Vashon Island, Washington: Bicycle Eaten by Tree

Voracious fir tree has slowly absorbed a bicycle leaned against it. Local sheriff Don Puz says it was his bike, and he abandoned it in 1954 or 1955 -- but no one really knows.

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Bicycle Eaten by Tree

"Aunt Vy's" son Jim, a friend of Berkeley Breathed, has recently cleared out around the Bicycle Tree and repaired the bike. In addition, "Aunt Vy" has been given a copy of the "original" history of this fun Vashon legend by the woman who lived it and wrote it; copies are available at the Country Store and Gardens, across the street from the Bicycle Tree.

[Vy Biel, 02/11/2006]
Bicycle in a tree. Bicycle Eaten By A Tree

Bicycle being eaten by a tree. The bike has been vandalized. But it is still there, and quite a site to behold.

[Phil Pasquini, 07/17/2005]
Bicycle Eaten by Tree

A great destination for families whose children have read Berkeley Breathed's book,"Red Ranger Came Calling". This is the actual tree, engulfing the vintage bicycle, which inspired the story. The handlebars were removed by a (former) island author (guess who?)and hidden away until the day a big-time movie producer buys the rights to produce a film based on the book.

The "Aunt Vy" character in the book will autograph books if you visit her at her Country Store, across the street from the Bicycle Tree. You can't miss the Country Store. The Red Ranger book is sold there if anyone needs a copy!

[Lisa De Faccio, 09/20/2000]
Bicycle Eaten by a Tree

Last time we went to see the "bicycle eaten by a tree," some idiots had vandalized it and removed the wheel and anything else that they could. We were heartbroken. In 1994, Berkeley Breathed of Outland Comics fame wrote a beautiful little Christmas book about the bicycle and how it came to be. We sent the book to all our friends and relatives for Christmas with a photo of our girls in front of the tree! It made the best gift!

[Jackie Dunnegan, 01/25/2000]
Bicycle Eaten By Tree

On Vashon Island, Washington, a tree has eaten a bicycle. The bike, which must have been left in the branches of the baby tree many years ago, has been enveloped over the years. One wheel and the handlebars now protrude about 6 feet in the air.

[Trika Harms zum Spreckel, 03/18/1998]

Bicycle Eaten by Tree

Address:
Near 20312 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon Island, WA
Directions:
The bike tree is off of Vashon Highway (which runs between the Seattle and Tacoma ferry ports on either end of the island) on the northeast corner of the Vashon Highway and SW 204 St. intersection, about 50-60 ft (very rough guesstimate) into the woods on the north side of Sound Food Cafe.
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