Hi readers, we’re sat in a stylish cafe in Turin letting our breakfast go down. It’s been a really cool few days, and we’re not only talking about the falling temperatures!
We rode the short trip from our last campsite to Lindsay’s flat really quickly due to flat, straight roads. We arrived in great time and had a shower. Lindsay quickly became a hero in our eyes as she volunteered to put our washing on. Words cannot express our gratitude for this, we will be smelling like angels for the next few weeks thanks to her!
We said hi to Evie, Lindsay’s 5-year old daughter, but she hadn’t quite warmed to us two strange English cyclists by this point. Despite this, Agostino (Evies dad) suggested going to the local pizzeria for dinner. We had already fallen in love with proper Italian pizza so didn’t need any persuading at all! We had a lovely evening with great food and even better company. By the end of the evening, we even got the impression that Evie was warming to us!
The next morning, we were put on babysitting duty while Lindsay went to work before Agostino came over. Evie had given us the go ahead, despite her main concern that she wouldn’t be able to ask us to put cartoons on telly due to the language barrier! We spent the morning hiding her many dolls, and being taught various Italian phrases by this hilarious little girl! Amongst the dolls, we met her knitted Liverpool footballer. We thought he looked like Andy Carroll, but she insisted his name was “Doctorre” (doctor). Here is a photo of Andy “Docttore” Carroll, feel free to make your own assessment!
After the morning’s hilarious activities, we felt we were accepted by Evie, even though her English phrases “be careful”, “oh my god” and “you’re a cheeky monkey” were very frequently used!
We had a delicious lunch of pasta, sausages and chicken salad and chilled out for the afternoon before heading into Turin. Lindsay and Agostino showed us around the various Piazzas and streets before driving to the Turin football stadium. Torino were playing Roma that evening and we had managed to get hold of some tickets!
We entered the stadium under the impression that the game would be a walkover. Roma had been on a record-breaking winning streak and Torino had not won in their last 6 games. This match however, would follow a different script. After a close first half, Roma went in 1-0 up. The Torino crowd were lighting flares and setting off deafening bangers in an attempt to spur their team on!
Roma came out and decided to defend their one goal lead, which allowed Torino to up the pressure and equalise! The crowd went wild and after a tense last 15 minutes, where we learned even more (slightly ruder) Italian phrases, the game ended. Torino had done the unthinkable! Their players celebrated the 1-1 draw like a cup final win and the fans were partying in a similar fashion!
We headed back to Lindsay’s flat buzzing from the game!
The next day we said a huge thank-you to Lindsay and a fond farewell to Agostino and Evie. We’ve had a great time in Turin thanks to these awesome people!
We rode to our campsite and Matt über carbo-loaded up on gnocchi while I had a petty big portion of pasta. After a beer, we headed to bed ready to brave the temperature of the night in our tents. As we’re writing this blog, we can confirm that we made it through the cold night!
Today we hope to ride the chilly 140km to Milan where we’ll camp again before checking out the city. Let’s hope we don’t freeze to our saddles!