Not Palm springs but had some beautiful Palm trees at Porte Dorée under a fifty shades of grey Parisian sky . Quite an exotic place our Hare chose to cheer the small pack of enthusiast hashers for a new , supposed to be circular trail . Rumours were told we should have taken a tram ticket to circle around Paris but Just Stupid had more than a single “tour dans son sac “. Flour markings explanations were properly given and the sole idea of a beer stop was enough to challenge the pack..
We had the choice to have a chat with the walkers, join the crowd at la Foire du Trone or go circling around the Lake Daumesnil to respect the Theme of the run. How dare you stupid fellows we had to pick straight in the streets and avenues of Paris 12eme and we began to understand that we had to complete the first half of the circle far from the Bois the Vincennes so close …. Just stupid idea you could think .
But the 12th arrondissement is really charming and full of contrast between the Hausmanian large tree-lined avenues and small paved streets with boutique shops , dead end only for the cars but exiting in small paths for the curious hashers.
At least you could imagine it was Spring time with all these beautiful blooming trees , tulips and nesting birds. The pace picked up again under the shady tunnels , but was slowed down by well laid check backs in diverting stairway exits and we headed towards porte Montempoivre to Saint Mandé . I got lost for a while with Sparkle and Sparkle junior but we managed to join the group just before entering the long awaited Bois de Vincennes. Only half of the trail though !
And then the flour marks tended to fade away and the FRBs Ooh La la and The Anarchist had more and more difficulty to maintain a quick pace . As clever and experienced hashers we decided to run 200m in front of the Hare who was consciously laying the trail again ! and the beer stop happened somewhere in the Bois.
Happily our beer master just coming back from mother land did not forget to bring a cargaison of Sagres beer for the beer stop and the On On after.
And that was the end of the circular run and the beginning of the Hash ceremonials with Sparkle RA of the Day. No way to honour our NYC visitors who disappeared before the hash circle but I hope you enjoy the tour. Then some returnees Ooh la la and Sparkle, 3X a Lady followed by a bunch of short cutters . Zizie had to drink for her missing fellows but her wearing a cap attitude deserved a second down down and a surprising deep throat session . No picture, you had to be there to enjoy !!