I wish I knew the story behind this photo. It fascinates me.
Today is Good Friday a holy day for Christians. The struggles of this man carrying the heavy bike remind me of Christ carrying his own cross. I'm not particularly religious, but it seemed appropriate image today.
This man is carrying a bike where no bike is supposed to be.
Germany's Zugspitze peak is at 3000 meters. For the man in the photo to get to this point, he must have taken the cogwheel train to the last station and then hiked across the Platt.
The Platt consists of loose glacier rock with a consistency of quicksand but not as dangerous. You sink in ankle-deep when you are hiking. He could not have even pushed his bike through it, he must have carried it, for at least one hour!
As you can see from photo #3 he's lucky he took the stairs. It would have been even harder to do rock climbing with that heavy bike on his back.
At the top there are viewing platforms, some tables and benches and the cable car station. No place to ride a bike.
What do you think is the story behind this photo?
Did he really think he could ride his bike on or down this mountain?
Did he lose a bet?
...and this is my husband's theory...
he rode his bike to the cogwheel station in Garmisch which is at the base of the mountain, realized he had forgotten the lock for his bike and decided to take his bike with him