Snow clouds gather from the south, reaching from the part of the troposphere that shares a bath towel with the Antarctic to bring bitter winds and ice-laden clouds scudding toward a certain point on the west coast of Tasmania.
This weekend only the toughest of the tough will converge on the Bischoff Hotel (the weakest of the weak having already fled for Ghana) for the fourth Wild West Weekend and Burnie H3's 900th Run.
Registrations, room allocation and pre-run intestinal warm up starts from noon this Saturday 4th August, with "on on!" called at 2pm.
After a tour of the rugged Waratah hinterland provided by hares Urang and Phay Ray, the pack will converge for an extended circle, before getting changed into their Sunday-best flannelette for a three course meal. Having been fed, everyone will then gather in the main bar for world-class entertainment provided by the likes of country and western songbird Tammy Wynott, 80s disco sensations the Village Idiots, and local stars, the necessarily re-vamped Trio Plus-or-minus One.
Those surviving until morning will be treated to a full cooked breakfast, before heading back out for a head-clearing saunter and hare of the dog, followed by the now traditional search for the Hash Hops.
For those who have not paid (most of you), it will set you back $60 for all of the above, plus a commemorative badge.
Bring plenty of warm, dry clothing and a decent set of ear plugs (not just for Karaoke, you may be sleeping next to FC).
UP AND CUMMING. († updated)
Aug 4-5 - Burnie 900th @ Waratah
Sep 8-9 - Launceston H3 1700th @ "Queensfield" Breadalbane
Sep 15 - Devonport H3 Tour de Pisse
Oct 13-14 - H5 Oktoberfest @ Mt Field National Park
Oct 20-21 - Burnie Ten weekend
Mar 21-23 2008 - Interhash, Perth WA
RECEDING HARELINE († updated)
R*n 900 - Aug 4 - Urang and Phay Ray @ Waratah
R*n 901 - Aug 5 - Urang @ Waratah
R*n 905 - Aug 12 - Ratchet @ Gawler
R*n 906 - Aug 19 - Lone Arranger @ Wynyard
R*n 907 - Aug 26 - Dyke (HOFT #5) @ Meander Falls
R*n 908 - Sep 2 - Chunder @ TBA
R*n 909 - Sep 9 - Tals @ TBA
R*n 910 - Sep 15 - Devonport Tour de Pisse