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19 February 2017
NUI DINH - two trails, mountain bikes and pigs!
Hares: Flying Finn, Skipper
Hash Flash: Mr Tu Anh. Additional photos: Nhan, Tiger, Ms Kieu Anh
The weather was perfect as we gathered at Hon Ru Ri: cool breeze and no sun. We welcomed 41 Hashers, plus another 5 we picked up on the way to Nui Dinh including Mr Tu Anh, who waited for us at the base of the mountain, making a total of 46.
While we were driving up the mountain, there were still some devotees who came to the Temple even though Lunar New Year is over.
We reached our destination at the end of the sealed road, and Hare Flying Finn told Hashers to follow the dirt road and stop at the lake coffee shop for the Chalk-Talk. Faulty Brakes and SamSon also took this chance to mark next week’s trail.
Once Hashers had all arrived at the coffee shop, Flying Finn started his chalk-talk: We shall follow the road, until we see red tape that tells us to turn right. Follow the red tape until you see a white barrier tape set by another group. Once there we had two options: turn right for a short cut, or for the longer trail continue up ahead and then turn right.
Then it was “On-On” with Flying Finn as the lead hare and Skipper as “Ailing Hash” (backmarker) Hare with Basil supporting. We walked until we reached the turning point, but Tiger and Mr Smiley confused the trail with next week’s Hares, deciding to follow them despite Skipper trying to warn them.
When we reached the white barrier tape, some people decided for short cut, others followed the longer trail. At this time, the last group met Terminator and Grozny II, with no idea they had already run and finished the long trail, Basil thought they’d gone the wrong way so he pointed to the long trail and Grozny II ran the long trail a second time!
During Hashing, we finally met the group who had put up the white barrier tape: a mountain bike club from Ho Chi Minh city. We avoided their oncoming bikes and also said “Hi” to the riders.
Once we finished the long trail, we came back to the short trail and followed it to the lake coffee shop, where some decided to take photos of the lake and little mountain pigs. Then we walked back to our bus for the Circle and Down Down.
At this time, our Hashers were visited by a local pig farmer, very popular with the Hashers, so time for more photos!
Then we took our Hash team photo, and Junior Hasher Ice Man donned the chain of office as Ringmaster SamSon started the Circle.
A welcoming message, and we brought in today’s Hares, Flying Finn and Skipper. So many good points from the Circle towards today’s run, so our Junior RM gave them 10/10.
We welcomed today’s Hash Virgins, Michael from Ireland and friend of Faulty Brakes; Mr Aki whom Basil forgot his nationality; Ms Terhy, her son Rhino and his wife, Ms Van, all introduced by Skipper; and Mr Hoang and Ms Van Anh who are staff of Hon Ru Ri and decided to join us today. We welcomed them all with our Hash Virgin song.
Next our Returnees: Tina with her excuse: “Working and vacation in Russia”, Ronald Reagan “My son was sick, and I was working”, Mr Smiley “Still in Tet mode” and finally, Tiger and son Oggy with “Working and Lazy”; Down Downs for them all!
Sinners were Skipper, Tina and Mr Aki for wearing sandals, with Tina’s excuse that she forgot, Skipper feels comfortable wearing sandals, so the sinners’ cups went to Skipper and Mr Aki, and the tube of shame to Tina!
We now officially gave Ms Kieu Anh a Hash name since she has joined us more than six times; suggestions from the Circle were “Fruits”, “Petit”, and “Sweet” because she brought us fruit. She decided to settle with “Sweet”, so welcome “Sweet” to our Hash Family!
Finally, announcements about the unfortunately cancelled joint run, and Basil will sell t-shirts and caps after the Circle. Next week’s trail is Dinh Mountain again, but different than today’s trail, with Hares SamSon and Faulty Brakes.
We’ll meet again next Sunday as usual at Hon Ru Ri, 2 pm for 2.30 pm start.