Spocky arrived back at the car park at the riding stables looking a little flustered, and pronounced that he wouldn't try to be so clever laying the trail again. It was going to be a one-and-on trail, without any fish-hooks, because he forgot!
The trail started off going immediately across the road, with the front runners finding the end of the long - which was a loop - before being called back by the hare. Straight down through the woods, and then that long short-split which sent them back to the start. The rest of the trail was pretty much a straight walk to the reservoir for the walkers, and a huge number of loops for the rest of us. When we got to the sweeties stop, Spocky announced that is was 10:50 by the time he'd laid up to this point.
The trail for the longs and shorts soon split after the regroup, with the trail taking in some streams to cross and some serious undergrowth.
Back at the car park, there were fines by Happy Snapper for arriving late, as well as for O…
After today's 7 miler, I was too tired to write any words, so here's a set of photos today telling the story of the trail!! Thanks to Speedy for taking them.#
Despite its length (which were hares made perfectly clear at the start!) it was a great trail on a clear and sunny autumn morn ing. The views from the top of Exwick over the city were fantastic. I certainly took in some tracks that I'd not hashed on before!
First trail of the new regime... with Spocky and Bollards taking on the reins as GMs. Shame Bollards had already done the opening circle before Spocky had arrived! Good to see Menage back at City of Exeter H3 too.
It was a hash from the new home of Bullbait, Child Catcher, Stingray and Splat in Bradninch - with a swimming pool in he garden - or so Son-of-a-Bitz thought - and he threatened to dive in. The hares told us that there was going to be 12 'Xmas-themed' fishooks to 'enjoy'. Tampa had arrived early and had a clipboard (collecting names for the Xmas meal next week), but Woodpecker did not break his tradition, and arrived late while also waking up the neighbours by revving loudly as he reversed!
Stingray, full of confidence, but not knowing where the trail went, sped off along Hele Road, but was called back by his mum as we headed across Charwell Meadow and the wetlands, then across to the west side of the town. The photo of the view below was taken from Back …