Today turns out to be a TGO Challenge day.
We arranged to meet J and V for lunch at the Giobrio restaurant in Sale.
J is doing the Challenge. After we had enjoyed a fine selection of Maurizio’s risotto, pizza and tagliatelle, he produced a bag full of 1:50000 maps of Scotland. Comparing routes, we worked out that we should catch him up at Tarfside, and can give him a lift home later. We discussed food drops – his route is similar to ours so we may be able to do some drops for him on a trip to Scotland several weeks before the Challenge.
We also discussed Nallo Lady’s charitable donations of her signature dish – chocolate caramel shortbread – the subject of a separate posting later. We should be able to carry plenty as our simple route with four re-supply points means we (NL that is) only have to carry a maximum of two days’ provisions at any one time.
Back to Maurizio. We discussed the state of his business…”so so” – cheese has recently doubled in price, flour for pizza making likewise, and lots more. But has he increased his prices? The pizza was £3.50, risottos were £3.99, so perhaps not. However, that was all academic, as this fine fellow joined in the true spirit of the Challenge and absolutely refused to let us pay him anything at all, drinks and all!
NL and I will be back. The ‘Talk Italian’ package has arrived from Waterstones and NL wants to practice on Maurizio, even though he told us that the area we are visiting in July and August sports a strong local dialect.
So we were a very happy pair as we strolled back home past the King’s Ransom (see photo – Giobrio has fine food but its frontage lacks photogenicity).