8th July 2018
Big Mountain - "When the going gets tough - the tough get going!"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs, Boozer, Zidane
Hash Flashers: Secs, Radiowave
Report: Faulty Brakes
Hem 400B Tran Phu was the start of this week’s trail where 50 hashers assembled after registering earlier in Hon Ru Ri and being transferred in a flotilla of taxis to this starting point.A quick saunter through the labyrinth of hems much to the amusement of local Vietnamese saw us reach our starting point where Mr T and Secs pointed the way to the top of the mountain, a climb of over 300 meters and a gradient of back breaking proportions.
Scurrying up the steep cliff were the usual Rogues Gallery of hashers from as far apart as Russia to Australian and encompassing Europeans and Vietnamese the cries of “on on “could be heard across this tough ascent. Onwards and upwards transversing the mountain with hashers assisting fellow hashers and culminating at the Lazareto Fort (a reminder of when the French were in Vietnam previously.)
The next part of the trail was a leisurely trek across the ridge of Nui Lon with the views of the Shipyards and Long Son Island to the left and the South China Sea to our right with Vung Tau City ahead.The next part of the trails was to descend the 690 steps back to Tran phu and back to a familiar Down Down location 102 Tran Phu or the “Little old Ladies place “as we affectionately refer to it.
Previously the Nectar of Silver and Gold and soft drinks had been delivered by Buddha the Beer Doctor in ‘The Booze Bus‘ along with soft drinks and sambos and including in this week’s menu were the world famous Simon’s sambos with cheese and ham accompanied with English style mustard. (Is there no end to this man’s talent?).
Hashers returned at different intervals to our refuge, skulling cans and soft drinks to compensate for today’s earlier exertions, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings of 102.
Circle time had arrived when “Lord of The Rings” invited us to this week’s show, here another example of his ring craft where hashers accompanied his frolics by singing the hash song to various hares sinners and returnees. Alas all good things come to an end and sitting there watching the sun coming down it was time for the return to VTH3 Binh An H.Q with the remaining drinks eskeys and table. The Booze Bus duly arrived and was loaded and the Phan Chu Trinh mafia clambered on board to be driven Vietnamese style back to H.Q.
Next week will be an away trip, it’s important to look for the new booking procedures and on today’s Going Gets Tough Trail, The Tough got Going.(apologies to Billy Ocean)
Today’s trail was rated 10 out of 10.
VTH3 #845 PHOTO GALLERY