MAY 8 2022
LONG SON ISLAND
Hares: Mr. T, Chippy, Have-A-Chat, Secs
Hash Flashers: Have-A-Chat, Chom Chom
Walking into Tommy’s bar for run 1007, it was lovely to be greeted by so many new faces, along with returnee hashers. It’s refreshing to watch the hash numbers recover. Covid 19 restrictions prevented so much activity, but thankfully all is now looking good again. With the numbers up, the eskies are getting heavier, mostly filled with that amazing Saigon Chill which we serve at -2 degrees.
As the bar filled with hashers, the eskies were transported onto the bus with Mr Stu in full energy mode, all were on board in quick time. Then it was time for the bus to pull away. So at 1:30 we found our seats as the bus pulled off. As the bus took its forth left turn, we found ourselves surprisingly back once again at Tommy’s with a young lady on route to the bus from the bathroom. No hasher shall be left behind, be it lost on a mountain or delayed on a toilet seat.
On route to Long Son we were driven, by a bus driver who has grown in all our affections. A short Journey of 25 minutes passed before we stood at the foot of the mountain. Mr T. Led us all from the bus as we circled up to listen to his direction. Then On On was shouted as we moved off along the trail.
For about 400 metres we moved through a flat stretch of forest until a sharp left started our 1km trek up through the forest. The initial portion of the day's trail took the hashers through some thick forest which offered the heartiest of us a good cardio workout. This really is the attraction of the hash, with virgin hashers Ben and Tim saying how much they enjoyed this part of the trail. On reaching the top Have A Chat was ready to flash the hashers for the week's video, with Chom Chom catching all from the rear.
Next, It was down and down as the trail ventured through a charming bamboo region of the forest. This portion of the trail set its own challenge, as everyone kept their balance as they manoeuvred through some tight spaces. This area of the forest is filled by natural bamboo that curves to form a cave like structures which we admired as we passed through it. Lots of photos and short videos were snapped along the way here.
At the bottom there was a right turn in a forest opening which saw many of the group catch up and prepare for the next stint of the trail. The trail followed a flat path, until a challenging up and up demanded all to climb. This was a tough climb for some, who were suffering from tired muscles. But everyone pushed on until the top was reached. Next, a large group stopped for photos as it was here that the first really scenic view for the day could be observed.
By now the mood was very upbeat, as the hashers playfully ran across the top of the mountain to help the video become more eventful. After a short trek along the top, it was time to descend once again. As the sun became less intense, we faced into a westerly scenic direction, as we ventured along our way. Then, at the bottom, we climbed an old ladder which led us into a stone quarry and from there we followed a narrow stretch of road through a very friendly village. As we walked along, the dogs barked, while the friendly villagers presented us with fruit. Miss Vy was given some giant mangoes which were later eaten at the down-down.
Finally we traipsed in, in two’s and threes, to start an exciting down down. The beers were going down far too easily, as a hungry thirst had been building all day long. The food for the day would be a special chicken cooked with honey and a green sticky rice. The hash was very generous on the day, and many feasted for quite a while. The circle lasted but a short while, as virgins and returnees were welcomed to a chorus of drink it down down down. Then far too quickly it was time for us to be on our way again. The bus now pointed at Vung Tau, we moved off with drinks in hand. On return, a splendid night was had by all at Tommy’s bar, as the entertainers were enjoyed by all. Run 1007 would be remembered by all as a great day out.
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