After 30 continuous years of car ownership, I am slowly getting used to the pleasures of public transport – and Hong Kong’s public transport system is exceptionally good. However, no matter how good the system is, it can’t cater for the inept user! So, at the end of a running trail I’d not used before (that’s China in the background, across the water) I casually hopped on a bus expecting to be home in less than 10 minutes……about an hour later I eventually arrived, having visited parts of Hong Kong I never thought I’d see!
On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes and 12 fellow conspirators were caught attempting to blow up the House of Lords and in the process assassinate King James I as a pre-requisite to re-installing a catholic Monarch to the throne of England. Within months a new Act forced an annual holiday on this date as a celebration of the King’s deliverance and as a forceful reminder of the dangers of ‘Papacy’. 407 years later, this event, though no longer an enforced holiday, will still be commemorated in England with bonfires, the burning of Guy effigies and fireworks. Little of its original religious and political purpose will be understood. In Hong Kong most inhabitants will pass the day completely oblivious to Mr Fawkes’ place in history. Only in a small number of ex-pat households will bonfires and fireworks be whimsically recalled.
All of which has absolutely nothing to do with the photos accompanying today’s blog!…we had been told by a couple of acquaintances that there was an easy and pleasant 1hr 20min mountain trail run that would take us up and over a local ‘hill’ in a circular route to and from ‘home’. Last night while sitting on top deck looking at said mountain with a cold beer we decided to have a go at it first thing this morning. Well, these acquaintances must have been educated at one of the following establishments: The Lance Armstrong School of Alternative Supplementary Medicine, The Richard Nixon School of Truth and Honesty, The Albert Einstein School of Time and Relativity, The White Rabbit School of Time Keeping, The Hillary and Tensing School of Flatness, or The Icarus and Daedalus School of Human Locomotion.
After 15 minutes the ‘running trail’ got a little steep
A further 20 minutes later and the ‘trail’ seemed to conjure up a vanishing trick
Only after going uphill for 1 hour and 15 mins did we arrive at the 1600′ summit, having started at sea level. The ‘view’ is into China and all its pollution production factories.
After about an hour and a half, we finally came across what we would describe as some pleasant trail running
Unfortunately it was not long after that the more recognisable Hong Kong scenery started to intrude upon the scene
At the 2 hour point the path finally flattened out
And EVENTUALLY after 2 hours and 40 minutes we returned, jelly-legged, to a well earned coffee and sustenance break. (The top of the coffee plunger conveniently pointing directly at the top of the peak we’d just been up and over)
If our acquaintances were conventionally educated, we are a lot less fit than we’d hoped or imagined!