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BIG MOUNTAIN - Big Guns, and a new Down Down spot!
Hares: Flying Finn, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flash: Mr Tu Anh; Additional Circle photos: Terminator
This week, we were not able to book the bus for our scheduled away run since it was fully booked by devotees for the First Full Moon of the New Lunar Year. So today’s “Plan B” trail was set by Flying Finn and Faulty Brakes on Big Mountain (not Small Mountain as shown in the NEXT RUN box - sorry about that!).
When it was the time to leave Hon Ru Ri, co-Hare Faulty Brakes hopped on the “Hash Taxi” first with the eskies to carry them to Hem 542 near the Temple close to the Army Base, for the Circle and Down Down.
Then all Hashers were to go to Tran Phu 364, but somehow one taxi made it all the way to Hem 444 instead! Luckily they came back in plenty of time to join us.
We listened to the Chalk-talk and then it was “On-On” up the steps and all the way to the former Artillery Station while avoiding oncoming motor bikes.
We then continued on to the village above the Artillery Station, and along the concrete road. The magnificent view of Vung Tau City from up there is unique, and many photos were taken before we continued on our way.
Half way around, we spotted Hasher Viking taking some friends around the mountain; we said "Hi" to them and then continued on until we met Faulty Brakes who was waiting to direct everyone down the mountain.
Once we reached the temple, the eskies were there at the newly built parking lot, which is now our new off-road Down Down area for that trail!
After some delicious Russian food and tropical fruit, we started the team photo and then it was time to "Circle up".
After a welcome message and explanation from Ringmaster Basil why today wasn’t an away trail, we welcomed our Hares and a lot of Russians rated the trail: “Very good trail and beautiful scenery; a million dollar view”, was the vote. But there were some confusing markings in places (probably from other hiking groups, students, etc), so 9/10.
Hash Virgins introduced themselves: Mr Hieu, told about the Hash by Mr Tu Anh, and Mr Hieu’s shy young son, Harry, was also a Hash Virgin today.
We welcomed a Visitor from Saigon Hash, Overdrive, who is happy to be in Vung Tau. Then two returnees: Deanamo with excuse “Enjoying Tet” and Tiny Tim, “Holiday in Russia”.
Sinners: Skipper for inappropriate footwear and still unbuttoning his shirt despite Uncle presenting him with new buttons a few weeks ago(!), Mr Kim for his new shoes, and Overdrive because "free beer for all Sinners"!
We thanked today’s Foodies: Mother Teresa, Black Hawk and Tiny Tim for delicious Russian snacks and Ms Kieu Anh for lovely Vietnamese fruits.
Finally, confirmation that next week’s trail on Nui Dinh has already been set by Hares Flying Finn and Skipper. Also Basil will bring t-shirts and caps next week for anyone who would like to purchase them while there are still a few left in stock. The "700 runs" shirts are top quality, moisture repellant and 120k VND each; white, embroidered caps are 30k each - bargain prices!
We’ll meet again next Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.