MARCH 6 2022
Hares: Chippy, Secs, Mr. T
Hash Flashers: Secs
Run 998 - only two Runs more before we embark on our odyssey to Ta Cu Mountain and Coco Beachcamp for the momentous occasion of Run 1000!
As usual we meet at the our Hash home Tommy’s and Mr. T gathers the Run Fees, once everybody is ready we jumped into a couple of quirky open-air-golf-cart-12-people-carriers which will take us to our starting point at Trần Xuân Độ. Mr. T gives us our instructions - it’s going to be an easy-ish trail that will take us up Big Mountain, through many interesting temples, a war time bunker, across the top of the mountain through to Vi Ba and return to Tommy’s via the White Palace.
And it’s on-on we go, and as we leave Trần Xuân Độ we find our first obstacle - the narrow Hem that is to take us up the mountain is blocked by a locked gate! Not to worry with a bit of jiggle Mr. T manages to unlock the gate and we are free to start the ascent through the Hem, up some steps and soon we emerge at a quaint temple with plenty of interesting statues, including a reclining Buddha. We stop to catch our breath and enjoy the lovely balmy breeze, before we head off again and find ourselves on another set of massive steps taking us to a lemony temple, this time with a sitting Buddha, and another stop for the obligatory selfies. A walk to the back of the temple and its a short distance to the last of the temples on this trail - a Khmer temple adorned with intricate stone carvings.
We leave the Khmer temple behind by following the rail tracks from a winch used to carry supplies down to the temple from Ho May Park road. A quick look at an overgrown bunker that dates back to the war and then we follow a well trodden path that takes us to the Ho May Park road. We cross the road and follow the red ribbon through the forest until we reach the pinnacle of the trail and then we begin the long winding trail across the mountain. We are afforded some spectacular views as we scramble over rocks until we eventually exit the forest at Vi Ba road. About half way down the road we see loads of red ribbons wafting in the wind indicating we are to jump the barrier at the side of the road. This takes us down to the White Palace, a 19th century mansion once used as a resort of the French Governor-General of Indochina. More photos and we wind our way down to the beach road and it's a short walk past the Vung Tau Museum back to Tommy’s.
Back at base, there is the usual assortment of soft drinks, ice-cold Saigon beer and, of course, delicious pork bahn mi. Our newest member Mr. Vyacheslav has also kindly provided a box full of Russian style sandwiches and a very generous bouquet of beautiful yellow flowers for all our Hash House Harriettes in celebration of International Women’s Day. A very nice gesture. The flowers are distributed to our lovely ladies and the team photo is taken. Gradually our Hasher ride off in to the night while the usual suspects continued to enjoy ice-cold Saigon Chill and the dulcet sounds of Ben and Friends.
Another brilliant Sunday afternoon. Until next week and Run 999 - one more and it’s Run 1000!!
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