Okay, so 3½’ to 5’. We’ll say Folca is 4’ then.
The first four days go well.
We ride down the main stone road from Minas Tirith to Osgiliath. Today it is gleaming white and speaks of the current good times, despite the ongoing wars. The City of Osgiliath is still rebuilding but along the road it is thriving and sounds of construction can be heard in every direction. The New Bridges are not only magnificent, but the recently built new Bridge to Ithilien includes a wondrous Stone and steal counterbalanced drawbridge.
Renee explains to the group, but Thoroncir already knew, “This is a design of Gimli’s. He was happy do supply the design as a gift and of coursed it employed the best Dwarves and Men 8 years to complete. The River itself provides the power to raise and lower the span and power the tall tower clocks you see at the peek. Gimli believes it to be the most accurate clock ever built. At least here in Middle Earth.”
A ride through the woods of Ithilien proceeds in peace and many travelers are passed in both direction. Most amazing is the sight of a Mûmak pulling a huge laden wagon and escorted by 20 heavy cavalry and 20 horse mounted archers.
Caramir and Captain Helton ride over to give greeting. When they return, it is explained that King Ellesar has taken a company of Mûmakil warriors into service and that he captured a dozen more to be spare beast and work animals.
The party heads north in peace, the valley between the woods and mountains of Ephel Dúath has several inns along the way and some farms. This is quite a sight within easy viewing of the shadows of Mordor. The road runs all the way to the slag mounds and close to where Morannon once stood and now a tall white pair of guard towers have taken their place.
Here the elves split off for their short trip to the Dead Marshes the wish you luck, but also appear pleased to be moving at their much greater pace.
The Road now extends northeast. Someday it will go to far Rhûn. We take it as far as we can to escape the shadows of the mountains. As we near the end about 30 miles east, we see a large tent city and a few dozen riders and strangely out of place siege towers with the symbol of the White tree and the seven stars.
Caramir and the Rangers along with any curious will ride up to see what is going on. This is a rode crew; it uses POWs from the war by day and orcs by night in extending the road. They are progressing roughly a half mile per day and thus will be done in roughly 3-5 years. The towers are designed to shine great lights down on the work area and are moved forward slowly during the day and night as the work progresses. They use clever magic light sources and magnificent magnifying lenses to aim the light. For many of the goblins the life is better than that they led in Mordor and for the humans, they are cared for and eventually earn their freedom.
We proceed at a about the 30 mile pace. We travel 8 days to where we will break off. We are now 11 days out of the city.
Caramir wishes all the best of luck, and remember if you need help, light a large fire.