1st July 2018
Long Hai - "Minh Dam To Long Hai Through the Jungle"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flashers: Secs, Radiowave
Report: Faulty Brakes
This weeks odyssey began at Binh An 4 where the supplies of grog where iced and soft drinks were loaded by Buddha the Beer Doctor and Zidane on board our VTH3 Chuck Wagon, a new mode of transport to deliver our essential cargo to Hon Ru Ri. This week 55 hashers turned up for Run 844 to Minh Dam in Long Hai, people from Australia, Russia, England, Scotland, Vietnam and not least Ireland, this pan global outfit all ready to board the good ship VTH3 and head north to Long Hai for this week’s hike across the mountains and picking up extra passengers along the way, laden with bullion of Silver and Gold (SanMiguel) more sambos and Ban Mi that you could “shake a stick at” and whilst tacking starboard with fair wind in her sails, we reached the car park at Minh Dam, dropping anchor, the hashers disembarked to wait the instructions for today’s trek.
Secs and Mr. T who had previously marked this trail the previous Friday instructed us to what lay head, up the path at side of Minh Dam (called after 2 Vietnamese war hero’s) to the first temple where from a giant boulder people could marvel at the panoramic views of the the shoreline of Long Hai and even Vung Tau in the distance on this beautiful sunny afternoon. The trail continuing across the ridge of the mountain through thick and various paths until we reached the second temple, again with mouth watering views and despite many hashers taking the obligatory Anti selfie tablets, many of hashers succumbed to the temptation of this beautiful countryside and selfies were the order of the day. We were nearing our journeys end and finishing line was in sight, down the steps and down more steps (which sent the sale of anti inflammatories soaring in Vung Tau pharmacies) we finished in the Eco Centre to complete this week’s trek of 5km of ascending and descending paths and a special commendation this week to Graham (Swanny) for his unselfish and helpful attention to his fellow hashers on this trail (Take a bow)
Ornate gardens with lakes and rural rural Vietnamese countryside we chose a grassy verge in the Eco Centre where everyone could rest, polish off all the goodies, chat, and the ubiquitous selfies could be taken. The menu of Russian sandwiches; Vietnamese Ban Mi; Australian sausage rolls; fruit; Ice San Miguel and soft drinks (we thank everyone for their contribution) everyone enjoyed this veritable feast.
In April this year VTH3 held their first overnight hash to Ta Cu Mountain and Coco Beach Camp and those lucky enough to have enjoyed this trip received a commemorative Polo Shirt today. This a limited edition and we thank Miss T and Mr T for this wonderful gesture.
SHOWTIME! For anyone who is not familiar our Ringmaster is Boozer (Simon). When it comes to the running of the circle there is nobody better in the Western Hemisphere. Well that’s what he told me write, Ringmaster Simon (Boozer) gave us a wonderful demonstration of his craft, conducting the Hash Choir with his chopstick and keeping his audience enthralled, whilst welcoming virgins punishing; sinners for various misdemeanors; and sometimes for no reason and for the overall entertainment of his devotees Boozer orchestrated today’s Down.The rating for today’s trail was a deserved 10 out of 10
Approaching 6 o'clock it was time for our return to Hon Ru Ri with an eskey of cold
Cans on board it was time to haul up the anchor and set sail once again on board the funny yellow colored bus.The atmosphere on returning bus was again electric, music chat everyone enjoying the beers, we arrived in Vung Tau saying goodbye to our Russian friends on Le Huong Phong proceeding to Hon Ru Ri where we disembarked.
The now famous Baz chuck Wagon was waiting to usher back the eskeys to Binh An 4 where it all began 6 hours previously, but not before some no homers continued sipping cans sitting on the low wall, others continued into the late night after dinner. Run 844 was completed,chronicled and put to bed. Next Week will be a home run, can everyone check our new booking procedures which will be out shortly.
VTH3 #844 PHOTO GALLERY