JULY 3 2022
NÚI TÓC TIÊN
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Have-A-Chat, Chippy, Bull Ant
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Have-A-Chat
Report: Bull Ant
Run 1015, wow...what a day!
1pm at Tommy's and everything appeared to be normal, Hashers checking in paying their money to Mr. T ably assisted by Johnny, and Have a Chat and crew loading the eskies. News had spread as far as Saigon of our exciting new trail to Núi Tóc Tiên and this week we welcomed Spandex and friends from Saigon. Just as everyone was preparing to jump on the bus, a phone call was received advising us that the banh mi shop had forgotten to provide the sauce and salad for our banh mi's. So Have a Chat was off for his third trip to gather supplies. Eventually everything was in order and we were off, albeit 10 minutes late.
The late departure was the least of our concerns as we hit the highway along with a multitude of Saigonians heading home after their weekend in Vung Tau causing chaos on the road and delaying our trip further. Fortunately, our trusty bus driver Mr. Anh was able to navigate his way down alleys and back streets to avoid a lot of the congestion. It wasn't too long before we were nearing the honey factory which on Friday produced a smell that had a car full of Hares pointing fingers at one another. Strangely enough, there was no smell today which begs the question, who was it on Friday?
Only a stone throw from the honey factory, the bus would pull over and 42 Hashers would gather around Secs for the all important brief. Time was of the essence today as it was after 3pm and we had a long trail ahead for those wanting to make it to the 433m peak and back before dark. Brief complete, it was on on.
The first kilometre would see us venture through a maze like stone quarry with large machinery moving rocks from one point to another, and workers mandraulically breaking rocks. Once through the quarry it was into the jungle and up. And up. Approximately half way up the mountain we would be greeted by a very friendly monk who thankfully didn't request any kisses, but had a very good set up with solar panels for power, and a very nice look out complete with bamboo hand rails for support. He was very insistent in offering his "special" tea to everyone which probably contained the mushrooms he was drying on Friday. Whilst it looked like dirty water and most Hashers had a sip or two, one Hasher couldn't get enough of the stuff and after sculling the first glass, waited for the hallucinations to start. After a short wait, a disappointed Secs continued up the mountain.
With the view taken in and a few sips of the special tea it was on on to the peak. As we climbed higher, we were actually in the clouds making the forest look somewhat enchanted with the mist. With recent rain making some areas very slippery, the climb would be slightly challenging. Arriving at the top, Hashers were presented with one final hurdle, a large rock to scale to reach the 433m marker and a large viewing platform. Only the most nimble Hashers made the final climb, and sadly I can say the photos look great.
As the darkness was approaching, it was time for the descent. Luckily there was no shortage of bamboo to hang on to as we made our way down through the slippery mud. Because we were running out of time before we would be in complete darkness, unfortunately a lot of Hashers had to turn around before reaching the top.
The down down location was perfect. Being greeted by our Hash Liters, Faulty Brakes and Clarkes Lite who had unloaded all the eskies and did their best to empty them, it was time for Revive, beer, banh mi, and fruit. With the photo taken in almost complete darkness, it was time to board the bus...or was it? Reports started filtering through that we were missing two ladies. Our trusted warriors, Secs and Chippy, were off to search, while others continued to empty the eskies.
After a bit of a wait and some more beer, a motor bike approached carrying a very sore Ms Châu Long who had taken a fall and injured her ankle. Sincere best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to Hash Ms Châu Long. With everyone back, a head count was conducted by Mr. T and we were off back to Tommy's.
Even though this was a long day, it wasn't quite finished yet. The usual culprits would gather around the table at Tommy's for the down down down. Secs faced his second disappointment for the day when told all the pizza had sold out. So, it was beer and pies all round while we listened to our favourite Perfect Jive Duo.
As is always the case, another great day shared with great people. Thanks Hashers.
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