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Sunday, 22 December 2013
"Quality not quantity" was this week's catchcry, with more than a dozen enthusiasts representing VTH3's proud boast of being a family Hash turning up for registration - despite the anticipated "Christmas Charity Run" hangover period!
We were also pleased to welcome back Pekka, who became voluntary Hash Flash for the sins of enjoying himself in the land of the midnight sun for so long - and Big Mac, who had finally managed to drag himself away from Newcastle (downunder) Hash!
An injured Falcon did the honours as Hash Cash (and goodness knows, we need the money!) and Beermeister - assisted by CNR to ice, load and cart the all-important eskies to "paradise beach" (see below).
The taxi fleet, spearheaded by CNR (aka seasoned trailblazer Brent), conveyed everyone to the start at 610 Tran Phu. Then it was "On On" and up, up through the familiar temple grounds - which doesn't take long to say in words, but certainly takes some time when putting one foot in front of the other: vertically!
A run briefing by CNR at the first rest stop after some cultural "objets d'art", then more steps!
The trail eventually swung along a fairly level track leading to the road that finally reaches the top of the iconic "600 steps", having passed all kinds of local scenery including the ubiquitous shopping stalls and playful children.
And then it was down the hillside to Tran Phu, and a relatively short but nonetheless exciting 500-metre walk to #83.
Exciting 500-metre walk? Yes indeed, because #83 is the address of the popular downstairs "cafe on the beach" (el paradiso...) that some of the more experienced Hashers will remember fondly.
The trail was rated an encouraging 9/10 by Pekka (himself an experienced Hare - of "Pekka and Irene's City and Lake run" fame). Hash Virgin Paul was welcomed, as were the returnees including "a Hash song for every occasion", Big Mac.
CNR will set next week's trail on Small Mountain - so we'll meet again at Offshore Bar 1 on Sunday: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start. In the meantime, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Reporting: Falcon, Uncle.
"Merry Christmas card": Pekka.