"Along the road to Mogilev, the Swedish army advanced among smoldering houses and barns. On July 9 , the army reached the town on the River Dnieper, then the frontier of Russia itself. ... The campaign was now practically over. All the great river barriers had been crossed. Smolensk was 100 miles to the northeast, and 200 miles beyond Smolensk lay Moscow." - p. 462.
I'm now halfway through this book and for me, it is akin to scaling Olympus. The climb is challenging, yet exciting, with the promise of reaching the summit and beholding, like a Colossus, the wonders of Nature below with new eyes.