The RV for Hash 144 was just a couple of hundred metres from the Bodrum airport road. Not that you would know it from the route we were about to embark on. Everyone arrived in good time, with the exception lightfoot, who was relying on pedal power to get there. The circle was called and everyone gathered around. There were 21 hashers in total. This included 3 virgins and 3 returnees. The RA, Hose Handler had done a great job with the weather. This task will now fall to Culture Vulture for the next few months while Hose Handler stands in as GM until the big birthday bash in May.
First order of the day was the FRB from last time which was Culture Vulture. He then stayed in the circle as him and Pisser were the HONers from the last hash. Mainly because Culture Vulture led Pisser through a stinking river on the last hash. They were then followed in by the birthday girl, Butt Butt who was presented with a walking stick by the GM. The GM then told a few jokes and called in the Hare. Even Culture Vulture couldn’t pull the “its flat” routine on this one. The marking, calling etc.... were explained to the virgins. Next in was the RA for a warm up which consisted of getting dressed up and going out in the rain which Helmet Polisher did a lot of on their recent trip to the UK. And going in the car to the pub which Hose Handler did a lot of. Warm up done, On On was called and we were off.
The route went pretty much straight up a track which was steep but easy going. After a back check at the top which had been partially eaten by the goats we then went off piste. The going here was a lot tougher and it was quite uneven under foot. This went up for some distance and the further we went up the better the views became. We enjoyed some stunning scenery as we looped up in to Pedasa where families were picnicking and enjoying BBQs. The FRBs had pretty much lost the pack by this stage. One of the virgins, Erkan was at the front for a while but faded after a few kilometres. After a few more checks and back checks we were off back down the track we first went up and back at the RV. Some of the hashers were already back as the trail was a bit too much for them. The rest of the pack were soon back and tucking in to the beer.
First in the circle for a down down was the hare who got the usual heckles from the crowd. Then we had the HONers and the birthday girl. They were followed by the virgins and the returnees. The GM told another joke and then handed over to the RA. Muffin Muncher gave one of her jokes and it was then that the RA realised he had forgotten his joke book!!! He had to go all “old school” and do it from memory. Whatever he did, it worked, he got the best response he has had to a joke. Even Helmet Polisher didn’t have a chance to help (heckle) him. He definitely kept the best til last. This was followed by various trumped up charges which saw nearly everyone get a down down. Whilst your down there came in and gave the GM a large glass of port down down for his going AWOL until the birthday weekend. One of two lots of port he was given in the circle. The GM then said his goodbyes and everyone posed for a photograph to commemorate the day. The majority of the hashers then went back to the Italian restaurant for afters. The food was as usual, fantastic. Lovely cakes were provided by Fishy Fingers. The GM was given even more port so at the time of writing this trash, my heavy heart due to myself and Flasher leaving, is only matched by heavy head due to all the port I drank.