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BIG MOUNTAIN - Perro Caliente's mystery trail
Hares: Perro Caliente, Ms Oanh, Ben
Hash Flash: Cousin
We met in Hon Ru Ri (formerly aka Sao Bien 4) with weather forecast is high sun, and 29 Hashers arrived for Big Mountain mystery trail set by returning veteran Hasher Perro Caliente, his wife Ms Oanh and son Ben.
Hares start the chalk-talk that today the trail starts in Vi ba and ends at the Temple/Pagoda in Tran Phu street, when we shall take “Hashmobiles” back to Hon Ru Ri for the Down Down. Today’s hares use flour and shredded paper to mark the trail for a change from our usual red eco-tape markers.
We all start walk to Le Loi street and on to Vi ba. As soon as we walk to Vi ba, we almost turn the wrong way because the flour and “other things” have same colour and Hares put the flour near the wall so it won’t make a mess in the middle of the road.
We walk up the hill and stairs to a small shrine, then followed the trail to the hill. At first it is alright but as soon as we follow the big dirt road, the road ended and the trail must go around the mountain.
As we walk around the side of the mountain, we are lucky to help one another because it is slippery and it is almost like 70 degree mountain and similar to one of Mountain Goat’s rugged trails.
As soon as we passed the steep slope, it is a smooth walk to the Cambodian Temple. At this point, some Hashers already empty 1 bottle of water because of the weather, so we are lucky to get some help by mountain residents: they give us some water for our journey.
We continued up to the familiar track that a horse was running around in the middle of our trail 2 years ago; then we follow through a small wood and come back to one of Faulty Brakes and Flying Finn trails from last month.
We go down the step of stairs in the middle of local village, and as we come near the coffee shop the hares recommend us for some drink and a break until we continue down the mountain and come out at the temple. Then we all took Hashmobiles to Hon Ru Ri for Down Down.
We get to meet some new people and then SamSon don the chain of honour and started the Circle. A welcome message and he bring out the Hares family, and Shaky volunteers to rate the trail. He quickly gives the trail 10/10, for a very challenging and interesting trail.
We welcome the Hash virgins Ms Trang, Ms Huong and a Japanese teacher, just call him Ichi, and they are introduced by Basil.
Returnees: of course we welcomed back Perro Caliente and family Ben and Ms Oanh, and a Vietnamese returnee Mr Anh whom his excuses are school - which the Circle disapprove because no school on Sundays!
A sinner: SamSon for forgetting who Perro Caliente is because they meet frequently before and met in 2014 and 2015; also Ms Lien who frequently take a break and the Hares have to wait for her.
SamSon called Ms Linh to the Circle and introduced the Hash that she join more than 6 times so she need a Hash Name. Mother Teresa saw her wearing a rosy shirt, so she decided that Ms Linh shall be known as “Rose”.
Last, we thank you Foodie, Mother Teresa, for always treated the Hash for delicious snacks!
Announcement to Hashers that on Sunday 1 May we got a group of Saigon Hash will participant in a joint run. They leave the trail setting to us and will go whichever trail VTH3 go. They wish to avoid city trails and get a “Million Dollar View” trail which is also VTH3’s motto!
Next week trail we plan to go “Seaview to the Sea” (with Live Hares and maps), and we will decide where to go for a “Million Dollar View” on 1 May. Already some people suggest Minh Dam, Long Hai and Big Mountain – and the final selection will be announced and then appear in the NEXT RUN box, as usual.
In the meantime, we’ll meet again on Sunday at 2 pm for 2.30 pm start at Hon Ru Ri floating restaurant formerly known as Sao Bien 4 – about 30 metres east of the Ho May Park cable car complex on Tran Phu (see our home page for details).