Bike (109/365)

by Lee Santiva April. 19, 2019 306 views
Man carrying bike up Zugspitze mountain (zoom in)

Man carrying bike up Zugspitze mountain (zoom in)

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.

Man carrying bike up Zugspitze mountain (zoom-out)

Man carrying bike up Zugspitze mountain (zoom-out)

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!

Rock climbers on the Zugspitze

Rock climbers on the Zugspitze

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.

Top of the Zugspitze mountain

Top of the Zugspitze mountain

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?

or ...

...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

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Camellia Staab 2 years ago

I like your husband's story, not over thought. Your photos are great. Zugspitze mountain looks like a very nice place to visit but I doubt I would go there....way too high smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years ago

Thank you - it does seem the most likely explanation, he doesn't even have a helmet with him. My cousin is "scared" of heights but she came with -the pictures are from that day back in August last year. Only the cable car ride was a problem, once we were on "solid ground" and she didn't get too close to the railing, she was OK and enjoyed it, so you never know. But I respect people's fears like of heights, it's a real thing.

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Olga Helys 2 years ago


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Lee Santiva Replied to Olga Helys 2 years ago

Thank you Olga

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Björn Roose 2 years ago

My theory: everything for a crazy selfie. Maybe he just wanted to have a photo of himself with his bike on the Zugspitze ? smile

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 2 years ago

Hey Bjoern - that's possible, thanks for contributing to the list of explanations! Some people do crazy stuff

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Russell Smith 2 years ago

Hmmm . Training for a cross country trip coming up maybe to the Grand Canyon . Either way my hats off to him no way would I even consider that.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 2 years ago

HI Russell, thanks for commenting today! Did I understand that you are training for a cross-country trip? On a bicycle? That would be thousands of kilometers from South Carolina!
About 10 years ago I crossed the Alps on a mountain bike (regular, non-electric) with a small group. Everything in a backpack on my back (7 kilos) slept in mountain lodges, the whole nine yards. We spent 8 hours a day in the saddle, well, except for times we had to push or carry the bikes. There were some difficult sections where we had to shoulder the bikes uphill for almost an hour and that nearly killed me.

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Russell Smith Replied to Lee Santiva 2 years ago

I am not unfortunately I do not think my back would allow me to :( . My mother has though she has ridden from Washington to Maryland a couple of times .

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Bob Rosenberg 2 years ago

Hubby's theory is pretty good, but mine is that he "thought" that he could bike up there somewhere.  Some mountain bikers are awfully skilled and can seemingly ride over all kinds of rock and terrain.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 2 years ago

Hi Bob - thanks for commenting today! He doesn't have a helmut and the backpack looks a little to flat to be filled with protective gear. Yes, I've seen some of those you tube videos of very talented mountainbikers who do crazy things but I don't think this guy is one of them, they always have a go-pro on their helmut or a drone to capture their adventures....

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