22nd July 2018
Small Mountain - "Hon Ru Ri to Cafe Uno"
Hares: Mr. T, Secs,
Hash Flashers: Secs
This Sunday, after a morning of fickle weather, a massive 54 Hashers met at Hon Ru Ri for a trail on Núi Nhỏ or Small Mountain. Our lead Hare, Mr. T, announced that there would two prongs of attack. The group with motorbikes would follow him to our Down-Down place at Cafe Uno and then walk from there along Ha Long Road to Mr. Ket Coffee Shop at the foot of Hai Dang Road. The second prong would follow Co-Hare, Secs, directly to Mr. Ket. From there we are to follow the road towards the Lighthouse looking out for the red ribbons on the right that would take us off the road, into the jungle and up to the mountain road that connects two army bases. Follow the road until we reach a temple and take the steps down until we see red ribbons diverting us to the left bringing us through the undergrowth and out on to Ha Long Road right next to our Down-Down spot at Cafe Uno.
On-On! Under a blue sky with fluffy white clouds we march along Ha Long Road waving at our fellow motorbiking Hashers as they whizz passed us. As we arrive a Mr. Ket the weather proves its fickleness and we are treated to a light shower of rain. Donning rainwear we wait a few minutes under the shelter of a tree until the rain subsides and the sun reemerges from behind the clouds and we begin yomping up a now steamy Hai Dang Road.
We see the red ribbons indicating that we are to turn right and as we peer in to the dense jungle we see some dilapidated steps disappearing up the mountain. It is a tough but short climb as we desperately try to avoid the bloodthirsty, razor sharp, thorny vines that have taken over the ancient path. Emerging from the top we find ourselves on the very pleasant road that will take us across the mountain. The road takes us passed some quirky coffee shop, various caves that have been made in to shrines, some old military bunkers and magnificent views of Vung Tau.
Another shower as we reach the temple and make our way down the many steps until the red ribbons tell us to hop over the short wall and in the forest where the next obstacle course awaits. After ducking under trees, clambering down slopes and crawling under nets we soon arrive at the narrow Hem that take us back to Ha Long Road and we are relieved to see Cafe Uno right next door.
Cafe Uno provides an excellent environment to kick back, relax and socialise. Fantastic views of the sea, icy San Miguel and Banh Mi’s replete us as we await the remaining Hashers to return. However, we soon realise that something is not as it should be. Many of the motorbiking Hashers who started from Cafe Uno have yet to return and we are starting to get a little concerned. We needn’t have worried, one by one they saunter back and discover that upon arriving at Mr. Ket they took a wrong turn - instead of following the road the Lighthouse the went to the right looking for red ribbons, since there weren’t actually any ribbons on Hai Dang Road. All is not lost, stalwart Hasher, Aqua, put on her Hare Hat and guided her flock a different way across the mountain but ultimately joining the correct trail and bringing everyone back to Cafe Uno safely.
With everyone now assembled, we squeeze all 54 Hashers together for the team photo and then it’s time for Boozer to call the Circle to order. Hares Secs and Mr. T are front and center and the young master Robin volunteers to give the trail a rating of 10/10 - Boozer calls for any advance on 10 - and our Hashers eventually settle on a score of 15/10.
This week we have more virgins than we can count and they all introduce themselves - mostly hailing for Vung Tau. Sinners galore as we charge all the people who took the wrong the way across the mountain - Down! Down! Down! Down!
We thank our Foodies, Terminator and family, Golden Fish and Boozer for generously providing delicious sandwiches and fruit.
And we wrap up the Circle by reminding everybody the importance of registering before each run. Next week will be an away trail on Nui Dinh.
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