12th Aug 2018
Small Mountain - "Through the Jungle"
Hares: Secs, Boozer
Hash Flashers: Secs
This week 14 men, 16 women, 4 kids, 2 hares and a puppy in a shoulder bag, met at Ho Ru Ri for an afternoon of fun, frolics and frevent exercise on Vung Tau’s Small Mountain. Our lead Hare, Boozer, informed us that we would head towards Phan Chu Trinh where we would discover a new route up to the Hai Dang Road via a temple (Tịnh xá Ngọc Hương).
We merrily On-On and, after navigating various construction hazards and the bustling Phan Bội Châu market, we meet Boozer and the other FRB’s coming back towards us. “Change of plan - the Temple gates are locked!” grins Boozer. A quick re-calculation in the mental SatNav and we are re-routed to Hem 23 Phan Bội Châu through the quaint houses that line a steep and narrow path up to Hai Dang. A phone call to Aqua alerts us that we have lost a couple of Hashers who missed the new turn off. We wait a few minutes for them to catch up and set off along smooth tarmacadamed Hai Dang Road. It doesn’t last for long and soon we are faced with the dilapidated steps leading into the jungle. It’s a short hike, and we emerge, mostly unscathed from the vicious barbed flora, onto the road.
We continue along the road enjoying the pleasant breeze and views. And then it’s in to the jungle again. Another steep climb, we futilely swat away mosquitoes as we clamber over inexplicable stone walls before jumping over a fence that brings us back on to Hai Dang Road. We make our way towards the Lighthouse before turning right at the famous Yogurt stall. Exiting out the back we find ourselves back in the jungle again but at least this time we are going down hill. Half way down we are greeted by another dilapidated set of steps where the welcoming breeze makes a perfect stop for some Hashers to take some respite with an impromptu picnic consisting of the yogurt from the aforementioned stall.
Back on the road until the familiar temple flags indicate we are nearly finished. We descend the many steps pausing only briefly to admire the views until we cut to the left for our fourth and final jungle walk. We soon emerge on Ha Long Road and the idyllic Cafe Uno awaits us with Ice Cold San Miguel and delicious sandwiches.
Some socialising, some mingling, some beer, some food and we are ready to do the team photo before Boozer blows on his whistle and calls to order the circle. As is customary the Hares, Boozer and Secs, are first in the circle and the audience is asked to rate the trail. A starting bid of 7 out 10 quickly rises to an excellent 15 out of 10.
A total of 6 Virgins this week all natives of Vietnam are initiated in to the Hash with the customary ice water dousing. Welcome to VTH3!
Returnees, Kojak, Ice Water and Velcro are invited to explain why they have been absent from the Hash. The usual excuses; working and taking care of family were given. Ice Water is nominated for the tube of doom and cup of shame. She takes it in her stride - only to be doused by the Ice Maidens.
Sinners next and Zidane is charged with “New Shoes”, Swanney for slipping up and falling over when delivering the eskies to Cafe Uno, and finally, Kojak for an unfortunate underwear incident - less said about that the better!
And thus ends another superb Hash day out in glorious Vung Tau. With a choke of his chicken, Boozer closes the circle and as the sun sets over the sea we bid farewell to our fellow Hashers - until next week. On-On!!
VTH3 #850 PHOTO GALLERY
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FROM KOJAK
5th Aug 2018
Big Mountain - "The Playing with Electric in the Rain Trail!"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Boozer
Hash Flashers: Secs
Ringmaster: Rain Stopped Play
Report: Chom Chom
I write this week's report from a rather crowded and uncomfortable Vietnam Airlines flight to the UK. This week saw 27 Hashers assemble at Hon Ru Ri for an as-yet, unknown trail on either big or small mountain. It was soon revealed by our hares (Mr. T, Boozer, Secs and Faulty Brakes) that we would be having another expedition on big mountain and returning to our HRR base for the Down Down.
After a very brief insight to the oncoming trail, we made our way to Tran Phu and turned right walking along the beach road. Shortly after a left turn was made into Quang Trung and a further left into Le Ngoc Han street where we continued until we reached the steps at Hem 89 and climbed up to Vi Ba. After a further quick overview of the trail, we proceeded to the right along Vi Ba.
We soon made a left turn escape from the main road into the wooded jungle and proceeded to make a climb up the mountain on the familiar “power-line” path. Unfortunately, at this stage, the rain had started and made the climb somewhat more tiring and uncomfortable. After several breaks for shelter and rest, our trusty group finally made it to the top of the mountain for a well-deserved refreshment stop.
From here things started to get easier, our descent took us down a narrow trail and we eventually met up with Vi Ba street once again. We took a right turn here on the main road and proceeded a short distance before returning back to the forest by turning left once we were on the White Place perimeter. A quick and slippery trail down soon brought us into the grounds of White Place and we followed their steps and paths back to Tran Phu and across the road, finally bringing us back to Hon Ru Ri.
The rain had well and truly set in at this stage so we kept cover as best as we could. The beer monitor Buddha had done a great job as ever keeping those Light and Gold San Miguels super-chilled (and they were this week!) together with a great range of soft drinks. Thanks to Boozer for his kindness and generosity in providing the always delicious cheese and ham sandwiches.
Due to the poor weather conditions, the circle was skipped this week. I doubt there were any virgins, returnees or sinners this week although it was heard that Alice was returning to Australia.
Another Sunday afternoon of fun, good company, drinks, exercise and lousy weather. Signing off until October...On On!
VTH3 #849 PHOTO GALLERY
2th July 2018
Nui Dinh - "A Tale Of Two Trails"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs,
Hash Flashers: Radiowave, Secs
Report: Faulty Brakes
At Hon Ru Ru 41 hashers boarded our hashmobile to head northwards to BaRia and Nui Dinh. There was a choice of 2 trails, one relatively easy by VTH3 standards and one which entailed a visit to 3 temples across across the top of the mountain range and considered tough.
These trails were set the previous Thursday by Secs, Mr T, Cleaver and the ever reliable Faulty Brakes.The forest trail group started at the end of the tarmacadam road, a popular Down Down location when we visit this area, proceeding down the road before turning left across the stream into the forest path. It wasn’t long before the heavens opened and despite a drenching everyone enjoyed this forest path which eventually led us to the lake and coffee shop before returning to our bus location.
The other trail was a different kettle of fish, starting up the steep concrete path straight to Temple 1 with various forays into jungle and with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and taking in two further temples before arriving at the Down Down location.The First hashers arrived home after 90 minutes and continued to come in up to 150 minutes later and for everyone who completed this arduous trail, give yourself huge pat on the back, congratulations well done!
Now it was time for the Down Down when everyone enjoyed our Sponsors generosity and downed copious quantities of Refreshing Sam Miguel and tasty Banh Mi to compensate for the previous exertions that afternoon.
Today was the birthday of Buddha our Beer Doctor and was duly celebrated with a large cake and everyone wished him well and with a chorus of Happy Birthday and Ringmaster Simon smearing Bazzer’s handsome face with cream set the tone for showtime.The Virgins, Returnees, Sinners and Hares were given their punishments for various misdemeanours.
The Ringmaster proceeded to entertain our hashers with music and song and because of the now fading light it was time board our bus and head for home. Zidane our musicologist had his music ready for our return journey, with hits from various decades and cultures including Russian Vietnamese and English, this disco bus had a surreal feel about it, and with one pit stop on the way, everyone appeared to have enjoyed another great day with VTH3.
Dropping off our Russian comrades at the Russian village and then back to base at Hon Ru Ri unloading our eskies and finishing today’s hash somewhat later than usual. Next week will be a home trail, remember to register before Sunday, this enables us to ascertain how much food to buy.
VTH3 #848 PHOTO GALLERY
22nd July 2018
Small Mountain - "Hon Ru Ri to Cafe Uno"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs,
Hash Flashers: Secs
This Sunday, after a morning of fickle weather, a massive 54 Hashers met at Hon Ru Ri for a trail on Núi Nhỏ or Small Mountain. Our lead Hare, Mr. T, announced that there would two prongs of attack. The group with motorbikes would follow him to our Down-Down place at Cafe Uno and then walk from there along Ha Long Road to Mr. Ket Coffee Shop at the foot of Hai Dang Road. The second prong would follow Co-Hare, Secs, directly to Mr. Ket. From there we are to follow the road towards the Lighthouse looking out for the red ribbons on the right that would take us off the road, into the jungle and up to the mountain road that connects two army bases. Follow the road until we reach a temple and take the steps down until we see red ribbons diverting us to the left bringing us through the undergrowth and out on to Ha Long Road right next to our Down-Down spot at Cafe Uno.
On-On! Under a blue sky with fluffy white clouds we march along Ha Long Road waving at our fellow motorbiking Hashers as they whizz passed us. As we arrive a Mr. Ket the weather proves its fickleness and we are treated to a light shower of rain. Donning rainwear we wait a few minutes under the shelter of a tree until the rain subsides and the sun reemerges from behind the clouds and we begin yomping up a now steamy Hai Dang Road.
We see the red ribbons indicating that we are to turn right and as we peer in to the dense jungle we see some dilapidated steps disappearing up the mountain. It is a tough but short climb as we desperately try to avoid the bloodthirsty, razor sharp, thorny vines that have taken over the ancient path. Emerging from the top we find ourselves on the very pleasant road that will take us across the mountain. The road takes us passed some quirky coffee shop, various caves that have been made in to shrines, some old military bunkers and magnificent views of Vung Tau.
Another shower as we reach the temple and make our way down the many steps until the red ribbons tell us to hop over the short wall and in the forest where the next obstacle course awaits. After ducking under trees, clambering down slopes and crawling under nets we soon arrive at the narrow Hem that take us back to Ha Long Road and we are relieved to see Cafe Uno right next door.
Cafe Uno provides an excellent environment to kick back, relax and socialise. Fantastic views of the sea, icy San Miguel and Banh Mi’s replete us as we await the remaining Hashers to return. However, we soon realise that something is not as it should be. Many of the motorbiking Hashers who started from Cafe Uno have yet to return and we are starting to get a little concerned. We needn’t have worried, one by one they saunter back and discover that upon arriving at Mr. Ket they took a wrong turn - instead of following the road the Lighthouse the went to the right looking for red ribbons, since there weren’t actually any ribbons on Hai Dang Road. All is not lost, stalwart Hasher, Aqua, put on her Hare Hat and guided her flock a different way across the mountain but ultimately joining the correct trail and bringing everyone back to Cafe Uno safely.
With everyone now assembled, we squeeze all 54 Hashers together for the team photo and then it’s time for Boozer to call the Circle to order. Hares Secs and Mr. T are front and center and the young master Robin volunteers to give the trail a rating of 10/10 - Boozer calls for any advance on 10 - and our Hashers eventually settle on a score of 15/10.
This week we have more virgins than we can count and they all introduce themselves - mostly hailing for Vung Tau. Sinners galore as we charge all the people who took the wrong the way across the mountain - Down! Down! Down! Down!
We thank our Foodies, Terminator and family, Golden Fish and Boozer for generously providing delicious sandwiches and fruit.
And we wrap up the Circle by reminding everybody the importance of registering before each run. Next week will be an away trail on Nui Dinh.
VTH3 #847 PHOTO GALLERY