Saturday, March 25, 2017

The real story behind this Iron hoarse/bike chained to a tree

  Xpresstz       Saturday, March 25, 2017
Bike In Tree Vashon Island, Bicycle TreeWe have all observed this photo on the web a thousand circumstances. A story of a fellow that went off to war and left his bicycle against a tree.

He stayed away forever from the war so his folks left it there as a dedication. We know this story, isn't that so? You need to love the web for its whimsies and this story is another case (recollect the catfish that gulped a Nazi?).

The feature itself is the greatest intimation – the USA did not enter WWI in 1914. It entered in 1917. They additionally never sent young men off to war – resembles a 10 years of age bicycle.

Besides – this isn't a bicycle from the early piece of the twentieth century. So lets observe the genuine story behind this photo.

Vashon Island Bike Tree.We don't need to backpedal to 1914 for the start of this story – in truth we simply need to backpedal to the 1950s. This is a bicycle from the 1950s and it have a place with a 8 years of age kid called Don Puz. As indicated by The Seattle Times.
The story of how the bike came to be in the tree is told by a retired King County deputy sheriff, Don Puz, who now lives in Kennewick. The only bike he rides now is a stationary one. He grew up on the island and lived here until 1992. Puz tells how, in 1954, his dad died in a house fire, leaving his mom with five children.
The island came together and donated various items to get the family going again.
Among those items was a bicycle for young Don. “I never liked the bike. It was like a tricycle, but with two wheels. It had hard rubber tires and skinny little handlebars,” he says. Puz says eventually the family moved to a home near what became Sound Food, but which then was a swampy area. “We liked playing there, catching polliwogs. We’d get into ponds and mud. It was a good place,” he says.Sometime in the mid-1950s, says Puz, he forgot the bike in that swampy acreage and never bothered to get it back. Good riddance.
Then, in 1995, when visiting a sister still living on the island, she took Puz to see the local landmark. “The first words out of my mouth were, ‘That’s my bike!’ ” he says. “There was no doubt in my mind.” He still holds no love for the bike or its current decrepit state. Says Puz, “A bike itself doesn’t have any feelings.”
“I don’t think I own it anymore,” Don Puz says a little wistfully, a little bit in awe, perhaps, of how time makes up its own stories. “I threw it away a long time ago. I think the tree owns it now.”
There are tourists who make a special ferry trip just to see this peculiar attraction, on this island with the unofficial slogan, “Keep Vashon Weird.”

It has now become a major tourist attraction and also a target for souvenir hunters and very littler remains of the bike. Local are trying to keep it alive by replacing the stolen parts but it is getting harder and harder to find replacement parts for a bike this old.  How the bike ended up in the tree probably wasn’t a case of a young fir sapling growing under the bike and swallowing it, says professor Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh, of the University of Washington’s Department of Biology.“That bicycle would have been too heavy for a young tree,” she says. More likely, says Van Volkenburgh, when the tree was older, “somebody hung that bicycle on the tree. 
The BBC reported: A spokeswoman from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park said: “The mature sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) has significant cultural and historic heritage which is recognised locally, regionally and nationally. “The tree has been recorded on a number of veteran tree surveys such as Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust 2013 and Woodland Trust ‘Ancient Tree Hunt’ 2009.” The Park Authority says a tree preservation order would protect the tree in the event of any future change in land use in the area.

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