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04 May 2014
LONG SON ISLAND - Cave & Temple Rock trail
It was another typically hot day in the Offshore Bar 1 beer garden as a small but hardy band of 15 or so Hashers registered for run #627. We then loaded the eskies and boarded the bus for the relatively short trip to Long Son Island via the Go Gang turnoff and two new bridges.
We dismounted at the trail start - a wide, flat road strewn with small stones. Co-Hare Ut (Banana Lady) told the bus driver how to find the trail destination and then it was "On On" after a Chalk Talk from Ronald Reagan.
After about 500 metres of relatively smooth travelling, we turned left onto a single dirt track which, again, was relatively easy going - at least until we reached the cave. And that's where everything changed to remind us that this was a Hash, not an afternoon stroll!
Up the hill we struggled - through bamboo, thorns, trees, more thorns, more trees, even thorny trees(!), all "brightened up" by the occasional flower! Then we encountered the large boulders and rock terraces, before finally reaching the big rock temple at the top - phew!
We stopped to enjoy the view and take a well-deserved rest - all except young Ivanhoe, that is. He decided to explore the area while Mum & Dad Dolly and RR relaxed (because that's what little boys do, right?).
And then it was time for the descent - a right turn took us down the ridge trail with extensive views of salt and oyster farms. It was a long descent through more bamboo, past the local graveyard and then the pig farms - until we finally arrived at a new and very relaxing Circle location after quite a challenging day in the Vung Tau-Ba Ria countryside.
Once the Circle was called, the trail was awarded the excellent score of 9/10 - including very well-deserved additional points for "degree of difficulty". We welcomed just one visitor this week, but the pet parrot has unfortunately swallowed my notes so we can't name him here - sorry about that!
Next week's trail has been set by The Gardener, Banana Lady and SamSon. It's a 40% new trail on Small Mountain, with a wild orchard near the end where some exotic fruits can be picked for eating at the Circle location - which is a balcony across the road from the beach near Lan Rung resort. If you think you might fancy a swim after the run, bring a bag/towel and leave it at registration for transport to the Circle location with the eskies.
We'll meet, as usual, in Offshore Bar 1 beer garden at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - see you there!
Reporting: The Gardener, Uncle
Hares: The Gardener, Ut, Ronald Reagan
Hash Flash: Taffy (Wrong flag? No, Taffy is a Hash monicker, not his nationality!!!)
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