I was riding my bicycle thinking I was improving my health and breathing some clean air away from the roads and cars. Then I noticed that the weeds along the fence were being poisoned with herbicide for most of the length of this trail. Pictured is a wild grape vine that could have been killed by simply cutting the vine at the root. As you can see, the vine isn’t even completely dead. And there were also large patches of dead grass that seemed to have been accidentally sprayed. I have to ask myself a few questions:
What kind of poison is this? Update: I’ve been told it is mostly like Roundup, which destroys the plant by chelating and removing the nutrients. It appears it may evaporate in 24-72 hours or degrade in 7-14 days. But environmentalists say it lasts much longer, despite the marketing claims. Roundup also has the same effect on mammals, which means if you are exposed you won’t be able to absorb the nutrition in your food.
How much did I breathe?
Isn’t it ending up in the creek pictured in the background? And then the Ohio River, which is the drinking water supply?
Why would it matter if the fences were covered in “weeds”?
Why not plant less invasive flowering vines like morning glories?
Why not make it functional and plant peas, beans or hops vines?
Who do you contact to change this?
And, why weren’t there any warning signs. I ride this trail regularly and at some point, I might have rode by when this poison was still active.
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.
Chapter books by Scott and illustrated by elementary students
Update: The new book about living your dream is here. "The Cupcake Boy". Illustrated by Amy Belle Elementary School.
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.
Welcome to The Argonauts featuring Scott Stoll's: Bicycle Ride Around the World
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.