18 JUNE 2023
Hares: Mr. T, Bull Ant, Chom Chom, Chippy
Hash Flashers: Chippy, Chom Chom
Ring Master: Chom Chom
Report: Bull Ant
Sunday again which means another fun filled day hashing in the sun...or does it?
As 1pm approached, it was time to head to the Hash HQ for the usual registration and preparation for a 1:30 departure. As usual, the eskies were loaded and then "right dressed" at the foot of the slope in readiness to load onto the bus. As the clock ticked past 1:30 pm, there was still no sign of a bus, which was a concern for some. Worry not though, as always, Chippy was on the phone and our bus arrived within 10 minutes. Like clockwork, the eskies and the Hashers were loaded onto the smaller than usual bus and departed only a few minutes late. This week our Hares have set a trail on the Nui Dinh mountains and with the combination of heavy traffic, forecast thunderstorms, and a late departure, this day had all the potential to be a long one.
After a couple of pick-ups at Gateway and Ba Ria we arrived at our starting point. Whilst we were a little later than usual, there were clear skies with no sign of rain or thunderstorms, so it was time for a detailed brief from Secs and on on. On on, and up up, within minutes we were at the base of a stairway. After 620 stairs we arrived at the first temple complex heavily populated with monkeys, a great source of entertainment for our hashing dog. Once through the temples, it was time to deviate from the path and head further up into the jungle until we surfaced at another path. This path would lead to the first of our scenic look outs for the day. Hashers were blessed with a clear view overlooking Ba Ria and Vung Tau. With the view taken in, it was time to head towards the next viewing point, which was possibly even more spectacular. From here we would start our descent towards the large temple with massive stadiums, stages, and big screens. Some hashers were fortunate enough to be greeted by some very friendly workers offering refreshments. This hasher in particular was very thankful for the ice-cold orange juice! With our trek through the jungle complete, the remainder of the trail would be along a road. With a nice flat surface, Hashers could be excused for thinking the biggest challenges of the day were complete...this was not to be. The first 300 metres of road felt almost vertical, making it difficult to put one foot 6 inches in front of the other. Once the steep hill was conquered, it was a relief and all downhill from there.
With most hashers returned, comfortably eating sticky rice and drinking various refreshments, there were some notable absentees. By this time, the forecast rain had arrived and it was torrential. Chom Chom, mini Chom Chom, and Secs were amongst those who had not returned. To the relief of many, who didn't think searching for anyone in the pouring rain was appealing, they returned. As darkness approached and rain continued, it was realised one hasher had still not returned! With a flurry of phone calls and messages, it was determined that Bishop had taken a wrong turn, claiming poor visibility due to the rain, and ended up in a completely different area. The bus was soon mobilised and Bishop was rescued. Whilst there were sinners a plenty, time and weather did not permit a circle this week, a blessing for some.
As the rain eased and darkness set in, it was time to pack up and head back. Once on the bus, the tunes started and the refreshments flowed. An incident and stop free trip back saw us arrive at HQ by 7:30pm, not a bad result considering. For the die hards, it was on on to Mr. C's for pizza and Saigon Chill...all in all, another great day.
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