OCTOBER 11 2020
HO TRAM BEACH
Hares: Bull Ant, Chippy, Jolly
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Mr.T, Secs
Report: Chom Chom
It’s been a while since I have had the privilege to write a run report so here I go with my somewhat vague memories and recollections of Run 954 on Sunday 11th October 2020.
The day took to a rocky start having 75 Hashers registered for the away trail to “Ho Tram Beach” and after much constructive discussions with mismanagement a second coach was hastily ordered! Within a minute of additional bus confirmation, the heavens opened, and the typical downpour started which would possibly deter some of our Hashers.
Weather improved over the next hour and our Hashers began arriving at Tommy’s for registration. Fees were taken, heavier than ever eskies were stuffed with a range of soft drinks and beers, together with fruit, banh mi, snacks, tables and no doubt a kitchen sink somewhere were all loaded onto the fleet of executive coaches ready for our departure.
One by one, our Hashers mounted the coach of their choice and we set off for the scenic drive to Ho Tram, along the beach road through Long Hai, the complete length of the Ho Tram Strip and finally arriving at our starting location at Ho Coc. After a brief exploration of this newly discovered area and a few moments for Hashers to relieve themselves, Bull Ant got the group together and explained the trail ahead. A relatively easy trail up the mountain to the rocky viewpoint, and then heading back the way we came.
We made our way along the beach road for a brief stretch before turning off onto a sandy path into jungle and woodland. The weather had improved greatly and whilst we weren’t suffering in the usual beautiful dense Vietnam heat, we were no longer getting wet from rain. The path was fairly narrow, so most Hashers remained in a convoy, keeping grouped up. As the path continued, we started the climb up the mountain. Thanks to the earlier rain, this made a few areas a bit more awkward than hoped, but as always, there are so many helpful, considerate Hashers around to lend a much needed helping hand when necessary.
Upon reaching the rocks at the peak, stunning scenes of the dense jungle below combined with the huge stretch of panoramic coastal views made for some great photo opportunities. Most Hashers remained on the summit, happily chatting and posing with the beautiful views surrounding for some time.
Eventually, we embarked on the return trail back down the mountain. This was a careful and steady descent in parts, mainly due to our footwear having lost all grip thanks to the sections of muddy path on the way up. A few minor slippages were witnessed, but that all adds to the fun. It wasn’t long until we arrived at the sandy path leading to the beach road and then back to our newly found Down Down spot.
As always, cold beers and soft drinks were waiting on arrival, together with food to fill the thousands! Hashers relaxed in the hammocks and enjoyed the facilities on offer in this rather spacious spot.
The group photo was taken and then Zidane took duty as Ringmaster and duly introduced us to our Hares (Chippy, Bull Ant and Jolly), our Virgins, our Returnees and our one Sinner, Whispering Steve! Together with more drinks and Zidanes usual mismatch of songs, it provided some entertainment.
It wasn’t much longer before dusk hit us, so it was time to load up the coaches and prepare for the return journey back to Vung Tau. As we only have one music box, Hashers had the choice of whether they wanted to travel on the party disco coach, or the more peaceful and restful alternative. This probably worked out to everyone’s advantage, having the choice not to endure ChomChom singing “Slough”, Doyle singing “Rasputin” amongst other classics!
Upon arriving in Vung Tau, the day was yet to be concluded. Even more was on offer at Tommy’s, thanks to the live music performed by the Perfect Jive Duo and many Hashers enjoyed a further Down Down Down together with more super cold beers and cocktails along with Tommy’s fabulous dinner menu.
Another wonderful Sunday afternoon with Vung Tau Hash (VTH3), a big thank you to all those behind the scenes that make the day what it is. The contributions in setting trails, ordering food and drinks, organising transportation and dealing with the accounts are all greatly appreciated. A final thanks to our regular excellent, helpful, safe and careful drivers from Toan Thang Transportation and Trading Service.
RUN 954 GALLERY