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BIG MOUNTAIN - "A Sunny Sunday Afternoon"
Hares: Secs, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flash: Basil, Secs, Boozer, Aqua
Twenty Hashers arrived at Hon Ru Ri this Sunday and we boarded taxis to take us to our starting point on Big Mountain - Lam Duong Restaurant. Many of the Australian contingent are noticeably absent due the NRL Grand Final on Sunday morning. In contrast to last week, we are blessed with a scorching hot sunny day. We arrive at the restaurant and immediately climb the 120 steps on the opposite side of the road. At the top, this week’s Hare - Secs, gave us our brief. It will be a simple trail, taking in most of the mountain path but we are to look out for a detour that will take us through the forest, shortcutting one of the long loops on the road. The down-down will be beneath a pagoda on the other side of the mountain. Our descent will be marked by the obligatory red ribbons that would guide us down through the forest.
So on-on we go! It’s an enjoyable, easy going trail as we meandered along the path taking in the quiet countryside and views of the sea. When we reach the detour the ever chivalrous Viking waits to assist those in need up the steep incline into the forest shortcut. After a short but steep climb through the forest and we find ourselves back on the path and continue until we see the red ribbon marking the way down. We thank our lucky stars it’s not a rainy day as the terrain is quite sheer and muddy. We arrive back in the shadow of the pagoda walls where this week’s beer monitors, Buddha and Faulty Brakes, are waiting for us with our favourite refreshment - ice cold San Miguel.
Once we have quenched our thirst it’s time to convene for the team photo - only to find that our team banner has been misplaced. Undeterred, we pose for the photo with San Miguel beers held aloft and then Ringmaster Basil calls the circle to order. As is customary the Hares are first to enter the circle, this week we have Secs and Faulty Brakes. Returnee, Big Bird, is called on to rate the trail. He says the first part of the trail was hampered by the lack of shade making it a sweltering start, cheekily adding we should have requested some more clouds. However, he enjoyed the detour through the forest and that the second part of the trail was sheltered from the blazing sun. All in all, he rated the trail 8/10.
No Virgins this week, so the aforementioned returnee, Big Bird, enters the circle again to give his excuse for missing the Hash. He mentions that he was back in the US but wasn’t responsible for US President Trump. We had two sinners this week - Boozer and Faulty Brakes - both guilty of the most heinous crime of having new shoes. Faulty Brakes was a double sinner this week for being the one responsible for misplacing the team banner - let’s hope we find it before next week.
Basil then makes a couple of announcements. First, we will be doing a charity run before the end of the year and we are looking for suggestions for worthy causes - please let us know if yiu have any ideas. Secondly, some of regular Hares will be on vacation in October and we are looking for anyone to volunteer to be a Hare. Finally, Secs tells us that, together with Mr. T, a trail would be set back at Long Hai for next week.
In the effort to find the banner, our resident jester - Boozer, discovers an old St. Patrick’s Day hat and proceeds to jape around much to the consternation of various Hashers. As the frivolities come to an end, we disperse into taxis to our various destinations.
We’ll meet again on Sunday, as always, at Hon Ru Ri: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!