23rd Sep 2018
Long Hai / Minh Dam - "Stairway to Heaven??"
Hares: Secs, Faulty Brakes
Hash Flasher: Secs
This week we had 37 fervent Hashers on board the Hashmobile all excited to begin our adventures at Long Hai / Minh Dam. We arrive at our starting point and Hare, Secs, explains that we will follow the concrete road, take a left turn and then follow the road until we reach a drinks stall where we are to bear right and follow the steps up the foothills of the mountain until we see red ribbons indicating that we are to enter the jungle and follow the rocky steps up to the summit until we reach the carpark at Minh Dam where the down-down will be held.
And on-on we go!
We follow the dusty path, through the local village much to the bemusement of the locals. The path takes us up many steps, across streams, and into the jungle. At the point at which we are to head up the rocky steps many of our newbies are asking: “Wow, its was pretty hard going up those steps - is going to get easier?”. To which our Hares replied: “You ain’t seen nothing yet” with a mischievous grin.
It’s not long before we discover the first viewpoint giving great views of the surrounding countryside and many of us take this opportunity for a welcome respite from the climb and take photos. We continue onwards and the steps seem relentless with many asking; “Are we there yet?”; “How much further is it?” The Hares reassure us that it's not much further and eventually we emerge at the summit where a temple has provided some welcome hammocks for many Hashers to take a rest before admiring at the heavenly view from the top. From here on it is a relatively gentle stroll down to Minh Dam car park where we will have the down-down.
At the down-down we enjoy ice cold San Miguel soaked up with some delicious sandwiches After a short time we are replete and Ringmaster, Basil, calls for the team photo and then we convene the circle.
In the circle we have Hares - Secs and Faulty Brakes - and, after several bids the trail is rated a respectable 15 out of 10.
We have five VIrgins on the sacrificial altar this week. Hugo from Vietnam, Vladimir from Russia, and a three new Hashers who registered with interesting names; Yawner, Young Buffalo, and Girl From Yesterday - we appreciate your spirit by assigning Hash Tags on your first run. Welcome Virgins - we look forward to seeing you all in the future.
Next up we have returnees. We welcome back Stubble who had been on a tour of Russia and Eastern Europe; Graham who’d been back working in Australia and Basil who had been busy with work. Basil is awarded the tube of doom for having the lamest excuse.
In the Sinners Circle this week we have Sweeper and Young Buffalo whose crimes appear to be that the just wanted to down a beer.
The circle come to a close and we continue to enjoy our San Miguel and then board the bus for the journey back to Vung Tau. As has become customary DJ Zidane provides some cool tunes while Velco boogies on up and down the aisle. A few more beers and we find soon find ourselves back at Hon Ru Ri.
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