FEBRUARY 27 2022
Hares: Chippy, Have-A-Chat, Secs, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Chom Chom, Have-A-Chat, Secs
Ringmaster: Chom Chom
The usual rendezvous of 1pm at Tommy’s, Mr.T sorted out the registrations and a gaggle of helpful Hashers banded together to gather the copious beers, soft drinks, fruit and Banh Mi, place it in the eskies and smothered it all with ice. With the preparations complete we boarded the Hashmobile and we are soon hurtling towards this week’s destination Nui Dinh.
45 minutes later we disembark half way up Nui Dinh Road at the newly renovated Bồng Lai Quán coffee shop. Many of our excited Hasher disperse to explore the area or relieve themselves. Eventually everyone is assembled and gathers round Secs for today’s instructions. We are to head down the road for about 100m where we will find the first of the red ribbons that indicate we are to turn right into the jungle. From there follow the red ribbons for approximately 1km before reaching a clearing at which point we will begin our ascent that will take us up, up, up the mountain until we reach a beautiful pagoda offering many photo opportunities. From the temple we are to take the path heading to the right of the temple which will take back to Nui Dinh road then it will be an easy walk back to the coffee shop.
So On-On! En masse we march down the road in good spirits until we meet the aforementioned right turn. Then it’s into the jungle. A somewhat steep, rocky terrain takes us down and then up until we meet a smoother path that we follow enjoying the surrounding nature. It’s not long before we reach the clearing where Mr. T is waiting to guide us over a large boulder that marks the beginning of the ascent.
Trepidatiously we scramble over rocks stopping periodically to catch our breath, take in the view and pose for selfies. Eventually we encounter some dilapidated old steps carved out of the side of the mountain. We reach the top of the steps and from out of nowhere emerges an awesome temple embedded in the massive mountain rocks. Pleased to have reached the apex of the trail, it's time to rest our weary legs before exploring the extensive pagoda and look out point. After many obligatory selfies we follow the path back to the road and finally back to Bồng Lai Quán coffee shop.
Ice-cold beers and soft drinks are waiting for us to slake our thirst. Voraciously we chomp down on delicious Banh Mi and fruit. Once our appetites are sated Chom Chom calls us together for this week’s team photo.
This week we celebrate three Hasher birthday’s - Smiley, Banh Xeo and Borneo Bum Biter! A beautiful cake is presented to a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday”.
It’s time to pack up the bus, say farewell to our hosts at Bồng Lai Quán and head back to Vung Tau. Plenty of on bus entertainment as beers flow and boom box booms. Before we know it we are back at Tommy’s. The birthday celebrations continue at Tommy’s with Borneo Bum Biter and Catwoman providing some delicious chicken, Randy’s woodfired pizza all washed down with lashings of Saigon Chill all the while Perfect Jive Duo are providing the entertainment.
Another great Sunday afternoon - thanks to all who helped. Two more weeks and its Run 1000 at Ta Cu Mountain and Coco Beach!
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