"Tropical pizza" anyone?

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Colombia  , Quindio Department,
Saturday, November 17, 2012

When we started to pedal down the dirt track, the hotel owner (who had been nowhere to be seen all morning) came racing out after us, to ask if we wanted him to put the heater on for a hot shower or if we wanted our breakfast that was included in the room price! So flipping cheeky, he was probably hiding until he knew that that he could get out of having to do either of the chores.

We made our way back down the gravel track to Santa Rosa and onto Pereira, which was a small city, with lots of traffic and it took a while to get through to connect to the highway on the other side.  As soon as we left Pereira the hill climb began and it continued on for the next few hours of cycling.  We knew that we had about 600 metres to climb between Pereira and our destination, Salento but we hadn't been sure where along the road it would be.  We stopped for some lunch along the way, in a nice roadside café, however my stomach was still sore so I just had some boiled eggs.  The turnoff to Salento seemed to take ages to arrive, as we counted down the kilometres to Armenia, but again, the views were lovely and the road was quiet. 

Finally we could see Salento on the other side of a deep valley, which of course meant that we had a long cycle down into the valley and then climb of a few hundred metres back up the other side.  It also meant that we would have to repeat it in a few days time to get back out to the highway again.  The long cruise down to the river was great and the climb back up the other side only took us 25 minutes, which I don’t think was too bad, at the end of our day in the saddle. 

We cycled straight to the hostel that had been recommended to us, which was a couple of kilometres out of Salento.  After the usual check in, shower, siesta procedure, we headed back into town in search of some food.  The main square was bustling with people setting up for dinner and we saw the main street was lined with trinket/handicraft shops, which we hadn’t really seen much of in the rest of Colombia. 

A guy came up to us with a brochure for a pizza restaurant and as the prices sounded reasonable and it was on the main square area we thought we would check it out.  The menu was of course written in Spanish, but we could de-code what most of the things were.  I opted for what can only be described as a bolognaise pizza (beef, tomato sauce, herbs) with cheese on top, kind of unusual but delicious none the less.  Kory decided to opt for the more unconventional "tropical pizza" and expected a Hawaiian type of pizza, maybe some ham and some local pineapple.  He was bitterly disappointed to discover that it was made entirely of sweets; a jam sauce, with gummy bear style toppings, covered in normal cheese.  It was really bizarre considering it was amongst everything else on the menu and not on a separate desert or children’s list.  We washed it down with a beer but it wasn’t quite the delicious meal that we were hoping to celebrate conquering our first 1000km of the trip with!
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Gummy bears and jam on PIZZA? Must say they have quite the imagination! I can't imagine Kory would even EAT it? Lol
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