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MINH DAM SECRET ZONE - "We Hash in any weather!"
Hares: Uncle, SamSon
Hash Cash: Basil
Hash Flash: Fot tret, Basil, Uncle
Mobile medic: Syd-knee
Foodie: Mother Teresa
With a torrential downpour lasting until just 15 mins before departure, a surprisingly large group of hardy hashers turned up at Hon Ru Ri for the trip to Minh Dam Secret Zone - and with Terminator, Mother Teresa and Superteen waiting at the Seaview - that gave a "respectable" total of 31, despite such deplorable weather!
It was still raining as we dismounted at the start point - making it one of only a very few times we've experienced any real interference from the elements during this year's wet season (although there have been plenty of near misses!).
Undeterred, we "plasticked up" with raincoats and umbrellas and headed uphill towards the car park, with SamSon as live hare for the first part of the journey (Uncle had gone ahead to mark the second part of the trail from the car park to the lookout rocks). Some called it a day at the car park, but most finally reached the lookout rocks - only to find the weather gods were definitely not being kind to us today (see photos below)!
We sloshed our way back down the muddy track to the car park and "dined" on Mother Teresa's delicious open sandwiches, washed down with a San Mig or three (chips and oj for junior hashers), before it was decided to hold a truncated Circle on the bus back to town because the rain clearly wasn't going to stop, and shelter was limited!
So we loaded up and set off, with Shaky scoring the trail 9 points, plus 1 for the weather, giving a total of 10/10: co-hares Uncle and SamSon dutifully down-downed their beers!
Only one Hash Virgin this week - a warm welcome to Ms Quynh! No returnees or sinners (the bus was far too clean to start using the "sinners cups"!), so we moved straight on to a consensus Hashtagging of four eligible Hashers on the back seat. After much "deliberation", Ms Tam became 'Astro Mom' (regular readers will know her son Ugo was tagged 'Astro Boy' last week), daughter Tina became 'Astro Girl', Ms Thuy became 'Aqua', and her daughter Gia Linh became 'KiKi' (don't ask!).
All in all, a somewhat "soggy" day - but also an enjoyable adventure; with most hashers anticipating a return in the dry season for a better look at the scenery from the lookout rocks!
No firm decision yet on next week's trail - although we're due for at least one local run in our "local/away" rotation system, so let's see what eventuates (also see weekly "run report" emails inviting hares to set 'away' trails within a 45 minutes radius from HRR). A taxi ride to the back of Big Mountain then "up and over", or "M90" (either direction), and/or the "waterfall" trail are all presently under consideration - so please check the NEXT RUN box as we get closer to the weekend and have more idea what kind of weather is on the way...
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!
METRIC DISTANCE: 5.6 km (4 km UPHILL), AVERAGE SPEED 3.7 km/hr!