Nui Dinh - new trail
This Sunday's 601st Run was a challenging new trail in the mountains of Nui Dinh with a midway point of serene beauty and a rather cute big rock - see photos below.
We disembarked at the start of the trail and welcomed back ‘Vulgar Bulgar and his better half’, ‘Sam on Hash and Little Rabbit’, and a second appearance from Gareth ‘Crazy German’ who
resides in the Philippines. Making up the excellent number of 44 runners were our regulars plus a handful (no pun intended!) of very welcome Hash Virgins.
Arriving a little later than expected at the start, it was imperative that all went no further than the defining point of the trail: ‘The Red Ribbon Bush’, to ensure they'd be able to complete the trail in daylight.
Yes, there were some steep climbs at times - but it was in a really beautiful mountain setting, successfully traversed by the vast majority of our Hashers.
It was past ‘dusk’ when the last of our Hashers arrived at the Circle location and celebrated their efforts with cool refreshments from the magical ‘Eskies’.
With the Circle being called in a location very similar to an ongoing Isle of Man TT race (google it - ed), the passing motorbike headlights were rather useful.
The run report always comes first, but with four Hares setting this trail and only two present, only they could be assessed - so our thanks go to Hares KFC and Mr Son who also helped ensure we had a super run.
With the trail rated a cool 9/10 by ‘Ronald Reagan’ and with shouts of "100%", we moved on to the ‘Returnees’. Welcome back indeed...
We had also some very nice words spoken by former Grand Master and returnee ‘Vulgar Bulgar’, and naturally our Virgins were introduced to VTH3. The traditional ceremonial potion of San Miguel or water being used was not easy to determine on this occasion as they look the same colour in the dark - but that did not phase our Biermeister ‘Ronald Reagan’ one bit!
With the ‘Down Down’ over and all comfortable in this week's ‘Pink Chariot’, we set off down the
The usual stories of real or imaginary happenings had already started when a sudden yell of, "We’ve left the banner behind!", brought our chariot to one of the slowest stops in history. "Mr Perpetual Motion" and relentless FRB ‘Terminator’ alighted and, in no time at all he returned through the darkness - triumphantly clenching VTH3's ‘Colours’.
The usual "international song festival" accompanied us back to base camp, Offshore Bar 1, where the eskies and "blue bin" were unloaded and laid to rest for another week.
Next Sunday's trail will be set midweek on and over Nui Lon, the "Big Mountain" here in Vung Tau. We'll see you then!
(see also http://yadi.sk/d/W2VWzQ4hC7vc8 for additional photos by Radio Wave)