Pensioner Rides Wheelchair 125 Miles to Propose

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2009 3:55 PM CDT
A 67-year-old German pensioner rode his wheelchair more than 125 miles to propose marriage, and was turned down. Police found him lying in a corn field.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Lovestruck in northern Germany, a 67-year-old pensioner traveled more than 125 miles in an arm-powered wheelchair to propose to the woman he loved, Der Spiegel reports. When she turned him down, he turned around for the 4-day journey home and stopped in a cornfield for food. But he couldn't get back in his wheelchair. So he called for help on his cellphone.

Placed back in his wheelchair by police, the hearty senior hit the road again. "What makes this story even more funny but also even more tragic, is that the corn he wanted to eat was not even edible," said a police spokesman, who added that the man was sane but disappointed over his rejection. "He must have immense upper body strength."