Five intrepid hashers braved the pollution alert and fluctuating temperatures (somewhat offset by the lure of free public transport) to meet at the Chatillon/Montrouge Metro for Paris hash #855 (which turned out to be the distance – in hundredths of a mile – of the day’s run). Starting from the beginning of the under-construction tram (to be the only one in Paris with a “single rail” to guide rubber-tired vehicles), the trail followed various bicycle and walking trails that parallel the train lines going south. Along the way (foreshadowing things to come), visiting hasher, I Feel Tower, became separated from the group, which had to send out scouts to find him.
Somewhat before the outskirts of Orleans, the trail crossed the train lines to find the first Hash View, at the top of what must have been some sort of ancient burial mound. the FRBs rejected the the paved, spiral path leading to the ceremonial staircase and headed straight up an eroded goat path. The climbers were rewarded with a view of several construction cranes, the Tour de Montparnasse, and the very top of the (other) Eiffel Tower. the normally ubiquitous Sacre Coeur was hidden in the smog.
Descending from the mount, the trail took us to the Hash Flash at a communal vineyard (no wine, or even grapes, to be seen), on the way to the beer stop at Parc Paysager Francois Mitterand in Bagneux. The hashers spent their beer-drinking time trying to decipher the remains of a statue of a woman which had lost an arm and the head of her baby.
Mystery unsolved, the hashers left the park and ran past the Mairie (almost literally crashing a wedding), to another small park, where I Feel Tower (and guest RA I Like Your Boobs) again got separated from the group. After several minutes of fruitless searching, and assuming the wayward hashers would find their way back (or to the nearest pub), the three remaining runners completed the circuitous route to the on in.
Not finding the missing persons at the start, we did the only thing possible, and broke out the beer. Eventually, IFT and ILYB showed up and explained that they took a short cut from said park and found the trail on in. The cut being quite short indeed, they spent their time in a nearby pub.
Starting the circle, acting RA ILYB, called the hare into the circle, where he was appropriately treated to a down down. After revealing that his inspiration for the trail was his route from home to work (with “a few” extra loops), Egg Spurt was again rewarded for frequently “forgetting” which way the trail went. Visitor I Feel Tower was duly recognized, then was joined in the Circle by Saving Ryan’s Privates as intercontinental travelers who pulled all nighters to get to the hash.
The RA then cited the FRB (NB: first to arrive at the finish), IFT and the DFL (last to arrive) Running Commentary. This was immediately followed by calling out IFT and ILYB for being short cutting bastards, and then as “returnees” (since they had been absent so long). Finally, RC was cited for his “gangster” look: all in black with one pant leg raised. The circle then ended with a spirited, but brief, rendition of the hash hymn, before certain hashers rushed off to watch the end of France Ireland in the six Nations.