10 FEB 2019
Hares: Flying Finn, Slipper
Hash Flashers: Kojak
This week about 50 eager Hashers meet at Uno Coffee for a local run on Small Mountain. We gather around our Hare, Flying Finn, as he delivers the chalk-talk - turn left out of Uno Coffee, follow the red ribbons through the forest, get on to a dirt road, follow it until it becomes an asphalt road, walk across the mountain top road, look for the red ribbons to turn left again, back in to the forest until exit on to Hai Dang Road, follow the road down to the bottom but instead of turning right to Mr. Ket’s Coffee Shop we are to bear left onto another path that will take us back up the mountain until red ribbons will indicate a right turn in to a temple, which will take back down to Ha Long Road and finally back to Uno Coffee.
Phew! A lot to remember.
And it’s On-On! With a spring in our step we head off up the narrow Hem next to Uno Coffee. After a short but steep climb up some steps we find ourselves queued up single file, as we enter the forest. The dry dirt underfoot makes the going slippery but one by one we pull ourselves up and scramble to the top.
Once on top of the mountain we can take time to enjoy the fantastic temperate weather, fresh gusts of wind from the sea cool us, as we enjoy the awesome views accentuated by the crystal clear, cloudless sky.
We see the red ribbons taking us back in to the forest and we turn right, and are immediately confronted with an abandoned, dilapidated military bunker. We tentatively make our way down some precarious steps and continue to follow the ribbons until we emerge from the jungle at Cafe 1975 on Hai Dang Road.
It’s a short stroll to the bottom of Hai Dang and some Hashers have to be reminded not to turn right but to continue straight on back up the mountain. It’s a picturesque path flanked with seasonal flowers and quaint mountain temples. The ubiquitous red ribbons soon tell us to turn off to the right. A long set of stone steps leads us down to the magnificent Hai Van Buddhist Temple and then to Ha Long Road and it’s a short walk back to Uno Coffee.
The usual delights await us at Uno Coffee - Ice Cold San Miguel Beer and delicious Banh Mi and the socialising begins. Once everyone is replete it’s time for the group photo followed by a boisterous Circle lead by the prodigious Boozer.
Aaaaannnnd…. In this Circle we have Africans, Americans, Armenians, Botswanans, Canadians, Danish……..
Oh wait, no. Actually in this Circle we have; two Finnish Hares, Slipper and Flying Finn; seven Virgins, all from Vietnam with the exception of one Englishman; two Returnees from Vietnam, Noo and Lan - who’d been busy working; two young Sinners who went the wrong way - also from Vietnam; Pekka Jr. from Finland was baptized with a Hash Name and finally the jolly Malaysian Snake Charmer was bid adieu as she returns to Penang.
And thus ends another run report.
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