7 APRIL 2019
Hares: Boozer, Cleaver
Hash Flasher: Secs
It all started as usual, the meeting at Uno Café, the pleasure of seeing familiar, friendly faces and the inevitable payment of the fee collected by Cleaver and Boozer ( always very serious on that occasion). At 1.30 sharp we were told to go to Hon Ru Ri, bikers being instructed to take a passenger, other hashers traveling by taxi.
So, a second meeting took place there before we received details about the run and started walking on Tran Phu street, quite an easy beginning in spite of the sun as a soft breeze was cooling our backs a little and welcome clouds occasionally filtering the scorching rays. It was pleasant to walk along the sea. We also got some shade from a beautiful hedge of bougainvillaea as we passed in front of the Salsa Mexicana restaurant.
However that easy stage came to an end, as we crossed the road in front of the Ganh Hao restaurant and had to scramble up some rocks to enter the forest ; well, a sort of forest with some bushes and anaemic leafless trees which did not offer any protection against the sun, but did stop any breeze that could have helped us a little to tackle the very steep slope – stones, rocks, dry, slippery earth, entangled creepers, some thorny, fallen tree trunks under which we had to crawl, all that made the climb quite a challenge.
Fortunately that climb was definitely shorter than many others and the red ribbons soon indicated a right turn . The trail was still on uneasy terrain, but roughly kept the same level and, to our relief, a soft breeze was now blowing our way.
So, we certainly were very sweaty, but not so breathless when we reached the cafés at the top of Vi Ba street. That was a welcome stopover as many hashers took the time to enjoy nuoc mia or any other drink of their choice.
A short walk down on Vi Ba, and we turned right to the buddhist temple with a magnificent view towards Bai Truoc and Nui Nho. The descent then was easy and a last flight of steps led us to the wide road down back to Tran Phu, not far from the cable cars station.
The Down-Down took place at « Bia Hoi » the café at 4 Le Loi, where all could enjoy jugs of icy beer, soft drinks or water ; then we banqueted with lots of French fries, chicken wings, squid fritters and fruit ; more beer was drunk as everyone enjoyed friendly conversations, before hashers left with full bellies and happy smiles on their faces.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all the hashers involved in organising these runs ; not only they do a very good job for our enjoyment, but they are very watchful and considerate, waiting for the slower ones so that nobody gets lost and making sure that everybody is ok.
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