This is a ride report I am reconstructing from a series of diary entries I did while I was on the road. I figured it is a good time to write now with the quarantine. It is also my first report on this site so I will try to do my best with it. I do not speak the English language as my mother tongue so excuse the funny expressions and grammar mistakes. For many years I had this idea in my head of doing the Mongol Rally by car but in the end, I was not able to form a team, so I decided to do it in 2019 by myself in a motorcycle. I had been preparing this trip for about a year and a half. I finally joined the 2019 Mongol Rally edition in late November 2018. The main thing about this rally is the engine size restrictions. This meant I had to look for a good reliable 125cc horse that would take me from my home in northern Spain to Mongolia; and possibly back. I wanted something comfortable and solid. I decided to go for the Honda Varadero XL125 which is based to a great extent in a Transalp. One decisive factor was its large fuel tank which allows for 350 km on a single deposit without plugging reserve. I met this way Juan who sold it to me it in a mint state with only 9,000 Km. I had to go to Catalonia by train and ride it back 600 Km so I had a good test run. Juan gave me the bike full of goodies such as crash bars, auxiliary lights, a 12v output, KTM windshield bolted on top of the original, hand guards and a plastic top case. Acknowledging the limitations in terms of weight and power I was very happy with my almost new Varadero. The bike in stock form is, of course, more oriented to road use rather than dirt tracks but really it is no compromise between comfortability, load capacity, and all-terrain in the 125cc segment so this would have to do. I spent some time doing some modifications to it though. With a friend, we cut and curved a piece of metal for a skid plate as they didn’t sell an aftermarket one. I bought those cheap neoprene protectors for the front suspension and fitted one from a quad to prevent dust going in the rear shock absorber. I also installed all the auxiliary switches and mounts on an auxiliary bar on top of the handlebar. Changed the exhaust for a Leovince. I figured if I was to be riding this thing for a long time at least I will be hearing a better melody. Also, it weighted much less compared to the stock one. I also took with me a -1 tooth sprocket to have a bit more torque in the difficult sections of the trip like the Pamirs. The last thing I will be doing was fitting a second mudguard in case I broke the original one. Shortly after, I moved to the Hunan province in China for 3 months, so I said goodbye to the project for the time being… Yes, very close to the center of coronavirus in Wuhan which I happened to visit before all this mess started to happen. I came back home at the end of June and started to get ready as I was to start my trip in just 12 days. While I was away, I contacted some companies for sponsorship in terms of material and spares, a couple of newspapers and Internet media to give visibility to a fundraising campaign I started for two NGOs (one requirement of the Mongol Rally is to fundraise a minimum of 800 GBP). I also sorted out all the visas, paperwork, insurance, money exchange for different currencies and final adjustments to the bike. My idea was to do this trip on a budget of around 2500 EUR not including the bike and all expenses I had covered so far. I ride daily a motorcycle, do some enduro and gone on small trips but this was truly my first time doing a trip of such magnitude and I had all the fears associated, especially riding a 125cc. I packed everything and tested the Varadero a few days before departure to see how it handled loaded. All I had to do now was to wait for the 14th of July.