Thanks for all the advice...
Thanks everyone for all the good advice about the problem I had in colombia, the Doohickey thingamajig. For those of you who said I should've changed the thing before I left, I DID change it. The new one broke too!
I found an increadible mechanic in Ibague, Colombia whi had a new spring made. I opened up the engine to check out a new problem with the cam chain and the new doohickey spring is holding up perfectly.
With 25,000 miles now on the clock I'm hoping that these are just routine maintenence jobs. I've been riding the bike slowly which is making progress much slower than I would like, but at least it's progress in the right direction.
I'm off now to check on the bike. I'm in Lima and the bike is at Desert Honda which seems to be a good place for it.
Thanks again everyone for you advice and concern. I'll be much more careful of using the word 'help' and 'stranded' even though it was the case, I didn't mean to cause any undo worry or concern.