At ten thirty, Geoff was still laying the final refreshing touches to the
trail that had been dampened by overnight rain. On this windy, grey and
fresh morning the weight of the shopping bag full of flour had slowed him
down so that he only had a few minutes to refresh himself before the first
of the keen hashers began to arrive.
With no help from the hares as to a general start direction we initially
found several false trails from the car park until settling on a trail
north west along the road towards East Marden with the expected check
just east of Wildham Barn.
Bika sniffed out the correct choice of trail from here and we headed south east ending up just the other side of Lambdown Hill from the chariots. Those familiar with the area discounted the trail back to the chariots and forgetting that we should be following real flour headed towards Greatdean Bottom and had to be called back by the hares leading to much confusion that persisted until we were shown the start of a trail in the opposite direction, round the edge of the field just north of the chariots to end up back at the first check.
This time yours truly checked out the steep hill trail but it was still false,
Flash ran back up the road toward the car park not to be seen again for some
time and the main pack found their way north west parallel to the road,
then across it and west up the long climb into the north part of Inholmes Wood,
where Dr Blood found the disappointingly small wild orchids. Nevertheless he spent
some time taking closeup snaps.
At the circle we thanked the hares, and discussed Pancsi's new shoes, how Flash
had gone missing, how some run for miles on non existent trails and let Mussolini
have the Hash-It for doing all that lying down at the Flash Halt.