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Sunday 17 November 2013
PEKKA & IRENE'S CITY/LAKE RUN REPRISED
This week’s local run took nearly 30 eager hashers across town from Front Beach to Back Beach (almost!), and back again via the large, picturesque lake behind the GPO – a trail first set by visiting Finnish Hashers Pekka and wife Irene more than a year ago, and not revisited until today. In something unfamiliar to Vung Tau Hashers, the entire trail was flat – nary a hill nor step to negotiate.
Former VTH3 and now Ulsan (Korea) Hash stalwart Cap St Jacques returned for a brief visit, as well as Bibby Long Stocking making her first appearance; it was our pleasure to welcome them both.
Hot Dog collected the run fees in a very relaxed atmosphere before we all set off to “pound the pavement” around the city, edging closer and closer to Vung Tau’s answer to Hoan Kiem: the Lake of the Slumbering Porcupine!
With maps in hand, it would surely be only a matter of time before someone went the wrong way? Sure enough, three regular FRBs were the first to be spotted bypassing Hem 167 leading down to the lake, but today’s run was set as “relaxing”, so such a minor discrepancy as going the wrong way was easily overlooked!
A more alert group of 25 MSRs (mid-stream runners) ignored the FRBs and arrived at the lake in
unison. The trusty boatman, Mr Phuong (much-loved by SCBs), was nowhere to be seen and the track was overgrown in places and occasionally hidden altogether - but our intrepid Hashers circumvented the lake in grand style, maintaining a compact chain that would have been the envy of kindergarten teachers everywhere!
Whether the fish were jumping out of the water to witness the site of a “Hash chain” or not is a
matter for debate. However, the tranquillity remained unbroken until, for the first time in recent memory, an entire Hash kennel went through the middle of a bustling market on a Sunday
afternoon – and emerged unscathed!
And then it was time for plenty of amber fluid to wash down the crisps and quail eggs – as well as delicious salted pork and Russian bread supplied by Terminator and family.
Adding further colour to the culinary spread, and so thoughtfully carried all the way from Korea by Cap St Jacques, were green bottles of the highest-selling distilled rice liquor in the world, ‘Soju’. Many Hashers enjoyed their very first taste of this famous vodka-like rice liquor aka ‘giggle juice’, and no-one disapproved!
And the porcupine? He slept soundly in the overgrown pathway around the lake, completely undisturbed as we all crept quietly past him on the surrounding wall. Sleep on, 'Prickly' – maybe we’ll see you again next time…
This reprise of Pekka and Irene’s city/lake run was a very relaxing affair; but it will be back to hills, mountains and a good chance of steps next week as we revisit one of our favourite “Away” locations: Nui Dinh – make sure you don’t miss the bus: On On!
Report by Rowdy Water. Hash Flash Gopi. Additional photos by Hard Drive and Cap St Jacques.
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