27 JAN 2019
BIG MOUNTAIN - "Up the power lines down to the Bia Hoi"
Hares: Boozer, Snail, Double Two, Flying Finn
Hash Flashers: Kojak, Secs
After last week’s mammoth turnout of 75, this week we have 44 Hashers convening at Uno Coffee to register for a trail on Big Mountain. We are informed to make our way to Paci Bia Hoi where we will start the run. Once we have reconvened, lead Hare, Boozer, tells us to walk to Vi Ba via Le Ngoc Han where he will relay the rest of our instructions.
With a spring in our step we make our way through the streets of Vung Tau until we turn off to the left at the end of Le Ngoc Han street and climb up the steps to Vi Ba. Once we have all caught up with each other, Boozer proceeds to deliver the rest of the chalk-talk. Follow the Vi Ba road until we come to a temple where we will head off to the left and follow the power lines to the top of the mountain, then follow the red ribbons until we come out again on Vi Ba. Go back down Vi Ba until more red ribbons will indicate a right turn that will take us down to the White Palace and then make our back to the Bia Hoi.
So, On-On, we go, and it soon becomes apparent that this is no easy trail. The steep road up to the temple is already an arduous task and there were a few incredulous gasps from our Hashers as we left the temple road and began the near vertical ascent following the electricity pylons. It’s a rocky climb, luckily some kind soul has installed guide ropes to pull ourselves over the larger boulders.
As we reach the top, a sense of satisfaction overwhelms us as we finally emerge at the perimeter of Ho May Park - the perfect spot to take a seat and breath in spectacular unfettered view of Vung Tau. Recovered, and realising the hardest part if the trail is now complete, we follow the red ribbons into the forest. The trail takes us across the top of the mountain and affords more spectacular views until we are back on Vi Ba.
We pass the Ngoc Mia stalls (with a few Hashers stopping for sustenance) and make the pleasant stroll down until a smiling Boozer greets us and indicated the right turn down to the White Palace. From there it’s an easy walk back to the Bia Hoi.
Back at the Bia Hoi we are treated to a veritable feast of delights including Mother Teresa’s legendary sandwiches - and the conviviality begins. The Bia Hoi isn’t conducive for a formal Circle, but Ringmaster Boozer does an excellent job of welcoming everyone and then, after we take the team photo, we invite perennial Hasher Chippy to celebrate her birthday with us. Happy Birthday Chippy!
More conviviality ensues including an especially convivial Conga Line - much to the bemusement of the other patrons.
And so the party and vigorous dancing continued…..
Until next week...