2nd Sep 2018
Hares: Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flash: Secs
Report: Faulty Brakes
By the time the sun had set over Vung Tau last Sunday, (which coincided with Vietnam’s national Independence Day and Russia’s International Oil workers day) nearly 60 people had enjoyed a trek across Dinh mountain on a trail which had been marked just hours earlier by Mr. T and Secs. They unselfishly had driven that morning to Nui Dinh to ensure that this trail was correctly taped to avoid any persons getting lost - which for them meant they had to do the return journey also.
This week’s large numbers caused our bus to be oversubscribed but luckily we had a Vietnamese family with a car who carried another 5 people and followed the Hash bus to the partially built highway near Ba Ria where our hares were waiting to greet us.
Registration was handled at Hon Ru Ri by Boozer and Faulty Brakes and now all hashers should see the importance of pre-registration and guaranteeing a seat on the bus. Leaving Hon Ru Ri a little later than usual, our bus followed by our trailing car headed for Ba Ria, through Vung City stopping to pick up extra people on the way and on to Ba Ria and coming to the starting point which had been messaged to us early.
The bus spewed its passengers and meantime Boozer stayed on board to bring our driver to Dinh mountain where the Down Down was to take place. Directions were given by Mr. T and Secs follow the red tapes and pointing to the top of Nui Dinh nearly 60 people transversed the peak on a 4km trail and with an elevation of 320 meters.
Meanwhile at the Down Down our very own Beer Doctor (Buddha) was setting up the San Miguel Beer Hospitality Suite with Fresh Banh Mi, Russian Sandwiches which Mother Theresa had prepared and Simon’s award winning Cheese and Ham sandwiches and this week we had Vietnamese spring rolls kindly donated to the feast by Golden Fish.
The trail was tough but fair starting on the flat and gently climbing through a Bamboo forest on a warm sunny Sunday afternoon was what our Vung Tau Hash is all about, eventually reaching the tarmac road and the awaiting bus nearly sixty people with a demographic from 3 to 70 years came in at the different times,nationalities including Russian, Australian, Vietnamese, English, Irish, Scottish, Swedish and had successfully completed Trail 853.
Thirsty and weary from the afternoon’s exertions the cold beer and food was welcomed by our Hashers as people chatted and set around resting in this idyllic setting only to interrupted by frequent shouts of ”Motorbike“ warning of the local, yes you guessed it, motorbikes driving up and down the mountain.
This week we welcomed 13 virgins which sounds a little like a bawdy RUGBY song and when our photo shoot was taken it was now SHOWTIME! The Ringmaster supreme, Boozer put everyone through their paces, Hares, Virgins and Sinners. A reminder that next week’s trail will be at home on Nui Lon or Small Mountain.
Singing Hash songs drinking beer and eating sambos, ”sure you would kill your granny to be there”, soon the time for departure back to Vung Tau was up on us, with our Musicologist, Zidane, on leave at the moment Roy Orbison music was played as we made our way home and back to Hon Ru Ri when a good time was had by all, others continued into the early morning with further celebrations as Dublin completed a four in a row victory by defeating Tyrone in the All Ireland Football final - does it? can it it? get any better?
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