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Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

20312 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, Washington 98070 USA

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“literally a tree with a bicycle in it”

A young boy’s lost bicycle has led to a unique piece of natural roadside art on Washington state’s Vashon Island, over 50 years later. Traveling off of Vashon Highway, about 50 feet into the woods behind the local Sound Food Café, travelers will come across a peculiar site – an intact, 1950s-era bicycle embedded into a tree. In 1954 Helen Puz had been recently widowed when she received the bike as a gift from someone in the community, according to Discover Washington State. “People were very sympathetic and generous,” Puz reportedly wrote in a document on display at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum. “We were given a girl’s bike and my 8-year-old son Don seemed the natural one to ride it.” But Don Puz was none-too-pleased to be cruising the island, which is nestled between Seattle and Tacoma, on a girl’s bike. One day he told his mother that he had lost the bike, and given that it was built for a girl, they decided to let it go. It wasn’t until decades later that Helen Puz, now 99, found out what happened to her son’s bike when she read in the local Beachcomber newspaper that someone had discovered the bike five feet high in the air, embedded in the tree. The tree had grown around it.

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Reviewed by
evaristu

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 31, 2014
Rated 3.0

Not much of the bike anymore but the island is just beautiful and the homemade cookie that I got next to where the bike is was delicious.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SummerGaleVanWagoner

  • 18 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 10, 2016

We almost missed it! Across the street is a Park and Ride bus stop. Luckily, a teen named Seth (who asked us if we were Off-Islanders, lol) knew where it was and walked us across the street to it. The path isn't marked, and I would have walked right past it had he not pointed it out. It isn't more than 10 steps beyond the edge of the trees. I should have taken a pic of the area surrounding. If you park at the park and ride, just cross the street and go to the right a bit.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
msalisonfaith

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 22, 2013

Berkley Breathed's story "Red Ranger Came Calling" is centered around the bike in the tree :) I grew up reading that story every Christmas and my family eventually went to see the actual bike.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
mikejcsauer

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 29, 2013

That is interesting... It'd be so cool to see a time lapse of that actually happening. A 50 year time lapse... It's almost sad. Poor bike.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
david.lodge1

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 29, 2013

I've heard two different versions to this story and am wondering which is correct. The version I heard was a soldier going to war parked his bike under a tree. He was killed in action and the bike left there as a type of memorial.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
m_g13

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 29, 2013

Haha. People on Tumblr believe a boy in germany went off to war in 1914 and never came back

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
victoria.kelly

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 10, 2013

http://www.craigboyce.com/w/2012/07/bike-in-tree-vashon-island-the-real-story/

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
asmith2989

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 10, 2013

sounds like BS to me

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

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March 30, 2016
Rated 4.0

This is the kind of thing that you have to see to believe... but it's totally real. There are tons of stories as to how this little red bike wound up in the tree, but either way, stop and take some pictures.

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Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

20312 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, Washington
98070 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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