AUGUST 16 2020
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Zidane
After two weeks of torrential rain, this week we are greeted with blue skies and sunshine enabling us to tackle the trail set by our Hares a couple of weeks ago. With eskies packed we leave Tommy’s Restaurant and Bar in an assortment of transportation heading for our down-down spot on Tran Phu opposite the entrance to ‘Mother Maria’ Church complex.
As we cross the carpark towards the foot of the steps that will take us up to the cross atop the mountain we realise that this is going to be a hot difficult climb. Stopping in the shade at the bottom of the steps Secs delivers the brief chalk talk - we are to climb the 1200 steps until we reach the cross. Once there follow the red ribbons behind the cross into the bush and follow them around the ridge on the top of the mountain. The trail will take us over some challenging rocks until we come to a temple which will exit on the Ho May Park road. Follow the Ho May Park road until we come to the familiar turn off to the 600 steps which will take us down to the Chinese temple and then a short walk back to the down-down on the beach.
It's tough going up the largely uneven, inconsistent steps under the blazing sun, but we take our time stopping to catch our breath and look back at the fantastic views behind us. Upon reaching the Cross it's time to take a rest and rehydrate before heading in to the bush following the red ribbons that our Hares diligently laid out for us.
It doesn’t get any easier as we find ourselves hoisting ourselves over precarious rocks but are soon rewarded with some of the best views of Vung Tau. Continuing on we soon find the aforementioned temple where some of us are greeted with friendly monks bearing gifts. We then wearily continue along the path and make the descent down the 600 steps our legs now jelly like after the exertion of the afternoon.
Deckchairs, sumptuous chicken wings, salad, fruit and, of course, ice-cold beer awaits as we return to our idyllic spot looking out over the beach towards the ocean. Many of us choose to take a dip in the water to cool off while others simply relax slumped in the comfortable chairs. Our Hash House DJ’s soon get the party started as our hashers find the energy to shake their thang.
As the party is winding down ominous clouds gather and distant thunder informs us that it is time to pack up the eskies etc. and make the way back to our home base at Tommy’s. We make it back just before the rain starts to pour down.
Another great Sunday afternoon of fun exercise, great views and good friends. Until next week! On-On!
RUN 946 GALLERY