NOVEMBER 15 2020
LONG SON ISLAND
Hares: Anagram, Bull Ant, Chippy, Secs, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Secs, Mr. T, Ken Bao
Report: Bull Ant
Woohoo...it's Sunday! Time for run number 959 where our hares, Chippy, Anagram, Secs, Mr. T, and Bull Ant have set a trail in the hills of Long Son Island. So, as usual, after registration the bus was loaded with an abundance of fruit, banh mi, beer, water, and soft drink it was time to head off. It wasn't long before we arrived at our starting point where there appeared to be the tail end of a massive celebration and with a huge marquee erected across our path, we had to find a way through. Luckily the celebration was in it's final stages and we were able to pass through virtually unnoticed.
The trail started along a pathway through local suburbia and after walking a few hundred metres away from the noise of the party, it was time for Mr. T to address the Hashers and explain the trail. The focus this week was to be on the red ribbons as a large section of the trail was through very dense vegetation and did not contain any sort of path or track.
So it was on on and virtually straight into a climb that would take the group up to a height of around 160 metres. Those that took the time to look around whilst climbing up would have noticed the spectacular views overlooking Long Son island and beyond. On top of the hill we passed a wooden structure that looked as though it was held together with the same red tape used for marking our trails...interesting? Once the biggest climb of the day was complete, it was on on and almost straight into the dense scrub. Thanks to the Hares there was no shortage of red ribbons and everyone made it safely through that little challenge. From that point on, things were a little easier with a straight forward track leading us to the location of the down down, an abandoned coffee shop amongst the hills, providing the perfect setting.
With the trail being approximately 3km, all Hashers reached the down down in pretty quick time which allowed enough daylight to conduct the customary activities. After a few refreshments and the usual banquet of food, for the first time in several weeks the mandatory photo was taken and the circle was formed. With Zidane as Master of Ceremonies, Hares were rated, Virgins welcomed, and Sinners punished. This week we had even more to celebrate as it was Chief Stoker's birthday, so after the candles were lit on a beautifully decorated cake, Hashers belted out an extra song, singing happy birthday. It was now time to pack the eskies and board the bus for the usual joyous trip back to Tommy's.
With the bus departing somewhat earlier than usual and a short trip home, the expectation was that we would arrive back very early. Not to be. As the bus made it's way from the abandoned coffee shop down the winding road and through the first of 2 gates there was a slight hiccup. The last gate was locked and with only one way out there was some concern. Chippy was soon on the phone and saved the day. After a 15 minute wait for the key to arrive we were able to hit the road again.
After arriving back at Tommy's and unloading the eskies, the day/night was far from over. With live music from Perfect Jive Duo, and with beer and pizza on offer, there was hours more entertainment to be had. With some Hashers opting to dance and others just enjoying listening to the music while drinking and eating, it was the perfect end to another perfect day.
Thanks to everyone who make this weekly event what it is.
RUN 959 GALLERY