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25 May 2014
LONG SON ISLAND - "Kindness to older Hashers"
26 Happy Hashers loaded the eskies and climbed aboard an "upsized" chariot for the relatively short trip to Long Son Island.
After some creative parking by our driver, we dismounted for the Chalk Talk by co-Hare Rowdy Water and then it was "On On" along a narrow sealed road for several hundred metres until the dreaded yellow marker ("Wrong way - Go back") signalled a sharp left turn into dense and very prickly brush.
The terrain was mostly flat at the outset; but it wouldn't last, of course, and it wasn't much longer before we encountered the hilly stuff, strewn with boulders.
On and on we went through more prickly bush, when the usual cries of "On On" were suddenly replaced by a more agonised "Ow Ow" - as a small group of Hashers stopped to check the way just long enough for an army of ants to attack in force!
The trail was shorter than usual, in deference to the extreme heat (37C), but was nevertheless extremely enjoyable, with plenty of local scenery on show when we got back to ground level - including the usual playful children and a large group of very contented water buffalo cooling off in a pond.
The FRBs were relaxing with a few coldies, courtesy of major sponsor San Miguel, when it became apparent that our driver's parking skills had been so creative they were likely to create a traffic jam, so we picked up the eskies and moved - not across the road as you might expect, but across the road AND two paddocks!
Much relaxed chit chat ensued as the motley bunch of Hashers snacked on Mountain Goat's delicious Russian bread with pickles and salted pork, until the Circle was eventually called.
Uncle awarded the trail an excellent score of -100 because he was happy to have survived in one piece, given his lack of "match fitness" and the heat (see "Kindness to older Hashers" above), Ronald Reagan gave it an 8/10, and No Name Bob added 150, to make the final score something no-one really cared about because Hares Rowdy Water and KFC were already "Doing a Down Down"!
Half a dozen or so virgins were collectively deflowered and welcomed to the fold, then one of them - tentatively answering to 'Jeff' - was exposed for committing the cardinal sin of being first one home! Another sinner, Hard Drive, was outed for dropping unidentified objects down people's shorts ("icing" - VTH3-style).
Returnees Uncle and Anti were welcomed back, and the Circle closed with the welcome news that Rowdy Water, KFC and Falcon will lay a trail in the Long Hai Mountains for next Sunday's run #631.
More good news is that Hasher Marc and his wife My have offered to supply some apres-run sandwiches next week from their newly-opened My Shop at 34 Lương Văn Can, Ward 2 (all imported foods and products - take-away and home deliveries).
Reporting: Ronald Reagan, Uncle
Hares: Rowdy Water, KFC
Hash Flash: Ronald Reagan, Falcon
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