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 !