DECEMBER 27 2021
nHares: Chippy, Have-A-Chat, Secs
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Chippy
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
After 7 months in purgatory, Run 988 was the last of 2021. We’d normally do at least 52 runs per year however, this year we were only able to manage a grand total of 24 due to some pesky bug that's been going around. However, in addition to our usual home and away trails around the area, we did manage some interesting, challenging and fun trails:
Our Away trails took us to Nui Dinh, Long Hai, Long Son Island, Nui Thi Vai, Ho Tram and a new trail to Blue Stone Lake.
We had nearly 1000 total registrations averaging approximately 40 Hashers per run.
We continued to enjoy the hospitality of our host Rob at Tommy’s and the fantastic live entertainment at our down-down-downs. Randy’s legendary Wood Fired Pizza continued to delight. Saigon Chill was our beer of choice this year - a perfect drop for quenching our thirst after a trail - thanks to Mr. Phi for his support.
All in all not a bad year despite the restrictions… and so may it continue into 2022. As restrictions have eased we hope to do our first away trail as soon as possible and stay tuned for other exciting new trails we hope to do this year.
Back to Run 988 - we all met at Tommy’s for registration, paid our dues and gathered around Have-A-Chat for his inaugural chalk talk as Hare. He explained the trail that Chippy had shown us a couple of days earlier. We’d start along the same way as the previous week - on to Vi Ba to Hem 36 but instead of going left up to the temple we continue straight on past the Thompson’s House and then into the forest. Red ribbons would show us the way through the woods all the way up to Ho May Park road and then we’d cross over and traverse the otherside of the mountain until we reached the upper part of Vi Ba. We are to follow Vi Ba for a short stretch and then turn left at the Temple with the yellow gates and descend by the posh houses until we reach the bottom on the beach road. From there it's a short walk back to Tommy’s.
And on-on we go! It’s a beautiful sunny day, with a light breeze and low humidity and turns out to be a great trail - well done Chippy. It took many of us through some areas of the mountain we’d never seen before including some interesting old brick wells dug in to the mountain. There was only one really tough part which involved scrambling over some difficult rocks but at the end we were rewarded with a great view of Vung Tau. A very convivial trail with most of us sticking together and pretty much all arriving back at Tommy’s at the same time.
Back at Tommy’s we get stuck in to the eskies plenty of soft drinks and ice-cold Saigon Beer to slake our thirst and some delicious roast pork bahn mi procured by Chom Chom and Smiley . Perfect end to the run. Some of the more hardy Hashers as always stayed on for a few more beers and listened to our favourite local band Perfect Jive Duo. Randy’s pizza and more Saigon Chill completed the perfect day.
It’s great to be back on the Hash again!
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