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This week I would like to continue with my theme ‘the Alps are stunning even when the weather is dull’ and introduce another couple of scenes from the German Alpine Way (‘Deutsche Alpine Strasse’). I would also like to also introduce you to a new ‘incentive to walk’ device and my team in a new RiskBusters fitness challenge.
Let us start with the Mountain views. To enjoy these you just drive down the Deutsche Alpine Strasse in the direction of Bayrischzell and you will not have to look very far. There are plenty of parking spots where you can leave your car, put on some good walking shoes and within minutes you will be closer to nature. Excellent Alpine cuisine is also close to hand.
The most exciting development during the last week was aimed at getting my colleagues to take up more exercise in order to help them work off their Winter reserves of energy stores (kept in strategically positioned fat deposits in key locations around the body). The RiskBusters’ team therefore embarked upon a ‘Pedometer Challenge’ in which each person aims to walk ten thousand steps a day for the next few weeks. This will require us finding about 2 hours of walking time every day. The effort will certainly be worth it from a health point of view and there may even be a few cosmetic benefits. My own team decided to adopt some of RISKKO’s alpine friends as mascots (“You are not just walking for yourself, but a small animal is depending on you not to let him, or her, down!). Here is a photograph of me with the Mascots and our shiny new pedometer near the local waterfalls.
…..and where better to start our challenge than to climb the local ‘path for poor souls’ (Armen Seelen Weg). Here is the sign and the entrance to the path.
The next few photographs are of the author and one of the ‘mascots’ conquering the poor souls’ path. When you see the steepness of the path and the rather sharp fall at the edge of the path I think you will realise why it got its name.
and finally another view from the Deutsche Alpine Strasse….