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16 March 2014
NUI DINH - beyond the lake
The good news this week was that Ronald Reagan and Flying Finn welcomed our new San Miguel representative in Vung Tau: Mr Cuong. We're delighted to have him with us, and look forward to a harmonious working relationship. Please see Mr Cuong's contact details above if you'd like to order San Miguel products for home or workplace functions - he'd be delighted to hear from you!
But there's some bad news to balance the good news: Hareraiser and VTH3 stalwart Falcon has an injured knee and expects to be "out of action" for some time - so let's hope we get plenty of volunteer Hares and organisers for at least the next month or so. Please let us know your availability via the "Contact VTH3" page on this website if you're able to help with anything from loading the eskies, to registration, to setting trails. If not, we could be restricted to local runs until someone "steps up to the plate" to take over Falcon's duties.
In the meantime, Sunday's small but hardy band of Hashers boarded the bus at Offshore Bar 1 and headed off to our favourite mountain: Nui Dinh, some 5 km west of Ba Ria on the highway to Ho Chi Minh City. We eventually parked the bus at the end of the bitumen road before the lake (near the pagoda turn-off), almost at the top of the mountain.
Falcon gave his usual Chalk Talk (run info) and then we hiked down the rough dirt road for 1-2 km to the coffee shop and turned left onto a narrow sandy track about 200 metres past the lake.
It was here that Falcon left us and hobbled back to the bus to guard the "goodies"; co-hare KFC led the group onwards.
After 300 metres, the track narrowed into a small trail through the forest, winding its way along a dry creek bed before ascending through thick bamboo. The next stage was a very long, steep climb up
through the forest until finally emerging onto a dirt road just when we thought we'd be tramping through the undergrowth forever!
We turned left and headed down a very long and slippery dirt road until we were able to make a right turn to go back past the lake and continue on to the bus.
After a few very welcome beers and chips, the Circle was called: Hares KFC ,SamSon and Falcon were awarded 10/10 by The Quiet Viking (aka Danish Paul); Hash virgins Cuong and Linh were welcomed; sinners Flying Finn, Livewire (Victor) and Private Business were given the usual penalties for being FRB/BRBs respectively - with Private Business also featuring alongside Purple Fox for their spectacular Hash Crashes.
We're not sure at this stage what's going to happen next Sunday - so let's say for the time being that it will be a local trail, with details to be advised later this week in the NEXT RUN box. In the meantime, if you'd like to step forward and help (see comments at beginning of this run report re Falcon's injury), you'll be more than welcome!
STOP PRESS: The Flying Finns (Pekka & Irene) and SamSon have "stepped up to the plate" to cover for Falcon's injury and will set a trail on Big Mountain this week. Ronald Reagan will officiate before and after. Meet at Offshore Bar 1 beer garden, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. Circle will be called at the corner of Ba Cu and Quang Trung (beach road, Front Beach area).
Reporting: Falcon, Uncle
Hares: Falcon, KFC, SamSon
Hash Flash: Flying Finn - with apres-run support from Quiet Viking
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