Weight Of Mountains
We run for many reasons. We champion the runner’s high, the inclusive community, the purpose we find when we are deep in the flow. But what about the pressures? What about the aspects of life and running that seep into our sport and create problems? The Weight of Mountains can be difficult to carry alone, but we are not alone. We are never alone.

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