NOVEMBER 27 2022
BIG MOUNTAIN (CAMBODIAN TEMPLE)
Hares: Secs, Chippy, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom, Have-A-Chat
A mix of blue sky and fluffy white cumulus made for pleasant Hashing weather as we paid our fees for Run 1036 at Nắng Vũng Tàu, (5 Le Ngoc Han, Ward 1) on Sunday. Mr T was surprisingly inundated with an unexpected 51 Hashers for a local run, but still managed Hash Cash with typical aplomb!
We posed for the group photo and video then climbed aboard a fleet of tourist carts to zip silently up Le Loi and around the corner to Tran Phu Hem 750, where we dismounted for the Chalk Talk by Secs: “Up the steps to the Cambodian Temple then continue up to Ho May Park Road (Tran Phu Hem 444). Cross into the jungle and follow red tapes around the southern side of the Ho May Park fence to Vi Ba, then down past the coffee shops and turn right into the first temple grounds and down to Tran Phu; turn left to go under the cable cars and left again on Le Ngoc Han to complete A-A circuit for Down Down at the start point: Nắng Vũng Tàu.”
So “On on” we went: a fairly rugged climb starting with several hundred steps then a steep jungle track up to Ho May Park road. We crossed the road, and the marker tapes led us into deep undergrowth and around the HMP fence to Vi Ba, where many Hashers took a short ‘breather’ to enjoy the splendid bay views and cool mountain breeze while posing for and/or taking the inevitable photos.
Then it was “On on” again past the coffee and nuoc mia stalls, down through the temple and eventually back to Nắng Vũng Tàu for the best view of all: a welcoming row of blue and white eskies full of ice cold Saigon Chill, softies and water!
The usual socialising continued in the outdoor courtyard as we feasted on banh mi’s and refreshing drinks until Duty Ringmaster Have-A-Chat called the Circle.
Hares Chippy, Mr T and Secs were enthusiastically commended with high marks (29/30) for today’s trail; 6 Hash Virgins were welcomed (including two of Sacha’s countrymen from a region that’s apparently -10C at the moment!); and Uncle gave a rendition of the new Saigon Chill song (to the tune of kids’ favourite: “Hey diddle diddle, the cat had a fiddle…”) – see ‘PS’ below this report.
The Circle welcomed Big Mac, Bob and two other returnees (one in, one out!); as well as Johnny Walker, a cannily-named visitor from Phnom Penh Hash (“canny” because JW is a famous alcoholic drink and Hashing usually involves walking and drinking – geddit?).
Then it was ‘any other business’ and several newcomers became proud owners of VTH3 t-shirts; Secs promoted our YouTube account and sponsor The Office (Monday Quiz night, Wednesday Killer Pool, Friday free cheese and biscuits with olives and Branston pickle!). Reardo purchased another jar of Chippy’s homemade granola (in a word: “delicious”!); and we were all reminded to help mismanagement arrange sufficient food and drinks each week by registering our intent to participate as early as possible (Not on the mailing list? Click here to sign up for our mailing list, and you’ll receive all the latest news and announcements every week).
And finally, Secs confirmed that we’ll mark VTH3’s 30th anniversary with a local trail on Christmas Day to give everyone time to go home, ‘redecorate’ and return to Nắng Vũng Tàu for a celebratory banquet – more details in due course!
In the meantime, also watch this space and our facebook page: @VungTauHHH for details of next week’s Run 1037, which will be an away trail.
PS A tribute to sponsor Saigon Chill:
Hey diddle diddle, Hash Cash in the middle,
we’ll all run up the hill.
We’ll have some fun then finish the run,
and drink all the Saigon Chill!
RUN 1036 GALLERY
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