While adventure cycling, your highs become higher, your lows become lower, you sweat on the climbs and you chill on the descent. You urge your legs to the top and you thrill as you soar like an eagle down the other side. Headwinds demolish your energy while tailwinds delight your senses in every cell of your body. But this one thing is certain: friendship forges out of the shared rhythm created as you pedal down the road. Friendship bonds your hearts while you watch the embers of the campfire after a long day’s ride. Adventure cycling creates a bond in people more powerful than the spokes on a wheel or the chain on the sprocket or the tire rolling on the road. It reaches into the ethereal realm as one of the greatest miracles of the universe. To share the bicycle highway with a friend may be counted as one of life’s greatest gifts.
Sandi and Daniel on West Coast: Photography by Frosty Wooldridge
Here is a fun new graphic that I created. It has been simmering in my brain for years. I think it really captures the essence how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. The trick is harnessing that emotional fuel and turning disadvantages into advantages. Available as a free classroom poster. Contact Scott.
Update: The new book about living your dream is here. "The Cupcake Boy". Illustrated by Amy Belle Elementary School. More about the book >>>
Update: My trip to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State was a smashing success. The U.S. Embassy gave away 2000 free copies to the teachers and students of the 13 schools that participated. Most of these kids have never owned a book, much less had an opportunity to talk about what they dream in life.
I asked myself, "If I could do anything, what would I do?" My answer was to ride a bicycle around the world until I discovered happiness and the meaning of life. Discover what happened during the 4-year journey. Read all about it.
Above: The map of Scott's adventure. Below: Re-imagine the journey in the best-selling independent book "Falling Uphill".
One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.
In one week, Scott Stoll lost his job, his best friend, his girlfriend and his confidence. Disillusioned with society, full of angst, a lost and wandering soul with nothing left to lose, Stoll asked himself a question: “If I only have one life, one chance, if I could do anything, what would I do?”
His answer resulted in a 4 year and 25,742 mile odyssey around the world by bicycle, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life, vowing to find happiness or die trying. The quest wasn’t easy. He was imprisoned, held hostage, mugged, run over, suspected of terrorism, accused of espionage, trampled, diseased, heartbroken—he nearly died a dozen times. But more importantly, in the most unlikely places, he also discovered the wonders of the world, kindness among strangers, the meaning of life, peace, love and — Yes!— happiness — in the last place to look — and much more than he imagined possible.
Re-live and re-imagine a journey around the world on a bicycle as a man stumbles through moments of pure survival and moments of pure enlightenment. More info. or Buy now.
Falling Uphill The short film: A montage of photos and videos from Scott's 4 year, 26,000 mile bicycle tour around the world. Previously a Youtube Feature Video and specially requested for the Boston Bicycle Film Festival. "I nearly cried watching this video. Just a normal guy and look what he has achieved." ~ Ingrid K.
Jason and the Argonauts
The Archetypal Adventure
I recommend you read about the original Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, including the history, culture and the actual story. I've been collecting this info for years; and I find it fascinating how this myth has embedded itself in our culture. More info.