SEPTEMBER 27 2020
MINH DAM / LONG HAI
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs, Mr. Vinh
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr.T, Secs, Snowball, Chippy
Report: Bull Ant
Run 952 saw a bus full of happy hashers pack and load the eskies and head off to Long Hai/Minh Dam to complete a trail set by our Hares; Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy and Secs. Whilst not the longest nor most challenging trial, it still managed to capture all the stunning views, scenery and architecture this region has to offer.
The bus trip itself was almost not without incident. As we approached the run starting point, the driver had to skillfully negotiate a new and very narrow winding road with low cables overhead. More than once it appeared the locals would be without power for a while. But Mr. T and Secs saved the day by guiding the cables over the bus with sticks and eventually we made it to the starting point.
Once gathered, Secs gave the usual detailed brief and it was on on. A few hundred metres into the trail there was a detour to a very nice temple complex. The path leading to the temple alone was worth the detour with intricately embedded pebbles and a light covering of moss. Once arriving at the temple it soon became obvious the detour was worthwhile with several very well maintained shrines a some very impressive view points. Also, in typical Vietnamese fashion the friendly locals were offering Hashers refreshments. Nice!
On on and back to the trail to make our way to the next viewing point. A few hundred metres on found us at a small set of moss covered steps leading to a breezy partially obscured view. Those that made their way up were rewarded with the cool breeze along with the view.
From here was probably the most challenging part of the day. A trek through some pretty thick jungle to the next temple. Once there, Hashers were able to climb the rocks for the best view of the day. Even on a hazy day, the view extended from Ho Tram to Vung Tau and beyond.
On on and all downhill from here to the Minh Dam car park for the down down. The music played, beer flowed and there were banh mi's a plenty. New Hashers were welcomed, including one young man who got so caught up in the excitement, he appeared to perform some sort of ritual, ultimately throwing his drink to the ground. Interesting? Hares and returnees were celebrated, while Sinners were punished with beer.
With beer still flowing, it was time to board the party bus and head home. Even though a short trip, a comfort stop was required. Not everyone took advantage of that though and instead thought the stop was for a vape. It wasn't long before the vaping option was regretted and by the time the bus got back to Tommy's, two Hashers were off the bus before it stopped, running with an esky at a speed Usain Bolt would have been happy with.
All in all, as is always the case, another great day!
RUN 952 GALLERY