Experienced Hashers could argue Château de Vincennes is a quite conventional venue but this edition was a special one combining usual trail finding and map orienteering . A magnetic compass would have been probably useful if we had knew before !
To get to the starting circle was the first challenge as there was none and three different addresses indicated : default address map on Meetup, right instructions on the PH3 web site and additional instructions from the hare to meet at drawbridge.
Most of you passed the test , except Just Xavier who joined us too late for the running pack, and the GM announced the further challenge of the day.
Our Hare Ossama bin Hashin’ , who laid the trail the day before had an unplanned travel and only left a map and some instructions to the Anarchist .
So a good turnout of 13 hashers with two visitors from Sweden on a hash tour Just Amanda and Just Johanna, Crack Climber from Montana and some Meetup new recruits Just Olivier and Just Jonathan from Manchester decided to take it up .
Ossama Bin Hidin’ pretended the trail was well laid with 2kg of flour for 13k where the usual average should be between 6 to 8kg for this distance , but confessed unspotted change of directions and missing flour in some parts .
The less adventurous took the map for a gentle walk , led by visiting GM from Sans Clue Hidden Asset , at least Sleeping Sex would not be responsible this time from missing the beer stop ! Anyway we miss you .
The wildest followed the GM to the drawbridge to start the trail . We were supposed to find some flour left of the castle but we had to go to Parc Floral, 1k from the start to find the first flour signs , which raised the enthusiasm of the pack.
And we entered the alleys of Bois de Vincennes .
We thought the absence of flour at the beginning was just a bad souvenir but rapidly we lost the trail.
The Anarchist had a magic card , the trail map and the jog tracker live map , so to reorient the pack in the good direction.
Sparkle was caring of Twinkle to avoid a search rescue in this confusing trail.
Then the FRB Just Jo, Just Olivier and Sex Tourist took command of the pack.
We were then looping around close to Lake Daumesnil and decided to reach the lake for the 3rd clue the Buddhist temple and we found the trail but in the opposite direction and had to go backwards and rapidly get lost by looping a 2nd time close to the lake.
My jogtracker map can confirm as it was looking like a “pâté” drawing . The Sparkle used his inherited Maori sense of orientation as even the GM was lost on reading the map !
We lost anyway Socks and Roses and later Running Commentary but were below the accepted loss rate so we decided to continue and just had the courtesy to indicate the beer stop venue.
Then it was time to leave the walkers to their destiny while the remaining pack of runners took the walker’s trail reverse and got lost again at the lake de St Mande , calling for rescue to the GM.
After regrouping we headed in direction of the Château , ignoring the walking trail and were looking for the gargoyles ( see 1st picture ) we found on The Sainte Chapelle roof.
And back to the start for the On In Circle where Sparkle our returning RA of the day took command of the circle .
The GM was called in the middle to replace the missing hare Obama Bin Hashin.
We honoured our Swedish blonde visitors Just Amanda and Just Johanna , Crack Climber apparently delighted from his romantic walk, our two new virgins Just Jo and Just Olivier , who actually were also FRBs , quite a good start , chaperoned by Sex Tourist.
Socks find also his way back as official DFL and Egg spurt punished for his very late coming .
A snoring (male ? ) version of the hash hymn concluded the circle .
It was party time for some more beer drinking and snacking.
After these 4 hours experience, part of the pack decided it was too short to leave and joined a pub for an On after.
Thanks Ossama for disorganising this, it was perfect !
It continued by trail setting in the sunshine for the next 13 k and was followed by a Chicken Imperial with soya and peanuts sauce, served with rice noodles and Jasmine tea to recover before the circle.
10 hashers including the hare were present , 4 walkers and 6 runners , most of you new to the Paris Hash or long term returnees and thanks to Meetup referrals .
I am making a plea to experienced Paris or Sans Clue hashers . Those new recruits need proper education in flour sniffing, singing, and drinking !
The hare “The Anarchist” gave the usual instructions . Sleeping Sex was denied the right to hold the map and Just Lindsay took command of the walkers group, chaperoning a young couple Lexa and Just Antoine .
The runners were led by Dirty Rags from Guangdong who was eager to discover a city run , quite different from his usual trails in the the jungle forest with false trails leading to nowhere.
Ossama being Hashing , a long term returnee from Paris hash , only 6 years pause without remorse …………., was already finding his marks and organising the first check point searches demonstrating his ability to delegate for finding the false trails .
Just Vlad aka Shitty Pants from Romania was already demonstrating his ability for walking the running trail .
We rapidly ran across the boulevard for a discovery of the gardens of the “Cite Internationale universitaire ”
Socks and Roses ankles began to suffer from hip pain and he requisitioned the scooter of Ossama’s son
and had a group picture at the first hash view .
The next kms were stretching the pack between the FRB Dirty Rags and the chatting DFL Chitty Pants and Socks and Roses .
Just before arriving at Porte de Choisy , the pack dismantled . The hare, caring for the DFL, lost sight of the upfront squad .
They had plenty of time to discover the crowdy shopping malls of China Town and get lost underneath the buildings of the Olympiades esplanade .
The Anarchist reached the beer stop and find the first survivor Dirty Rags . The walkers had found the beer , Socks and Roses managed clip clopping to reach the pack and by the miracle of internet the rest of the pack called the GM for rescue .
After a few beers , we finished the last park of the trail exploring the charming strets of La butte aux cailles and after the last stairs , the parc Montsouris was in sight for the final circle .
Ossama B H did his best as RA for the day and promised he will learn a hash song everyday for the next run !
The prize for late comers was given to Saving Ryan’s private and his half who managed to find the trail alone , the beer stop without beer and up towards the circle . Hurrah for these determined hashers and for the hare who laid the trail .
The hash hymn concluded this superb day .
But there is a huge forest area going up to Marne La Coquette , the walkers can testify but let’s go from the start.
Special X & Y checkpoints to day but sadly most of the hashers were celebrating at home or had the flu ….
The Anarchist followed the Hare French Kiss for a special private training session for the “cross du Figaro ” !
Despite careful instructions from the hare the walkers ignored them , took probably the wrong map and meticulously followed the long and windy runner’s trail , up to the point where they were totally lost !!
Hash is always a challenge and an adventure but chatting with a nice lady always a reward .
Her Prince Charming had the delicate attention to offer a relief at the Marne la Coquette railway station to avoid another long walk back and after one train stop they finally arrived at the Saint Cloud station .
The sunlight between the trees , the shiggy trails, some black crows eating the moist flour and my private coach asking not to slow down the pace to meet the walkers at the beer stop .
Last part of the run was also the opportunity to run across the gardens and the vestiges of the former Château royal
May the hash go in peace !