4 Nov 2018
Hares: Mr. T, Secs
Hash Flasher: Secs, Radiowave
Report: Chom Chom
A surprisingly quiet of late gathering at Hon Ru Ri with around 45 people getting ready for this weeks away trail to Nui Dinh. That on it’s own made the day start off greatly – no doubt mismanagement would disagree!
We loaded up our regular Hashmobile charabanc with the usual iced-up San Miguels and a monstrous selection of soft drinks and once our diverse collection of Hashers mounted we left at a very punctual 1.30pm. `
Good progress was made to Nui Dinh and with no pick-ups en-route we arrived at our starting point around 2.15pm. This weeks start was about half way up the mountain road, just past the Thien Ton Phat Quang Buddhist Temple, near the water pools. We were certainly not alone this week, the area was swamped with people with their associated coaches and peace destroying motorcycles.
After a quick briefing of the trail ahead we manoeuvred as best we could down the mountain road a short distance before turning left into the real starting point. After a slight descent to the pools, we climbed back up, passing a few buildings and soon arriving in the deeper forested areas. It was a clear trail with very little opportunities for Hashers to get lost. We continued our climb at a reasonable rate, still fairly comfortable. After a fair hike we reached a flatter area where we were grateful for the cool breeze before enjoying the even more welcoming downhill path. This led us to a paved road and a rather steep incline once again. Whilst this part was fairly short, it was the toughest part of the trail. After a further forest area we hit the main mountain road, made a left turn and looked ahead in hope of seeing the Hashmobile marking the finish. The trail was just over 4km.
Our down-down this week was near our usual spot towards the end of the mountain road. Those that finished the trail in the early places helped unload the bus and prepare the refreshments and the snacks for those that arrived later and in more need for their well-deserved drinks.
Due to the absence of Bryce and Aqua, the boombox got a welcome change and got acquainted with Golden Fishs’ phone to provide the music.
After much enjoyment eating, drinking, chatting and banter, we were assembled by our resident photographer Radiowave to get the group photo completed. Our ringmaster, Boozer then called the circle – this week resembling two horizontal lines on both sides of the road.
The circle started as usual by introducing our Hares, Mr. T and Secs, although Mr. T was absent due to being in Dalat. Whilst the trail was rated 12 out of 10, poor old Secs still had the refreshing pleasure of the tube of doom. We welcomed three virgins this week, one Vietnamese (from Vung Tau), one Russian and another from Russia or somewhere nearby! Our returnees included Mr Versace, Stubble, Black Hawk and Radiowave's wife, Wi-Fi. A couple of sinners were called into the circle – Mr Versace (for having incorrect footwear) and Mr Romania (not an official hash name yet!) for sleeping on the road. There was no surprise that Mr Romania received the double tube of doom.
As always, I like to pass on our gratitude to our foodies this week which included the regular sandwiches (now with added sardines) from Boozer, the Russian open-style sandwiches from Mother Teresa and new this week, so an extra special thanks to Shomit and T34 for their generous box of yet more cheese and ham sandwiches. Together with the Hash supplied Banh Mi, no one went home hungry.
After consuming pretty much all the food and beverages, we had the easier job of loading up the bus again in preparation for our journey home.
Until next week, have a good one and on-on for next Sundays trail.
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