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19 March 2017
BIG MOUNTAIN - A long hike for some!
Hares: Flying Finn, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flash: Mr Tu Anh
Today’s forecast is sunny weather, but we were unable to book the bus to Long Hai so welcomed 22 Hashers join us at Hon Ru Ri for today’s 'back-up' run on Big Mountain.
We called our Hash taxis to take us to the start point at 750 Tran Phu; however, two taxis mistakenly went to Hem 241 Tran Phu, but we steered them all back to the correct starting point.
Then we all walked to the alley of the temple and Flying Finn started his chalk-talk to say we will go through the alley of the temple and some small houses, then another temple, then go up the steps to follow the red tape and we reach the cement road. Then the trail is split: Flying Finn will show the short-cut to the Down Down, and the rest can follow Faulty Brakes to the Artillery Station and follow down the road and take the stairs down to Tran Phu and walk a long way around to 102 Tran Phu for the Down Down.
So “On-On” we go through the small alley, past some small houses and turned at the second temple and next is the stairs, which some Hashers doesn’t like it very much, but we all managed to pass through that challenge.
Then we passed the Cambodian Temple and up to the cement road, where we say good-bye to those who take the short-cut.
We walk all the way through the village up top, while avoiding oncoming motor bikes and Ho May’s Park’s golf cart. After enjoying the breeze we took some happy photos and one Hash Virgin used his GoPro to record the moment.
We all walk down to the Artillery Station and some more photos were taken, then we walked to the steps and headed down to Tran Phu and started our long walk to 102 Tran Phu. Then we received a call from our Hash Flash that some Hashers from the first group had walked all the way to Hem 444 Tran Phu and had no idea where to go next, so we managed to direct them to 102 Tran Phu.
After quite some time walking, we finally reach 102 Tran Phu with the old lady owner waiting with our ice-cold San Miguel in the eskies.
After some refreshment, it is time for the team photo and Basil together with Junior Grandmaster Ben started the Circle after that.
After welcome message we welcomed Hares Flying Finn and Faulty Brakes who saved this week’s run when no bus available (so also a good thing that we didn’t do the proposed joint run with SH3 and PH3 because if no bus come to pick us up, it would have been a disaster)!
With the Hares in the Circle, Blondie translated for Aurora to rate the trail. “A beautiful view with perfect weather and a good run together”: Aurora gave today’s run a 10/10.
Our Hash Virgins next: Igor from Russia, whom Stubble met in Nha Trang and introduced to the Hash; and another Hash Virgin with his GoPro, Mr Hieu, who met Basil this morning and joined the Hash in the afternoon. A Hash Virgin song for them!
Returnees, Ms Ly and this is her second time at the Hash which mean it is a long time she was absent, with her excuse “Busy”. And Returnee Junior Hasher Ben with excuse, ‘playing soccer with his father’.
And Sinners Tiger, Ms Hien, Mr Hieu, Mr Tu Anh and Mr Hieu were nominated because they were seen taking a taxi to the Down Down and, as promised, Skipper with his beer and sandals!
Our Hash Flash received his Hash name since he come to Hash more than 6th times: first name nominated is “Snowdon” because Anthony Snowdon was a well-known society photographer who married the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and became Lord Snowdon. Second nomination is “Patrick (Lord) Lichfield” another English society photographer. Third nomination was “Snapshot”. Mr Tu Anh chose the second one but, because of a long name, we decided to call him “Paddy”!
Finally, announcement that next Sunday’s trail is already set by Skipper and Flying Finn at Long Hai, but watch the NEXT RUN box on our website in case any changes.
STOP PRESS (Tuesday): Trail changed to Long Son Island, up and over the mountain. Details in run 'reminder' email later this week.
So we’ll meet again on Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.
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