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LONG SON ISLAND and 800th RUN PARTY!!!
Hares: Secs, Mr. T, Uncle
Hash Flash: Paddy, Boozer, Radio Wave
For the 800th Run nearly 50 Hashers convened at Hon Ru Ri to mark this milestone event. In a celebratory mood we boarded the Hash Mobile and set off to Long Son Island. En-route we collected Terminator and family which caused the bus to be over its recommended capacity and 5 Hashers were off loaded to a taxi. Soon we arrived at Long Son Island and stopped at Cafe Paris, our down-down point, to offload the eskies laden with San Miguel, soft drinks and food for when we finish the run.
We arrived at our starting position and Mr. T, explains the trail. We are to take a short walk through the local village until we come to a passage that will take us up the mountain. It will be a relatively short but steep climb to the top and we will descend the other side of the mountain, joining up with the road that would take us back to Cafe Paris. Hashers were warned that the descent was pretty overgrown and to be careful to follow the red ribbons which would guide them through the jungle.So, under blue skies with fluffy white clouds, on-on we go starting the ascent by climbing some steps and on to the rocky trail that would take us to the top of mountain.
Alas, the agreeable weather did not last and most of us weren’t even halfway up our ascent when ominous grey clouds started to form above us. And then, the heavens opened. Sheets of rain poured down, instantly drenching us and the countryside. The going was treacherous as the ground became slippery and muddy. We soldiered on desperately trying not to slip and fall. There were a few yelps as many of us failed to keep our grip and fell head over heels into the mire. With so much cloud it was dark under the jungle canopy as we descended through the thick undergrowth it was difficult to see the next red ribbon. Eventually the trail opens up and we find ourselves on the road now flooded after the torrential rain and it is only a short walk back to the down-down.
Bedraggled, sodden and muddied the Hashers slowly trickled back to Cafe Paris where free flowing San Miguel beer was imbibed and soaked up with copious amounts of yummy delicacies provided by various generous Hashers. We spent time socialising, taking pictures and comparing stories of the trail with most people agreeing it was a fun run in spite of, or because of, the rain. Then it was time for the team photo and Basil called to order the circle.
Basil announced it was to be a quick circle as we all needed time to prepare for the evening party. He calls the Hares, Mr. T, Secs and Uncle, in to the circle and all Hashers are invited to rate the trail. Nobody disagrees with the 10/10 score put forward by Faulty Brakes for the trail but, since the rain made it so much more fun and, since it was the 800th trail, an additional 790 points were awarded giving a record breaking total of 800/10!.Next in the circle is Superteen who presents a gift from the Russian contingent - a new 800th Run mascot for our Chain of Office. Finally it’s time to present the 800th Run Celebration Cake - a delicious confection that many Hashers seemed to enjoy wearing on their faces! Due to the time constraints there were no Virgins, Returnees or Sinners called to the circle this week. We wrapped up proceedings, thanked everyone for their contributions and boarded the bus, agreeing to meet at Skygarden later that evening for the 800th Run Party.
Around 30 Hashers met at Sky Garden for an evening of live music and beer from our sponsor San Miguel. The frivolities began with a fanfare - literally! The Hash Bugle was unveiled and many Hashers tried to get a toot from it before Boozer showed us all how it is done with a nearly note perfect rendition of the First Call fanfare, which certainly woke us up and got us out of the starting gates.
First on to the dance floor, shaking a mean paw, was Sandy the Chihuahua with her partner Boozer. One would have imagined Sandy, being of Mexican and Thai descent, would have chosen a more exotic dance style but instead opted for a traditional waltz. Next on to the floor, with an electric performance, were Uncle and Rita, dancing in a style that could only be described as a cross between the Jitterbug and the Tango. Relative newcomer, Ron, fearlessly took to the stage to give a rocking rendition of Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl, unable to resist the infectious grooves Lady D, Blondie and Rita get up and boogie on down. Buddha now joins Ron on stage to deliver a heartfelt performance of The Animal’s House of the Rising Sun. As the evening drew to an end, Uncle gave an unaccompanied and a tad flat and slurred version of Maggie May. Ron, having found a guitar from somewhere, played on after the house band completed their set and the tired but content Hashers slowly dispersed in to the night.
Next week’s trail will be at the beautiful Suoi Da (Ice Rock) near Ba Ria. There will be plenty of opportunities to take a dip in cool refreshing rock pool so don’t forget to pack your swimwear and towels.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!