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14 June 2015
Peter "Rabbit" Burrowes Memorial Run - Vung Tau City and lake
It was ideal weather for sightseeing and exercise as 30+ Hashers set off from Sao Bien 4 to cross the city and circumnavigate the lake (see map below) on the Peter Rabbit Memorial Run, accompanied by Peter's widow, Brenda.
The pack was stretched by the time we reached the lake, giving some concern about meeting the boatman's rules of "Five passengers each trip across". But this is Vietnam and we needn't have worried - the boathouse was empty, guarded only by a small cat, and the boatman and his family were nowhere to be seen!
So "On On" we continued around the lake and back into city traffic, under the watchful eye of "Hare and Hash Flash on a bike", Uncle.
We finally made it to the pre-arranged Down Down location: WTF-We Taste Fresh cafe/restaurant at 11 Hoang Hoa Tham. The early finishers feasted on Mountain Goat's Russian bread and salted pork until the specially prepared snacks arrived, courtesy of WTF and Brenda: mini-sausage rolls (genuine Australian beef and pastry), quiche medallions, and "sausage and savouries" hors d'oeuvres - yum yum!).
Camel Bone nominated Terminator to rate the trail, and he scored it a "perfect" 10/10 - although we suspect a few deductions were conveniently overlooked in Peach Melba's translation!
Hash Virgins Ms Nhung, Ms Ha and Tina were joined by their "sponsors" Butterfly, Ice Water and Chippy respectively. Returnees Eco Slipper and Peach Melba were welcomed back; and then it was the turn of the sinners - of which there were many - for sins as varied as wearing a dress on the Hash (makes a change from inappropriate footwear, doesn't it?), making an unsuccessful charge(!), and being caught taking a short cut (despite - or perhaps because of - having been shown the way by a Hare!).
A more sombre part of the proceedings followed, with a minute's respectful silence for Peter "Rabbit" Burrowes, who died in a tragic accident last year. Several Hashers consoled Brenda, who had so bravely joined us on what must have been such a painful occasion for her. "On On, Peter Rabbit!" was the cry.
Duty Ringmaster Uncle reminded everyone to email their 700th t-shirt orders (using the size chart supplied), and to turn up next Sunday regardless of whether the website has been updated or not (internet connections will be unreliable after yet another outage in a growing spate of undersea cable failures...). Then Mother Teresa made an unexpected announcement that long-time VTH3 stalwart Mountain Goat will be leaving in two weeks - so watch this space for news of a farewell run on Sunday, 28 June and opportunity to say, "Thank you" to one of the nicest and most generous Hashers you could ever wish to meet!
STOP PRESS (Friday): Hares Basil, SamSon and KFC report better luck with the weather this week and confirm a trail has been set on Long Son Island that will give plenty of opportunity for the photographers! They also recommend sunscreen and water if it's hot, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes to protect from bamboo.
We'll meet at Sao Bien 4 restaurant on Sunday from 2 pm for 2.30 pm start, as usual.
Report: Uncle, Basil
Hares: Uncle, Basil
Hash Flash: Uncle. Circle photos: Fot Tret, Basil
*Australian and Vietnamese flags will be inserted above when internet connection strength allows!
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