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SMALL MOUNTAIN - International Women's Day: "Chaos Trail"
The 2014 International Women's Day "Chaos Trail" got underway with a fleet of taxi's ferrying our happy band of Hashers around Vung Tau Bay to the foot of the iconic "Jesus" peak on Small Mountain.
Hares Flying Finn and SamSon tried their best to ensure everyone understood the significance of the red and yellow markers - which would help nearly everyone (but not exactly everyone!) to survive the "Chaos" element of the trail.
And then it was "On On" up the 847 steps to the base of the Jesus statue. A "Hash Halt" was called at the top for everyone to catch their breath - and to also allow several masochists to climb the additional 133 steps to the lookout area on top of Jesus' outstretched arms.
We waited until everyone was ready for the descent then off we went, looking for the correct trail which was eventually found on the righthand side of the Jesus statue, Back Beach side. About 50 steps down to the trees and a second cannon appeared, so we were finally on the right track!
There was another "photo stop" part of the way down on the clifftop overlooking Back Beach and the East Sea, then down again through what's become affectionately known as "pig village" (for fairly obvious reasons - see photo gallery below), and on to Phan Chu Trinh via Hem 220.
It was somewhere around here that two Hashers (who shall remain nameless - ed.) managed to completely miss the trail - the general assessment being that they were running too fast and didn't see the yellow ("Wrong way, go back") markers!
But that small oversight almost went unnoticed amongst the "chaos" that ensued, with 15+ Hashers following at least 10 false trails along Phan Chu Trinh - one after the other, after the other, after the other..... Many left and right turns were guessed wrongly and the only way through it all was to follow the original Chalk Talk instructions, ie "Follow the red markers but don't follow the yellow". Perhaps "...and keep your eyes open" should have been included!
The correct trail was eventually realised and everyone managed to find their way to the corner of Phan Chu Trinh and Luong Van Can. From there, it was "a piece of cake" to head through town for 15 minutes to the Bach Dang end-point.
Many spring rolls and lubricants later, Leading Hare, duty Ring Master cum Hash Flash Flying Finn called on Maria to rate the trail - which she did with a more than acceptable 8/10. However, Mother Theresa and Kojak wanted to give 11 points because they were so impressed by the trail marking that effected the chaotic zigzagging along Phan Chu Trinh - so an "average" final score of 10/10 was agreed by the assembly!
More springs rolls and lubricants later, the Flying Finn produced his "piece de resistance" (it's French!) and welcomed all the ladies with a pink rose (each) - including the lovely Diana who, at just 11 years of age, was excused from giving him a "Pekka on the cheek" (sorry, couldn't resist that one - ed!).
And it didn't go unnoticed that the local cafe owner was also given a rose. Nice bit of "pre-emptive marketing", FF!!!
And so ended an extremely pleasant afternoon of Hashing, thanks to everyone involved but especially the Flying Finns for their preparatory labours during the week. Days like that just don't happen unless someone makes a major effort beforehand!
Hares Falcon, KFC and SamSon have marked a trail above Nui Dinh Lake - so be early for registration on Sunday (2 pm) because there are only 29 seats on the bus!
Hares: Flying Finns (Pekka & Irene), SamSon
Hash Flash: Flying Finn