My gf's brother and I celebrated our birthday at his mountain house with family and friends.. his birthday is on 20th and mine on 21st.. After the birthday weekend, I took bus from Medellin to Ipiales where my bike was waiting for me at hotel parking lot. I was worried it would not start up because it has been sitting there since August 18th, but I was glad I was wrong because it fired up after three attempt.. I was relief.. took my bike to nearest Taller of Moto and had them changed front/rear tire. I supplied the tires and it cost me only 15.000COP (or $5). TKC-70 came off and TKC-80 mounted. I shipped still good TKC-70 back to Medellin and it cost 40.000COP The clutch was not right as it was giving me difficult to shift from 2nd to 3rd and it is impossible to get into neutral unless I shut down the engine and it will pop into neutral so I tried to adjust the clutch only to find that cable is almost broke off on the lever end. I went back to Taller of Moto and they looked up for a replacement but one was too long and other was too short. As a solution, they put in new cable and on the end you screw it with phillip screwdriver. Cost me 2.000cop to get that done and I was able to adjust clutch.. it was better and able to shift but still not satisfied.. at least I only need to ride 90 miles to Quito and then I can have it looked into. But you can not go to Ipiales and leave without visiting the Sanctuary of Las Lajas. So the hotel manager offered to guide me there on his 250cc Pulsar moto. We went to visit the cathedral and it is very beautiful. Diego, the mechanic, for Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental had a look at my bike and we went over few things I want him to get done. While I was waiting for my next turn (he needed to tend to other bikes for the group tour and etc) Court helped me call a client in USA to see if he was willing to be my mule bringing BMW clutch cable because it is $120 at Quito BMW but not available and it is about $52 in USA. After client brought it in, Diego got to work on my bike.. In meantime, I visited the virgin of panecillo using the scooter zooming through the city. I have never rode the scooter before so it was my first experience and it was fun. Diego informed me that he thinks the bearing on my steering head and front wheel need to be changed and that bearing in rear wheel would be ok for other 10,000 miles.. After all the works was done.. changing bearings, checking valve clearance, new clutch cable & adjusting, new spark plug, new brake pads, fresh fluid in front/rear. Bike was good to go so I went to check out the Mitad del Mundo. I would have left sooner but I found out that my credit card, which expires on 7/2020, has been deactivated! I could not use it to pay Diego! Barclaycard has decided to send me a new card while I am on the trip (The card I had on hand was new last year!) Although I have another card, I prefer to use this one so calls were made and they had Visa process me 'emergency' card in Ecuador and shipped it via DHL. When it came, I was able to pay Diego then I was ready to leave. The next day, I packed my bike and said good bye. Pics were taken.. About 40km south of Quito, I noticed my bike was losing power and I became worried.. I was afraid that my bike lose compression so I pulled off the road.. and smell smoke.. it was coming from front brake.. damn! I waited 30 minutes for it to cool off before I rode to next gas store to buy water bottle and pour water on it. Water bottle was only 50 cents. I decided to go back to Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental and Diego was surprised to see me back so he knew something was wrong. I explained what happened. After troubleshooting, we found seals in caliper was bad but seals were not available.. Court decided to let me have one off his Husqvarna bike and leave mine with it. This morning, I left Quito heading to Chugchilan to check out the Quilotoa Laguna. I'm here at Mama Hilda's Hostal recommended by Ecuador Freedom Rental and I would recommend this place to anyone! Tomorrow, I am off to Salinas de Boliviar to check out the salt mines then to Baños after that..