Carnage on Planet of the Apes
The weather this week was as bad as the previous week. An amber rainstorm warning late afternoon, raised to red at 6.40pm. If that wasn’t bad enough every conceivable warning went up, flooding, landslides, lightning, even Catch Of The Day couldn’t make it home as the road into her village was flooded. Not a pleasant afternoon and to top it all Eunuch had called the run at Kowloon Reservoir the previous week. Anyway Eunuch is not one to let a few bad weather warnings put him off setting a run so at 2.30 off he set, marking trail. Unfortunately the deluge of rain put an end to his carefully laid trail so as he headed back to his people mover he realised something wasn’t right…the rubber seal around the edge of his vehicle roof had been ripped off. Yes, you guessed correct, Eunuch had parked his passion wagon right on the spot where people pull into the car park and dump all sorts of crap for the monkeys. The monkeys were clearly upset by this and retaliated by ripping up poor Eunuch’s vehicle causing significant damage in the process. But not to worry, little Eunuch still had a run to set.
About 7.30pm when most of the pack had arrived Eunuch declared he will now do a live run. As we waited for Liberace to show up, Eunuch set off followed five minutes later by One Eyed Jack and Geriatric, the rest of us were well behaved giving the hare plenty of time to start setting his trail. The rain was relentless but at 7.45pm the pack set off, including visitor Lightfoot from Turkey who was following in the footsteps of Marco Polo and thought it would be great to run with the New Territories to finish up his extended tour of Asia.
Anyway, off we went heading left out of the car park, down the little slip road and onto the first check. Oranguwank and Liberace quickly solved this, taking us left and down onto the country park trail, coming onto another check. Not much thinking here as we turned left before climbing upwards to another check, that could have taken us either straight and into Kam Shan Country Park or up and up and more up. Well we let Oranguwank check left and Liberace up. Very quickly Liberace was calling paper so off we all followed except Oranguwank, who continued into Kam Shan Country Park. We huffed and puffed as we climbed upwards, eventually reaching the top with some nice running. As we headed downwards, we came across the hare shouting at the GM: “You’re doing it the wrong way!” but it was too late to turn back. As we ran a little further Liberace, the GM and Mango Groove met Oranguwank, who proudly declared he was doing the trail in the right direction and we should follow him. One Eyed Jack, Serbian Bomber and Back To The Future may have heeded this advice but the remainder of the pack ran back into Kam Shan Country Park, eventually losing trail and having to work their way down Golden Hill Road, across the dam and back home.
No surprise that at the bucket every man and his dog accused each other of shortcutting – you know something is wrong when One Eyed Jack comes back claiming to have done the full and correct trail, even going through some tunnels.
The circle was a lively affair, with the GM doing his best to control things. Lots of beer lots of fun, superb effort by Eunuch to set such a good “emergency” trail…can’t wait to do his planned trail. – Mango Groove
Runners: Back to the Future, Crème Brulee, Geriatric, One Eyed Jack, QT, Oranguwank, Serbian Bomber, Liberace, Mango Groove, Dingaling, Gunpowder Plod, Lightfoot