On 10 Oct 2019, I depart Hawaii on a round the world hashing excursion. Original destination was Trinidad for INTERHASH. This trip was cut short due to COVID 19. Time to quarantine, and get caught up on medical stuff. Next trip . . Even more epic
  • Day171

    Bahrain Black H3 Trail #1847

    March 28, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    In this new era of social distance hashing, Saigon Sally and I set trail early this morning. Start location was posted, and hashers were allowed to show up and follow trail anytime they wanted during the day. According to the reports and check ins, looks like we had about a half dozen hashers follow trail, last one finishing right at dusk (so roughly 9 hours from start of setting trail, to last one in). Had plenty of desert shiggy, ups and downs, and even a water crossing. No circle, only texting about it on WhatsApp. Good fun just the same, the best we can do it these unusual times. On On. https://www.relive.cc/view/vZqNNdzAA3qRead more

    Hazukashii

    The start, clearly identified.

    3/29/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    About 1 Km in, we had a downhill section.

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    Hazukashii

    And then a downhill followed by a desert crossing.

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  • Day169

    Visa Extension . . . No Problem

    March 26, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Since tomorrow starts the weekend here in the Middle East, today was the last day I could go down and get a visa extension. It was only a 30 min walk from my buddies condo, so I took off about 9 am. Found the place no problem, but the guard turned me away because I had shorts on. "You must put on long pants." I wandered around the area for about 30 minutes, but finally found a little shop still open, that had what I needed. Only cost me about $8 for a light pair of sweat pants, blue, that look fine. Then I get back over to the visa office, had to stand on the street for about 10 min, then quick temp check, then into an A/C tent. Next guard asks what I wanted, told him visa extension. He says ok, do you have a form. No . . . OK, let me get you one. So fill out the form, wait another 10 min, he waves me forward, and tells me to go down there and turn right. I go straight into an immigration clerk. I was anticipating an interrogation . . . what are you doing here, why do you want to stay, where are you staying, on on on and on . . . but no, the only question he asks me is . . . wait for it . . . cash or card? Hahahahaha. So now I have another two weeks in Bahrain, to watch the world implode, or unwrap itself from the COVID-19 scare. I am very lucky that I have a hash buddy here, that will let me stay. Also, after over 5 months of wandering around in shorts, I finally have a long pair of pants again, just in case. I hope everyone out there is happy, healthy, and sane of mind. :o)Read more

    You didn't have a pair of long pants???? And why did they only give you two weeks? Stay safe Haz! On On!

    3/27/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Nope, have been traveling light with backpack. Carry on only, so no room for long pants. This has saved me, probably over a thousand dollars. Normal first bag is $35 on many airlines in SE Asia. If I take them on my next flight, I will have to get rid of something else.

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    Hazukashii

    Also, two weeks extension is all they will give in Bahrain since 2014. The two weeks cost me about $65 US.

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  • Day164

    INTERGULF 2020 Recovery Run

    March 21, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    A hearty pack of 4 gathered for the Black Hash Recovery Run today. Keeping our 2 meter distance throughout, our small gang skulked around the back alleyways in search of the perfect trail. Well we didn't find it, but we had a damn good time. Another INTERGULF officially in the books, and I have just enough details to write an article on Bahrain. Did we have a good time? You bet your ass we did!!! https://www.relive.cc/view/vdvmBpB28NORead more

    Hazukashii

    What a pack of misfits.

    3/21/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Saigon, contemplating life . . . What have I done to deserve this? he says to himself.

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    Hazukashii

    Newly named "Slither"

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  • Day163

    INTERGULF 2020 Main Event

    March 20, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Just two weeks ago 40 International, and over 60 total hashers were signed up to attend INTERGULF 2020 in Bahrain. Then the bottom fell out last weekend, and COVID-19 curtailed all travel. Only one of those 40 made it into country before the travel restrictions kicked in (yea, that would be me). Due to ever increasing restriction, the Thursday evening pub crawl was cancelled, and only 11 hashers turned up today for the main event trail out in the desert. One hare (Saigon Sally - who set an amazing trail) and two hounds took to the hills for the runners trail, and one hare and seven walkers set out to beat the runners back into the finish. The walkers achieved their goal finishing in under an hour, as the runners popped up over the final dune about 20 minutes later, just as dark was settling over the site. Keeping our social distance, we conducted a circle and even managed to name one hasher . . . SLITHER. I'll save the naming details for another time. Great day of minimum 2 meters between hashers, and fun . . . FUN I tell you, was had by all. https://www.relive.cc/view/vKv24KZDr46Read more

    Hazukashii

    At the start, practicing our social distancing.

    3/21/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Runner's trail, 11.25 Kms of fun in the desert.

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    Hazukashii

    Its the desert, but still a lot of fun hashing terrain.

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  • Day162

    All By Myself . . .

    March 19, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Although most social activities are locked down here in Bahrain, like they are all over the world, it is still a lovely place to be. Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and easy to maintain that social distancing. I have vowed to make the most of it, and get in a workout every day. I have an awesome place nearby to meditate while I run . . . as they say . . . "All by myself"
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    Hazukashii

    Its about 2 Kms per lap, but can break it up with some figure 8s. Wanted to see how far I could run now without stopping. Did 5 kms (3 Miles) in 32 minutes. Best I've done since before the operation. Walked an additional 2 miles just to meditate.

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  • Day161

    Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits

    March 18, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Since my world travel has been temporarily curtailed due to COVID-19, I will not have any Wonders of the World photos, or World Heritage Sites to describe for some time. What I can report from this vagabond lifestyle is that sometimes you just don't have convenient access to things like laundry and haircuts.

    Over the past five months, this has created some very entertaining stories of spending 6 hours with the hotel staff in the Solomon Islands trying to keep the washing machine working. Or walking 15 minutes to a shop in Cairo, with a promise to pick up the next morning, only to return to the shop being closed. Calling the number the man provided, he made up several stories about he meant it was going to be three days, not one, or the power was out, etc etc. So these concerns make you really consider how long you are going to wear clothes, and "if its really dirty." :o)

    Now haircuts are different, getting one or not, does not make such a big deal, since you can wash your hair everyday. But recently I went 10 weeks without a haircut . . . the longest between haircuts since 1981, before I went to boot camp. Over my 31 year career in the Marines, I estimate I got over 1500 haircuts, even including time in combat environments.

    Even after I retired, I religiously scored a haircut every 2 weeks (cutting my annual haircut budget in half :) ). So 10 weeks was starting to freak me out, I hate hair on my neck now. Plus, it made me look old as hell. Also, conserving razor blades, I would normally only shave once a week or so. Yesterday I looked like I was 75, but with a haircut yesterday, and a clean shave today, I look like my normal 35 again. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Life is good, and how was your day?
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  • Day159

    Bahrain H3 Trail #2550

    March 16, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    A rolling stone gathers no moss . . . so this rolling stone keeps on hashing. I had the opportunity to join the Bahrain H3 for their weekly evening hash tonight. This time of year, it is dark for the whole trail, but being mostly a street run there was plenty of lights. It was the annual St. Paddy's day hash, and the pack dressed in their best (yea, right) green attire. Trail was pretty much a street run, but the circle was a rousing good time with plenty of hash songs and cheer. A solid pack of 25+ enjoyed this gaggle of brilliant jokes, songs, and even came with a pot of Irish stew. Ok, maybe it was just boiled potatoes with some beef cubes, but it was surely tasty to the half drunken pack after an hour circle. This was the final local hash before the hoard of visitors (or maybe the one dude that got in) roll in for INTERGULF this weekend. And FUN, FUN I tell you, was had by all. https://www.relive.cc/view/vNOPn5WP3YqRead more

    Hazukashii

    Chalk Talk

    3/18/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    The walkers on trail

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    Hazukashii

    Beer check

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  • Day158

    Recap of the Last Month

    March 15, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    As you can see on the photo, one month ago we were flying up from Australia to Kathmandu, Nepal. Was everything I expected it to be. Then on to Dhaka, Bangladesh, which was not what I was expecting. Then over to Muscat, Oman, and did not know what to expect. Then we had 5 days on Cyprus, followed by a week in Athens, Greece to see the Acropolis / Parthenon, and then 4 days in Zagreb, Croatia. Finally 5 days in Cairo, Egypt to see the Pyramids. Now in Bahrain, where I got tested (results = Negative) for COVID-19 upon arrival. Not sure what is next, playing it by ear.Read more

  • Day158

    The past 24 hours has been pretty wild

    March 15, 2020 in Bahrain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    This time yesterday, we were jumping in the taxi at our hotel in Ma'Adi (Cairo), and headed for the airport. There were very few cars on the streets at 6 am, plus the fact that many roads were flooded. The taxi had to go through no less than 5 water pools in the road on the way. Jo was flying back home to the US (JFK), where her folks were picking her up (she made it safe and sound by the way). My return flight from Jordan was cancelled, so the whole trip to see Petra was cancelled. I quickly booked a flight to the next scheduled locations, which was Bahrain. Jo's flight was at 9:30 am (mine was at 1:50 PM). So we rode in together, and I planned to hang out at the airport. Jo goes in fine, I get told to wait outside (in the building, but in the front area) until 8. I tried again at 8, they said come back at 9. I came back at 9, they said come back at 11. I finally get in at 1030, after sitting for 4 hours with almost nothing to do as their was no free WiFi at the airport. The remaining 3 hour wait went quickly after I bought some WiFi on the inside, and drank a couple beers. The flight to Bahrain was uneventful, and less than 3 hours, super easy. Upon arrival, we were directed to a bus that took us to a fenced in compound . . . a makeshift medical screening facility. We go in, get issued masks, and told to fill out a medical form. We then lined up for an evaluation, nose swab, details, etc., and we sign forms that we will be quarantined for 14 days in home. We then watched the staff come back out from the screening area shouting names through their masks, to get people to sign their forms. I was first to get done, and the only American, so was easy for me. All the others spread out in the waiting area, so they staff had to walk all over the room until they found each individual. Once that was complete, they sent our tests to the lab for analysis. While waiting (at about 8:30 PM) the staff finally realizes we are not getting out anytime soon, so they bring in airline food for everyone. The usual chicken or beef options, and the rest of the tray. By 9:30 PM, the air conditioners are working overtime, and the whole facility is getting pretty cold. So seeing everyone shivering, I asked the staff if they can turn down the AC . . . 15 minutes later they bring in a bunch of blankets. We have been in the process for 4 hours at this point, with almost no information on what is going on. Finally, at about 4 am, we get the word that all tested NEGATIVE, and we were ready to complete the immigration process. That takes another hour, and we finally get the word that 14 day quarantine was not required. We are free to enjoy life from outside a locked room (I don't think I could stand going to prison, holy hell). Here I am now, in Bahrain, and ready for the hash tomorrow, and the INTERGULF hash event next weekend. So will be here at least a week . . . but then what? Time will tell.Read more

    Hazukashii

    The waiting area, about half the size of a football field.

    3/15/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    After they bring out the blankets. This fine lady got the only cot, but she also provided me a hotspot WiFi off her phone. That was HUGE, after sitting there for 3 hours. Was able to contact my friend here, and let him know I was stuck indefinitely.

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    Hazukashii

    Behind this wall was the makeshift medical screening area and immigration counter.

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  • Day156

    Cairo H3 Trail #2089

    March 13, 2020 in Egypt ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    After the biblical rains yesterday of over 3 inches (normal annual rainfall in Cairo is 1 inch), the city was pretty flooded. There were reports that parts of the city had their water turned off to alleviate the flow on the sewer system. Anyway, the hash did NOT cancel. Since the area the trail was planned for was pretty well washed out, the hash was adjusted to a city trail to ensure all could participate. So nearly 30 hashers turned up for all the fun. We had circle aside the roof top pool, despite the fact that it was only 60 degrees F out, and it was raining off and on. All good fun, then we went back to the start (most always they meet at the Ace Club in Maadi, at 1300 on Friday) and had a couple beers in the Ace Club and sang many hash songs. What a great time. Hope to get back to Cairo again. https://www.relive.cc/view/v4OGmPzro5qRead more

    Hazukashii

    As you can see on the street behind, lots of water everywhere.

    3/14/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Greetings and chalk talk inside the Ace Club.

    3/14/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Beer stop number 3 at the GM's house . . . and this is his car. Tree fell on it last night. Actually, it was a good thing the car was there, because just to the right on the sidewalk is a little one man guard shack that was also hit. Had the car not been there, surely the man in the plastic guard shack would have been seriously injured or killed. It a pretty big tree.

    3/14/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    The sacred hash down down mugs.

    3/14/20Reply