DATE: 21MAY 2013
SITE: SPG 492-28 JLN MUARA, KG SG HANCHING
HARES: Duchess of Cambridge/Le-Anna
FRONT HORN: RYVITABACK HORN: HASH WIT
As I was leaving from Mata Mata it was raining and the sound of distant thunder didn’t bode well for a dry hash. But of course that means nothing in Brunei – localised rain can mean you drive from perfectly dry, through a patch of 200 metres where it is absolutely hosing down, to instant dry again. It was actually a lovely dry evening in Sungai Hancing. By the time I had walked to the tent to sign in, I had heard the words ‘lollipop’ and ‘long’ several times and this was soon backed up with a notice attached to the sign in board saying ‘1 ¾ hours for middle walkers, make sure you take a torch’. Not a good start for me, after a few days of stomach cramps and not eating much – I was just psyched up enough to push myself around a normal run for the sake of the words, but a long run – forget it! The ever faithful Trailblazer overheard me saying so and kindly offered to fill in the middle bits for me. A leisurely amble with Alison sounded much better.
We set off through some new housing and soon went past the more familiar Simpang where Cheryl and Magic Roundabout used to live. The paper led us into the jungle and up a decent sized hill (for someone with not a lot of energy to spare anyway). The trail headed right at the top of the hill and after a short way, the sounds of ‘checking from here’ could be heard. We reached the y of the lollipop, with the ‘in’ sign pointing left and down into the valley, and so to first check. We chose to walk up the ‘out’ trail for a bit and then turned around, taking in the sights of some new and very white Mediterranean style houses along the way. We were greeted with a lovely rainbow as we arrived back at the on-on site.
The trail through the jungle was very pleasant and the usual Lucky Garden atmosphere. Some of the new ones were tricked into thinking they were out when we popped on to the fence line of the National Security Centre along Salambigar Link. It was not to be, we were soon back in the jungle, but before long on to the lolly pop.
All the hens were safely out just on dark and the shout up began, minus JM Ryvita, who was needed elsewhere. The newly crowned Wonder Woman took the hares away. Two first time guests, Julie from NZ and Tuti from Indonesia were welcomed. Two new members, Cath and Rave were also welcomed into our hash family. Dr Zur looked very pleased with herself as she celebrated her 50th run and remembered her challenging introductory run at Kota Batu.
Dizzy offered to be ice queen next week, Sticky Rice gave some notices and Alice in Wonderland still wants more pencils for her Cambodia trip. JM Ikea invited us all to join her new and secure hash facebook and admitted to being a numbers geek as she reeled off all sorts of statistics for our first half year. Hash wit gave us a quick bit of wit about her good driving and Karlene owned up to needing a refreshing bit of cold water thrown on her by Dizzy, because she failed to sign out. Delicious Afghani food was enjoyed by all – spicy but lovely – thank you hares and Smurf who celebrated her birthday which was the day before.
Next week’s run is in Possum’s words, ‘not a Possum run.’ There will be a medium and a long run. The medium run took us 45 minutes walking at walky talky pace through a nice jungle trail with another 20 minutes of open track to finish. The long run adds on approximately another 3.7 km of easy to run on, open track, which front runners should enjoy, but is only meant for those who can run out.
NEXT RUN: MATAMATA