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KDH3 Baja Arizona Mash Trash: 12/30/18

Three Knuckledraggers met in Oro Valley on a beautiful but cold Sunday morning for a mash (motorcycle hash) hared by Wankers Aweigh. Trail took us through Catalina, Oracle, and on to the small mining town of San Manuel overlooking the San Pedro River Valley, hidden away on the east side of the Rincon Mountains and Redington Pass. This was the first time Flying Booger and Loose Nut had ever heard of the place, which is just 45 miles from Tucson, but Wankers went to high school there and knew it well.

The road from Oracle to San Manuel was the high point of Sunday’s trail. Oracle is 2,000 feet higher than Tucson and there was snow on both sides of the road leading out of town. Not only that, there were big patches of ice on the road, and Flying Booger’s ride almost went out from under him on the first ice patch we encountered, lending some excitement to the mash. We rode very carefully after that!

Loose Nut & Wankers on the road to San Manuel

In San Manuel we visited Wanker’s old school, then stopped for a photo op at the town’s Vietnam War memorial.

San Manual

From there Wankers led us past several No Trespassing signs to a nearby open pit copper mine. Naturally all three of us were layered in warm clothing, which we started to strip off during photo stops but quickly had to stop in order to put back on … it was one of those days where no matter how high the sun got, it stayed cold, and even colder while riding at speed.

At the closed copper mine

And just because so far it had been a short trail, we rode on-on north on 77 to Mammoth and Winkleman, doubling back to a Mexican restaurant in Mammoth for on-afters and lunch. After all, what’s a mash if you don’t hit or exceed 200 miles? We came pretty close, and we thank Wankers for an excellent trail through some beautiful parts of southern Arizona few visitors … and even some long-time Tucson residents … ever see.

On-On to 2019 and the first mash of the new year, which will be on Sunday, the 27th of January. Flying Booger will hare, and the tentative plan is to head south to Sonoita, Patagonia, and Nogales. Details to be announced by email and on our KDH3 Baja Arizona Facebook page, so stand by for news.


Sad News From Kampala H3

A boat taking passengers on an evening “booze cruise” on Lake Victoria in Uganda capsized and sank on Saturday, November 24th. Thirty passengers drowned, including four members of the Kampala Hash House Harriers.

As my friend Hazukashii noted, while plenty of hashers have passed on from old age and sickness, it’s a blow when hashers die by mischance. Here’s to you, brothers and sisters of another kennel, and may you be On-On forever!


Top left: Fred “Sweet Residue” Mawanda
Top right: Rehma “Short Ass” Ashaba
Bottom left: John Bosco “Piston Shaft” Nyanzi
Bottom right: Hajarah “Toffaali” Nagadya


KDH3 Baja Arizona Mash Trash: 11/25/18

A small group of Knuckledraggers met Sunday morning at the Triple T truck stop on I-10 south of Tucson. Braving blue skies and temperatures in the high 50s were Flying Booger, Wankers Aweigh, Master Meat Finder, and Loose Nut, all ready for a ride down back roads and through cattle country to the historic settlement of Arivaca.

Flying Booger led, since this was the same ride he had to cancel out of in November when his motorcycle was down for maintenance. The back road scheme worked well, except for the part where he got everyone lost and took them on a tour of the adults-only subdivisions of Green Valley, and except for the part where the back road was closed south of the Canoa traffic circle and we had to divert onto the freeway to get to the turnoff at Amado. From there, though, the curvy road to Arivaca was wide open, and we soon arrived at the Gadsen Coffee Company, where we posed for a selfie:

L to R: Master Meat Finder, Loose Nut, Flying Booger, Wankers Aweigh

The plan for our return ride went off without a hitch: back to Amado for another round of group photos, which you’ll see below, then back north on I-19 to the north end of Green Valley and a combination of lunch and on-afters at the Triple Play Sports Pub on Duval Mine Road. From there we all made our separate ways home, except for Master Meat Finder, who rode pillion with Flying Booger back to the Triple T to fetch her car.


Border Patrol was everywhere you looked, down there close to Mexico, but they weren’t interested in us, so except for the mandatory checkpoint we enjoyed uninterrupted riding with almost no traffic, and oh by the way for all you pussies who didn’t show up, it never got hotter than 70 degrees, perfect riding weather.


Next month’s ride will be on the fifth Sunday of December, which falls on the 30th. That way we’re not competing with Christmas, and since the 30th is one day short of New Year’s Eve, we hope a few more Knuckledraggers and prospective members will turn out for the mash (motorcycle hash, if you’re wondering). Our hare and ride leader will be Wankers Aweigh, and as soon as he gives me a starting point and time I’ll get the word out.

The very small and very new Knuckledraggers H3 Riding Club Baja Arizona send greetings to our brother and sister Knuckledraggers everywhere, and wish you the best for the holiday season and a great 2019!


Not this Judge!

I saw the headline on a news site and thought it was about Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly, no.

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Fourth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Scott Leehy would not disclose the meaning of recent photos that surfaced on social media of him wearing a red dress by a table of open beer bottles and a poster that bragged about his state of inebriation.

In one photo, Leehy, 56, is next to a poster wishing him a happy birthday. The poster refers to Leehy by his first name. The Bud Light poster also displays the phrase, “Sober as a judge…but not this judge!” In another photo, Leehy is seated beneath the Bud Light poster with his arms outstretched.

Leehy’s birthday was Aug. 11, the same day on which the Red Dress Run was held in New Orleans. The annual Red Dress Run is organized by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers as a charity run through the French Quarter. The Hash House Harriers touts itself as a “Drinking Club with a Running Problem.” The Hash House Harriers’ motto alludes to the practice of “hashing,” which involves running or walking while drinking alcohol. During the charity run, participants —including men — wear red dresses and other clothing items normally worn by women.

Well, you can read the rest. Seems pretty clear to me this is self-inflicted damage by a Hash House Harrier, trapped in the “drinking club with a running problem” mindset. It’s not the first time an adult with a lot to lose has been tarred with self-incriminating hash photos, either.

Hashing has a great history, one we all used to know, take pride in, and share with new hashers. Red Dress Runs ditto, especially the charities RDRs support. But what side of hashing do we present to the public? The debauchery. The drinking. The Brett Kavanaugh stuff, and if you think people have a low opinion of our new frat boy Supreme Court justice, consider what they think of Hash House Harriers and hashing.


The Perfectly Laid Trail II

For another international perspective on hashing, haring, and the perfectly laid trail, here’s a guide from the Polygon Hash House Harriers in Cyprus (author unknown), courtesy of Polygon H3 hasher Big Bang:


A Guide To The Laying Of Trails

In keeping with the original intentions of the Hash, there should be no rules as such, however, the following are necessary as a guide or code which accommodates an accent on social, healthy exercise and fun.

To start with there are one or two little ‘niceties’ which should be observed. When bringing a prospective member on their first run, you must ensure that they are introduced to the committee and particularly the Hash Master BEFORE the run commences, thereafter, it is your responsibility to ensure that they complete the run without mishap.

When taking on the responsibility of being a ‘Hare’, and make no mistake, it is a responsibility, you should recce your proposed trail at least twice, and be certain of every detail, before the date of the run. One of these recces should take place about the time of day during which the run will be held. It is also desirable, and good manners, to inform the On-on of the impending invasion of the restaurant or bar. This also serves to warn that extra staff may be needed to cope with the sudden influx of bodies.

The length of the trail will vary considerably depending largely on the type of terrain over which the trail is laid. As a fairly rough guide, if it takes two hours to walk the final trail, then it should be a hour’s run for the average hasher. An ideal trail keeps everybody together for most of the run, and the whole pack should be back to the run venue within approximately 15 minutes of one another, with slower runners arriving back in not much longer than one hour after the start. To overcome unforeseen difficulties, and to ensure that the run takes place, two hares will normally be required to lay the trail.

Now to the actual laying of the trail. The following points should be adhered to whenever possible.

1. The start and direction of the trail should be clearly marked and uncomplicated for at
least the first half mile, at which point there should be the first CHECK. This check must be a good one, designed to hold the pack for as long as possible in order that the late comers can catch up. The check should be in the form of a large circle of chalk or flour.

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From the check, the third or fourth is ‘On’ and it is optional whether or not you put directional arrows or horns on the circle to indicate the possible direction of the new trail or, indeed, false trails.

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False trails should be indicated by a cross at the end of the trail.

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2. REMEMBER THAT CHECKS ARE DESIGNED TO HOLD AND KEEP THE PACK TOGETHER. In order to do this you may lay false trails from each check point, but it is important to remember that a false trail should not be indicated or marked over 250 meters from the CHECK, and in open country, 100 meters in semi-scrub, or 50 meters in thick scrub. A good run should have at LEAST 6 good checks, and if the checks are laid as per the above code then there should be no need to write ON ON, however it is a good idea if only to jog the minds of the front runners that they should be calling this once having found the correct trail. Again for the Hashers benefit, it is often advisable to indicate LH3 on the occasional arrow just in case there are other arrows in the vicinity.

3. When marking the trail each mark, if using chalk, should be an arrow or, if using flour, should be a blob and no more than 30 meters from each other (these distances are only approximate). This should be adhered to as closely as possible in order that the front runners can be fairly certain when they have run out of trail. It is quite legitimate to make a sudden left or right turn from a comparatively straight trail without indicating such, and the hounds should realise they have over run the trail when the last mark was at least 30 meters behind them, or when the trail is marked with a CHECK BACK.

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4. If the last check has turned the pack onto a narrow, long path over which it is difficult to pass, or a steep shiggy climb, then your next check at the end of this path should be especially designed to hold up the front runners so those who were doing the greatest amount of checking at the last check or the slower runners have time to catch up. Depending on the make up of the pack and the difficulty of the stretch it is sometimes advisable to put a REGROUP to allow the pack to regroup.

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5. Each trail should include a little of everything, depending on the area where the run is being set. A little shiggy, open country, a little bush, level paths etc. It should also include a hill or steps.

6. The occasional long and short should be included to give the front runners a good run and the back markers time to catch up.

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7. Whenever possible very busy main roads should be avoided, and no check should be laid on or even close to a road. Quite apart from the obvious dangers of having a pack milling about near the edge of the road, there is the problem of hearing the pack calling over the noise of the traffic.

8. The last check of a run should be a particularly good one and bring the pack together for, ideally, a good flat or downhill run over a distance of approximately half a mile, giving everybody a chance to stretch their legs.

9. If you wish, you may on this last sector of the run indicate ON HOME which means that each runner is now free to make their own way, over whichever route they feel is quickest to the run venue, but for the benefit of those who are not familiar with that particular area you must maintain a correct trail back to the run venue. After the run the Hares are responsible for checking that all the runners have returned. If any are still missing after a reasonable period of time, they must organise search parties.

10. As Hashing is strictly non-competitive there will be times when new or un-fit Hashers lag behind the pack. It is good policy for one of the Hares, or the Hare, if the trail has only been set by one Hare, to remain at the back of the pack during the run to point any straggler in the right direction, and to ensure that nobody gets lost or left behind. Although it is ‘frowned upon’, all Hashers are susceptible to taking short cuts and are lovingly referred to as SCB’s (Short Cutting B******s) and every Hasher has at one time or other attained this title. So again, it is good policy for the Hare to note when he is setting the run any Short Cuts that may be used for the benefit of new Hashers. If this tactic is employed, it is ESSENTIAL that the Hare does not let the main pack see the SCB’s waiting at a point on the trail, thus indicating to them where the trail is going. Keep them out of sight until the front runners or main pack have arrived.

Finally to all runners, the Hares have taken some time and trouble to ensure that your run will be as enjoyable as possible. Do not spoil it by acting in an unhashma-like manner whilst running. CALL as appropriate and if necessary return along the trail until the next runner has been contacted and knows the direction in which you are running. You should call ‘ON ON’ at each mark once you have established you are ‘ON’. On hearing ‘ARE YOU ON?’ give the appropriate reply i.e. ‘ON’ ‘CHECKING’ ‘CHECK BACK’ ‘ON HOME’. This applies to all runners – front, middle and back.


Hashing is social running, and is enjoyable for what each person gets out of it. Whether you are an experienced runner or a beginner, each should respect what the other benefits from Hashing. If the experienced Hasher wants to do a lot of running during the Hash, he does this by being up near the front of the pack and doing a lot of checking, and the new or social runners can have their satisfaction by just getting around the trail, even if it means taking the occasional short cut, and both have the pleasure and satisfaction of each other’s company after the run.



The Perfectly Laid Trail I

Seriously, though … here’s one of the better guides to haring and laying trail I’ve seen, courtesy of Hogtown H3 (Toronto, Canada). The original author is unknown, but it was shared with the Half-Mind Weblog by Toronto hasher Rose eh.

Some advice in the guide may work with your own kennel’s way of hashing, some may not, but in general it’s solid and IMO every hasher could benefit by reading it.

By the way, the original post was several years old and featured an earlier hare guide from Hogtown. That guide disappeared some time ago, leaving a hole in this post. A reader noticed and alerted me to the missing content. Thanks, Half-Mind Weblog readers, for helping me keep this blog up to date and useful to hashers!

On On,
Flying Booger

Hogtown H3 Haring Starter Guide

If you are new to Hashing and Haring, here are some tips to help you set your first trail. Or perhaps you are a slow learner and want to improve the next trail you set.

Note, these are not rules. They are merely tips and customs as practised by the Hogtown Hash House Harriers and many other Hashes worldwide. Other Hashes may also have different customs. You may want to incorporate a custom you experienced elsewhere, feel free.

Notify The Hare Raiser. The first step is to inform the hare raiser that you want to hare a run. All members of HogtownH3 are encouraged to hare at least a few times a year. Whether you do, or do not have a date in mind, speak to the hare raiser about available dates. Once you have decided, inform the hare raiser as far in advance as possible, even if you have not chosen a location yet; fill the calender! First time hares are advised to pair up with an experienced co-hare. If you need help getting a co-hare, the hare raiser, can assist

Starting Location. You will need to find a starting location (on-in) for your run, this will also usually be the end location (on-after), but it does not have to be. If you start and end in the same location, it is an A-A run, if it is a different location, it is an A-B.

Most of the time, the location will be a bar, sometimes the home of a hasher or even an outdoor meet up point. The important factor is that a supply of beer be available for the on-after. If it is a bar, then choose an establishment with affordable beer (one that sells pitchers is advisable) and that has a space where hashsers can be hashers without offending the other patrons; a so called “hash friendly’ bar.

It is helpful to make sure the location can safely store any items like backpacks or coats that hashsers don’t want to take on trail. Often one or more hashers will drive to the on-in and will store these items in their cars (bag-wagon), but a back-up plan is good.

Accessibility. Speaking of driving. Hogtown frowns upon drinking and driving. While some people drive to a hash, we expect them to be responsible. When choosing a location, easy public transit access is very desirable. This is especially important for week night hashes where hashers may not have a lot of time to travel from work.

Beer Check. You will also need to choose a beer check location (BC). The same criteria generally applies to this as the on-in/on-after: there is beer and the location is hash friendly.

Beer. Beer will be required at the beer check (BC) and for circle at the on-after. If these events are in a bar, then the treasurer (hash-cash) will take care of it. Other locations will require that you plan to have beer there in advance. Beer that is purchased for the beer checks and circle will be covered by the hash-cash (you will be reimbursed). Additional beer should be available for the on-after that hashers can individually reimburse you for. It is also a good idea to have some water or non-alcoholic liquids available the the BC and on-after. You will be reimbursed for these too.

Hash Cash. Remember that we collect $7 hash cash from everybody participating. As the hare, you will be exempt from this (just a little “thank you” from Hogtown). When planning beer, it is important to seek out inexpensive beer supply so that the hash can afford it. Outdoor and private venues for beer checks and circle provide the best bang for buck, especially if you arrange low cost beer.

There may be times where you really have a great trail in mind, but there simply is no low cost bar around. If this happens and it looks like $7 is not enough to cover our activities, then you may suggest a higher hash cash, say $10, but you must notify the hash in advance so this is posted with the run details. A higher cost should somehow reflect a higher value such as more beer, an exotic trail or maybe a special beer location. Even better, you may find a way to supply even cheaper beer (brew your own!) and you could choose to lower the hash cash for your run, say $5, or we could simply drink lots more.

Trail. Now the fun part. First you will need to decide what type of trail to set. This may be a preset trail (dead) or a live trail. First time hares are encouraged to start with a preset trail, but it’s up to you.

A preset, or dead trail, is one where you lay out the marks earlier in the day, or even the day before if there is no threat of it being washed away. Trail can be any length you are comfortable with, but the convention is between 4-6 KM. Weeknight trials are typically shorter than weekends. If the weather is cold, that might also lead to a shorter trail. Generally the goal would be to ensure the slowest in the pack can finish in under one hour. If you are setting trail on a wonderful Saturday afternoon and plan to make it a long haul, it is a courtesy to notify the hash so those who know they can’t handle it have a choice.

At the beginning of the hash, we will circle up, and you will be invited to provide a ‘chalk talk’. Here you will explain your marks and any information you think will be helpful to the hashers. For instance, “look out for the ice on trail!”

If you choose to set a live trail, then you need to inform the GM or acting GM. Once it is decided to head out on trail, you will be given a head start (typically 10-15 min) and the others will wait (probably have a beer) and then circle up. The GM or acting GM will provide the chalk talk on your behalf, so you need to inform them of your marks before leaving. It is a courtesy to the hash to make sure if there are people who can’t do trail (bashers not hashsers) have an option to short cut to the beer check. One simple solution is to have a phone with you and let enough people know your number in case they get badly lost. Hashers should not expect too much codling, but perhaps you just want to be a nice hare that day.

Finally, it is a custom that if the hare gets caught setting a live trail, they will lose their pants, to be returned in circle. There isn’t really any history of this having happened in Hogtown, but it’s up to you!

Marking trail. By now you should have hashed enough to know the typical marks. Not all hashes use the same marks, so here are the main ones we use in Hogtown.

Hash marks (lines) or blobs of flour. These indicate the path of the trail. It is good practise to place them generously, say every two telephone poles apart or less on roadways and a similar distance when off-road (shiggy). When a hasher has seen three of these marks in a row, they will assume they are on trail. You can, but it is not good practise to change direction using hash marks. If the trail changes direction you should provide either a check or arrow.

Arrows. Arrows should always indicate true trail. They are most useful for when you want change direction, say around a corner. They are also useful if you know it might be a long distance before you can place your next mark. An arrow will lead the hashers to where trail picks up again.

Checks. These are circles (O) that indicate that the trail can be going in any direction from that point. From here hashers will need to check for trail by scouting around to see where it continues. They will be looking for at least three hash marks or an arrow or another check to find trail.

Falses. These are either F marks or X marks that indicate a false trail. When setting a check you may choose to set a few possible trails, with only one being true trail. False trails should be two or less hash marks that are followed by a F or X. When a hasher encounters these, they will go back to the check and look in other directions.

BC and BN. These are religious marks that indicate the location of the beer check (BC) and the pending location of the beer check (BN or beer near). The BN is typically marked at the last change of direction before the BC, it might be in a check (BN with a circle around it) or it may be accompanied by an arrow. There are other variations on the BC, that indicate other religious experiences. These can be things like a shooter check (SC), a candy check (CC) or something nice to look at: a view check (VC).

Corrections. If you accidentally lay a wrong mark, it best to clear it or cross it out. A simple solution is to draw several lines though it. Hashers will know it was not what you intended.

Marking materials. Trail should be marked in non-permanent, biodegradable material. The two most common are sidewalk chalk and flour. The benefit to sidewalk chalk is that it is easy to draw elaborate marks and it is easy to draw on vertical surfaces, which can be helpful in bad weather. The downside to chalk is it takes longer to mark on the ground since you have to bend over at every mark and depending on the colour, can be hard to see in the dark or on snowy pavement. You also can’t easily mark on off-road surfaces.

Flour has many advantages. It is cheap, you can lay trail on the run and large blobs can easily be seen on dark surfaces. You can also spike it with coloured drink powder so it stains snow when laying trail in winter.

On rainy days it will also last a bit longer on the ground than chalk. The two big disadvantages to flour are that it takes more effort to draw symbols and most critically it can lead to problems with the authorities.

Although flour is harmless, it is often mistaken for either dog poison or some sort of terrorist act. Fortunately in Hogtown, the authorities appear to know who we are and we have had less issues in recent years. There are two strategies that can help you when using flour. If you are marking an off road trail, try to mark trees and vertical surfaces with flour a few feet above the ground rather than on the ground. A handful of flour thrown at a tree will usually stick. This will help not alarm any dog walker. If you get stopped by someone, politely explain what you are doing and put some flour in your mouth to show them it is non-toxic. This will also be your opportunity to send them to our website and invite them to the next hash.

Other tools. The best trails are ones you have explored yourself, however Google Maps is extremely helpful when searching and considering locations. A great online tool is Gmap Pedometer (http://www.gmap-pedom…. This overlays on top of Google Maps and allows you to design a trail and measure distances. You can save and print this and bring it along when setting trail.

Strategies. When planning and laying a trail, it is important to keep in mind the spirit of hashing. Hashing is not a race, it is a social activity involving running. Obviously trail should be fun and challenges are fun. Group challenges are even more fun. The trail marks described above are your tools for making this happen. Marks should be close enough together that hashers don’t get frustrated or end up cold, miserable and lost. At the same time, if trail is too easy, it will quickly become boring.

One of the most important tools is the check. This not only provides the challenge to the hashsers of finding trail, but it serves the valuable purpose of helping keep the pack together. A well laid trial will have very little distance between the front running bastard (FRB) and dead fucking last (DFL) hasher. Checks slow down the FRB and give others time to catch up. They also reward the FRB with the opportunity to do all the work checking for the others. It is, however, possible to have too many checks. When this happens it just ends up taking too long for hashsers to finish trail.

When setting trail it is a good idea to assess your own ability and compare yourself to the other hashsers you know. If you are a serious runner, remember others may not be, and if you are a casual runner, remember there may be those who will disappear from the pack and need to be reigned in, but will also get frustrated (and probably cold) if they can’t stretch their legs a little. If you are setting a long trail, plan for a short cut option for the slowest of the pack, or even an alternate, shorter ‘turkey trail’.

Another consideration when laying trail is to mix up the running surfaces. For many hashsers, concrete can be hard on the joints. Running off road trails (shiggy) is more interesting, a better workout and generally less painful. Again, remember the challenges, mud, river crossings obstacles are all key parts of a great hash trail. Be wary of serious danger like river crossings after a major storm, but be creative and see if you can lead the pack through that swamp!

Have fun! If you set a trail you enjoy, others will too. Challenge yourself and share the challenge. Haring as well as hashing in general is a great way to get to know your city. Consider haring as a chance to go explore a corner of town you haven’t before. And remember, by haring (frequently) you are helping keep a great thing alive.


KDH3 Baja Arizona Mash Trash: 9/23/18

If you haven’t been paying attention, a mash is a hash with motorcycles (see previous post). Except we don’t hash on motorcycles, it having been tried and found perilous. Instead, mashers ride in groups and have on-afters. You need to be a hasher to join, and you need a motorcycle.

With that by way of a quick introduction, today (Sunday, 23 September 2018) was the inaugural meet of Knuckledraggers H3 Baja Arizona, the newest KDH3 kennel.

Flying Booger (your humble GM & scribe), having announced the meet by email and on Facebook to known mashers in southern Arizona, most of them members of the old Harriers MCH3 chapter, rode to LeBuzz Caffe on the east side of Tucson to see who would show up. At five to ten Loose Nut drove up in a minivan, but by five after ten it began to look like he was the only one, so we agreed to cancel and try again next month. As Loose Nut drove away, two squids and a chick on sportbikes pulled into the parking lot, but I didn’t recognize them and figured they were just regular bikers out for a Sunday spin. Just as I was saddling up to ride home my cell phone rang … it was the squids and they were there for the ride, so we were back on.

Our new Knuckledraggers are Just Shit Talker and Strok E. Bear, both from Mr. Happy’s H3 in Tucson. Just Mindy rode pillion with both (she switched bikes for the ride home). I tried to call Loose Nut to come back but didn’t have his phone number, so we rode without a minivan in trail (I note for the record Loose Nut says he’s getting a motorcycle really, but I have a premonition he’ll show up next month in the same minivan).

Flying Booger, Just Shit Talker, Just Mindy, Strok E. Bear

Where did we ride? Up Mount Lemmon to Geology Point, where we took photos, and on to Summerhaven, where our planned lunch destination, the Sawmill Run Restaurant, was closed. We wound up at the Cookie Cabin instead. The squids new mashers led both ways, up and down the mountain, so they could ride faster than the old man (moi) on his old man’s Goldwing, but traffic mostly kept us together as a pack.

On the way down and back into Tucson I wanted to check out Bear Canyon Pizza as a possible on-after venue for future rides. Just Shit Talker, Strok E. Bear, and Just Mindy had to scoot home, so I did a one-masher on-after and it was pretty good, and no doubt the KDH3 Baja Arizona kennel will drop in there sometime in the future.

A small inaugural ride, but a good one. I’ll organize another KDH3 Baja Arizona ride for Sunday, October 28, and announce it on the Facebook group page and by email. Stand by for news, as they say.


Knuckledraggers H3 Baja Arizona

For your hashing and riding pleasure, there is now a Knuckledraggers H3 kennel in southern Arizona. The kickoff ride will be Sunday, September 23rd, and all area hashers who ride motorcycles are invited. Yes. A hash for bikers, like this dude:

Photo: Have Shit Will Travel, KDH3 Las Vegas

I founded the first hash motorcycle riding club, the Harriers MCH3, in 1998. At its biggest there were over 200 members, but they were dispersed all over the world and it was almost impossible to get anyone together for group rides, which was one of my original goals for the club. The only actual chapter of the club was one I started in Tucson with about eight members. We rode monthly for a couple of years, but the chapter has been dormant the past two years.

In 2001 a friend and fellow Harriers MCH3 member, Gaylord Focker, got another group of hashing motorcyclists together in Corpus Christi, Texas. He named his group the Knuckledraggers H3 Riding Club, or KDH3. Gaylord inducted me as a member and I rode with them on one of their first runs, to Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Since then other Knuckledragger kennels have formed around the country, with regular rides, get-togethers at interhash events, even a haberdashery. Knuckledraggers H3 Riding Club has an American Motorcycle Association charter.

Photo: Flying Booger in a no-longer-sanctioned KDH3 shirt

KDH3 avoids labels like “motorcycle club” and “MC.” That was not always the case: when first founded it was the Knuckledraggers H3MC, and I still have one of the original shirts with the forbidden words below the KDH3 gorilla logo. Here’s the deal: 1%er motorcycle clubs, the Hells Angels and Vagos and the like, lay claim to labels like motorcycle club, MC, and chapter, and they can be pretty forceful about it. Long story short, KDH3 is a hash and individual KDH3 groups around the country are kennels. Old patches and shirts have been replaced with ones that don’t have the forbidden words.

KDH3 is, no matter what you call it, a motorcycle riding adjunct of the Hash House Harriers. You need to be a hasher to join, and you need a motorcycle. There are no dues or fees, but members are expected to take turns organizing and leading group rides. Most kennels meet and ride once a month, and that’s the schedule I plan to follow with the Baja Arizona kennel.

The KDH3 Baja Arizona kennel inaugural ride will be on Sunday, September 23rd. I’ve invited all former Tucson chapter Harriers MCH3 members, along with other southern Arizona hashers who ride motorcycles, which includes Sierra Vista, where there are at least two active hashes and several riders.

Photo: Harriers MCH3 dropping in on the Candies in Bisbee

Past Harriers MCH3 group rides included destinations like Kitt Peak, Mount Graham, Casa Grande, Globe, Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Dragoon, Bisbee, Arivaca, Nogales, and Patagonia. I’ll lead the inaugural KDH3 Baja Arizona ride next month, which will be a lunch run to Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon. Our nearest neighbor is the KDH3 Las Vegas kennel, with about eight members; I hope at some point to organize a weekend event in Flagstaff or some other destination agreeable to both kennels.

Photo: Harriers MCH3 in southern Arizona wine country

About the rides: both Gaylord Focker and I learned early on it’s almost impossible to hash in the traditional sense on motorcycles. If you’re the hare you have to come to a complete stop to lay flour, and dismount to make trail marks. The marks have to be huge and even if they are, the pack is not likely to see them until the last second, which creates the risk of sudden swerves, stops, and even spills. Not good. It is possible for hares to give the pack instructions on where the next check is, and then ride ahead, but in my experience there isn’t much point to it. I’ve tried it, and it didn’t really add any hashing value to the ride. Instead, we do social group rides, with routes and destinations planned by the hare, with the hare as lead rider, followed by on-afters at local pubs.

Here are links to two Facebook group pages:

The KDH3 Baja Arizona Facebook page will be the central point of information for upcoming group rides and other events. We’ll meet and ride on the 4th Sunday of every month. Until we get our shit together and have elections, I’ll serve as GM and keeper of the Facebook page.

Do you ride a motorcycle? Are you a hasher? Do you live anywhere in southern Arizona? Come join us on Sunday, September 23rd! We’re meeting at Le Buzz Caffe, on the northeast corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway in Tucson, at 10 AM!