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24 April 2016
BIG MOUNTAIN - Waterfall trail and a vanishing Russian Hasher!
Hares: Cousin, Basil
Hash Flash: Cousin. Circle photos: Tiger
Today’s trail is local, based on a request from last week’s Hash. However, the Hasher who requested it wasn’t here! But we fortunately have plenty of Hash Virgins who join us, and a surprise returnee, Taffy.
Basil start the Chalk-Talk at Hon Ru Ri because when they reach Vi Ba street, there is no shade to cover Hashers while listening to Chalk-Talk.
He explained that the trail starts on Vi Ba street, then go left and turn right after the pagoda to climb up the mountain track, then turn left at the plateau crossroads to go around and under the cable cars and keep going until you reach the broken road near the top of the mountain. After that it’s a stroll down the road until follow the red tape and go down and through one of Vung Tau’s famous historical buildings, White Villa.
Chalk-Talk finished, it was “On On” to Vi Ba. Junior Hasher Oggy with his new friends Matt and John are fast following the other Hashers; however, John worry about his mother so he walk slower.
When we start climbing the mountain, a group of teenagers follow the Hashers but they don’t know whether the trail Hashers climb will lead to their destination. When they ask, they realise they not on the way to their destination so they quickly turn back.
The Hash Virgins who climb this trail feel tired because they never usually exercise this hard like Hashers, plus the weather is hot so more water was consumed.
We were relieved to pass the hard part and follow the trail under the cable cars, with a clear view of Front Beach and Small Mountain. The Hash Virgins took this chance for a photo.
We also catch up some exercise folk who always use this trail for exercise.
As we come out to the broken cement road, it is an easy walk down to White Villa. So Basil headed there first and left the Virgins to take their time coming down to White Villa.
However, it is a long time waiting at the White Villa, so Basil go back to Hon Ru Ri to make sure the drinks from our sponsor San Miguel are being consumed by our Happy Hashers after the work-out.
After the group photo was taken by Hash Flash Cousin, SamSon then donned the chain of office to start the Circle and the Hash Virgins arrived at the same time!
A welcome message from Ringmaster and Hares Basil and Cousin were called to the Circle. The Hares chose Rajah to rate the trail.
A good trail and with hot weather, he give a 9.9/10, and the Circle agreed.
Then with Hash Virgins Ms Thu who contacted Mismanagement about the Hash, Ms Hoa, Ms Thu with her kids Matt and John, Ms Luyen and Ms Lien who found the Hash themselves, so Down Down for all, and welcome to the Hash!
Then Returnees Taffy and Ms Linh with excuses “Holiday” and “Busy”, so only Ms Linh with not a good excuse so she has to wear the tube.
Then Sinners, the four ladies who arrived late for the Circle: Ms Thu, Ms Luyen, Ms Linh and Ms Thu.
Announcement to the Circle that today is ever-present Rajah’s last Hash with VTH3, because he must go back to Singapore for work. Ringmaster has a present for him to always remember the Hash, and we hope to see him again.
Finally, an announcement about next week’s Joint Hash with Saigon Hash (SH3). The trail we all choose is Minh Dam secret zone, and if anyone would like to join SH3 after the run and continue to Ho Tram and camping overnight with another run on Nui Dinh on the Monday (all at additional cost), they are welcome to tell SH3 their name and they will try to arrange transport back to Vung Tau when they return to Saigon after Monday's run.
We’ll meet again on Sunday at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start at Hon Ru Ri floating restaurant – about 30 metres east of the Ho May Park cable car complex on Tran Phu (see website home page for details).