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METRO TO THE BEACH - or, "I can jump puddles!"
Hash Flash: Uncle. Additional photos: SID-knee, Tiny Tim
Ringmaster: Basil. Junior ringmaster: Ben
Drinks Wranglers: Ice Water, Anti
Our uncanny relationship with the weather gods continued as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri for the short ride to Metro, picking up three more Hashers on the way to make it a total of 38. Any "big rain" in the three days prior to Sunday would have meant taking a "Plan B" trail around the low-lying flood-prone areas, but it fortunately wasn't required.
The chalk talk emphasised the need to help each other in places - especially when crossing the main Highway 51C to Ba Ria - and then it was "On On" to Metro (strictly "No shopping" this trip!).
All "water jumps" were safely negotiated as we wound our way through the upper Ward 10 area behind Metro and across to the highway.
Safely across to the other side, we headed directly towards the beach then turned right to move parallel with the sand dunes through some rather picturesque vegetation. Several small'ish puddles here and there left a few with muddy shoes, but we managed to reach the beach near the fishing village without any major wardrobe malfunctions.
The familiar red eskies awaited - along with some Russian delicacies and other snacks, and a nip or two of Uncle's home-made chilli vodka fermented to instructions from Super Teen (but a bit stronger than expected because he "accidentally" doubled the number of chilli's and the days for marination)!
Many headed straight to the ocean, but eventually returned as we unfolded our sponsor's banner for the team photo - taken this week by a helpful stranger who happened to be passing on his way to the beach!
Ringmaster Basil called Hare Uncle into the Circle and Perro Caliente rated the trail a 9/10, which then received an extra point because Uncle broke the cardinal rule for Hares and set the trail by himself: 10/10!
Some confusion identifying the Hash Virgins, but we eventually welcomed Edward, introduced by Indecision, and subsequently Perro Caliente's brother-in-law Anton.
Then we welcomed returnees Indecision, UFO, junior Hashers Malika and Marianna, and Tiny Tim. UFO and Indecision were awarded the Tubes of Shame and both gave textbook examples of "how to swallow a waterfall without losing a drop"!
Danish Visitor Jasper from SH3 was invited to introduce himself, and then Tiny Tim and UFO charged about a dozen Hashers for not wearing regulation Hash t-shirts - which made drinks wranglers Anti and Ice Water very busy for a while!
Plenty of "animated Circle discussion" followed before it was agreed that Vadik will henceforth be known in Hash parlance as "Dynamo" ("Deanamo" in Russian English)!
Then Lady D wished Uncle and Anti "bon voyage" for their forthcoming sojourn downunder; and Basil announced that he and Mr Hoang would set next week's trail on Nui Dinh - with the usual reminder to keep an eye on our home page NEXT RUN box in case of any changes later in the week.
We'll meet at Hon Ru Ri next Sunday, as usual: 2 pm for 2.30 pm start - in any weather!
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