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12 March 2017
BIG MOUNTAIN - another new trail for many!
Hares: Terminator, Mother Teresa
Hash Flash: Mr Tu Anh
Today, the weather is sunny but not at all very hot as we welcomed 30 Hashers at Hon Ru Ri for today's run.
Hare Terminator ran up ahead to Vi Ba road, and co-Hare Mother Teresa stayed behind to start the chalk-talk with translator Super Teen. We all walked up the steps of Hem 89 to reach Vi Ba and continue the chalk-talk. One Hasher arrived late but managed to meet us at Vi Ba (total 31 Hashers today).
Mother Teresa and Super Teen told us we would walk down a few kilometres to a temple, take the stairs up to another temple on the mountain, then follow red tape to a longer route under the electricity poles. Once at the top, we will walk around the side of the mountain and then down under the cable cars and take the White Villa shortcut to reach Hon Ru Ri.
“On-On” we go to the temple familiar with Returnees but not Hash Virgins. We took some time admiring the view and taking photos while Mother Teresa trying to tell everyone to keep going!
We walked to the second temple then followed the runners up to the mountain, then realised we were going the wrong way but Mother Teresa guided us back safely.
The trail led to the 'monks trail' and there were ropes tied tree to tree to create a handrail that helped Hashers go up the mountain.
Once at the top, we took lots of pictures and then headed down the mountain; then we had a choice to go under the cable cars or shortcut down to Vi Ba and White Villa. The last group chose the latter: we came down to Vi Ba, and walked to the White Villa trail to reach Hon Ru Ri where our ice cold San Miguels were waiting.
After some time, we were visited by Hon Ru Ri’s general manager (our generous host), which was the second time he's met the Hash face to face; but he unfortunately couldn't stay too long.
After the group photo taken by Mr Tu Anh, we started the Circle quickly because some people already had to go home.
A welcome message and congratulations for the trail completed, then we invited Hares Terminator and Mother Teresa into the Circle, and Flying Finn wished to rate the trail. “The trail is wonderful, or is it awful - who knows?" but he enjoyed every minute of it so the trail was rated 10+/10.
We welcomed new Junior Hasher, Nhan, and his cousin who invited him, Ms Kim Ngan. The other Hash Virgins had already gone home so a Hash Virgin song for Nhan was in order!
Let‘s bring back the Returnees: Ki Ki and Astro Girl with excuses they've been in “Swimming practice”; next Astro Mom and Aqua follow them to “Swimming lessons”; finally Kojak with “Lam viec” (work) as his excuse.
Of course Sinners: we welcomed Skipper with his inappropriate footwear and Tapio also from Finland. Gordon, a new Hasher, forgot to step in for the Circle earlier so he step in as a Sinner with his inappropriate footwear!
Announcement that we're still looking for sponsors for the 25th year/800 runs t-shirts, and everyone is invited to submit a design for the shirts - but finished art only, please, not just pencil drawings on paper (or "ideas") or we'll have to pay someone to produce the artwork and we always try to keep the prices as low as possible! All information and/or finished artwork to Basil or Uncle via email@example.com or the "Contact VTH3" page on our website please.
Also a recommendation from our exclusive beer sponsor, San Miguel, via Basil and Faulty Brakes to visit New Century bar (owner Michael Husbands) to sample any or all of four draft San Miguel beers: Pale Pilsen ("gold"), Light ("silver"), Cerveza Negra and Red Horse. San Miguel supports VTH3, so let's return their generosity by sampling their products at every opportunity!
And before we closed the Circle, an announcement that next week's run #777 has been planned: Flying Finn and Skipper as the Hares and Minh Dam is the trail (now changed to Local trail with Hares FF and Faulty Brakes because no bus available this week - see NEXT RUN box for updates).
So we’ll meet again next Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.