PP & Capt F pleased ....
... to have shaken off Ring Peace
Lady P makes Pussies an offer she's thinking about
Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential - Winston Churchill
After the last trail I set with Leroy ("Don't worry Rapid, I know these woods like the back of my hand") it was decided that Leroy would check out the trail in advance and ensure that the paths connected where they should. This proved to be a good strategy, with one small flaw, namely that with the wet warm summer the undergrowth has grown somewhat. A path that was navigable a few weeks back was now so overgrown and totally impassable that it had to be removed from the hitherto now perfect example of Hare preparation.
No battle plan survives contact with the enemy - Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Part of the plan even took into account that the miserly stewards of Stockgrove Rushmere close their Pay and Display car park at 8pm [not to mention the £2 they charge .... dep ed]. Therefore the free "outside of their remit" corner car park was chosen. However to make this more difficult the evil "enemy" have now gone so far as to remove all signage to Stockgrove Rushmere Park. This resulted in Submissive driving aimlessly for a while whilst topless [probably not the only reason .... ed] and could also explain why Pussies was spotted in a layby [doubt it ... ed]. Anyways, a veritable horde of MK hashers descended along with a plethora from H5. Good going really for an early start on a Monday night at the far edge of our catchment area.
Plan the Flight, Fly the Plan - Motto of the US Naval college
The trail was set late pm the day before and even with the absence of snow, sleet or rain, still managed to mainly disappear. With such a large pack, no number checks (we forgot) and limited held checks the challenge was to keep the pack together. This we seemed to achieve, primarily because everybody was lost as they could not find any trail. Anyway it seemed to work. I especially enjoyed being splattered with germ-filled stagnant water by Ring Peace. Where is Scooby when you need him? The extra loop back to the Held check also worked well and allowed the stragglers led by Double Entry to get in front. After a perfect 55 mins it was back to the car and to the pub.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. - George S. Patton
With the Hash over and Team RA in the shape of Capt F having b*ggered off, an MKesque circle was called. From my perspective this appeared to include awarding Forking countless downdowns and celebrating Hashers who have turned up for random number of times. PP stepped in to try and keep up with the frantic pace.
"Wanna drink LUV?"
Leroy drools at the prospect of Forking's 5th down-down ...
.. before insisting his wife gets back in the kitchen
Lush stormed off half way through the circle, probably as a result of being called "LUV" by RP the RA.
Pour the pint, drink the beer - Count Roadkill
After dozing off a few times, it was back into the pub for a few chips, a final beer and then to navigate back to civilisation from deepest, darkest Heath and Reach.
I love it when a plan comes together - John "Hannibal" Smith
ON ON TO WESTON @ 4PM BANK HOL MONDAY... RAPID
It's a bit of a WI thing to say, but don't you just love the quiet, subtle, H5 way of doing it? - Ed
* as this Gawd Forsaken place (in Bucks from what I can gather) was advertised as Stockgrove it's no wonder half of us couldn't find it