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Bicycle Buttons April 24th, 2015

Martina Gee's Velobotóns Urbana Earring

Editor’s Note: This world cyclists supports her travels with handmade bicycle button jewelery or velobotóns!

Velobotones

I’m Martina from Switzerland and since 2009 you can find me most of the time on a bicycle seat somewhere on this world.

As a very creative person I wanted to add something to my travels and created the velobotones. Small bikes made of wire were a bit boring, so the colored buttons came into play. The first models were made in Bogota, Colombia. From that point in time the offer is expanding steadily and the luggage is getting heavier and heavier. Some velobotones already travelled through various countries and lived some good adventures but I prefer to let them spread there charm somewhere on the way.

Furthermore they provide that I can pedal a bit longer as they fill my travel purse. From now they are available on this website:

You can follow more of Martina’s adventures here, or order some buttons.

 

Martina Gee's Velobotóns Carrera

Martina Gee's Velobotóns Earrings

Martina Gee's Velobotóns key chain

Martina Gee's Velobotóns Penny Farthing

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How to fall uphill

How to fall uphill by Scott Stoll

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

Cayendo hacia arriba: El Secreto de la Vida Update: The new book about living your dream is here. "The Cupcake Boy". Illustrated by Amy Belle Elementary School.

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Cayendo hacia arriba: El Secreto de la Vida 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.

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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.

Scott Stoll celebrating have ridden a bicycle around the world

Above: The map of Scott's adventure.
Below: Re-imagine the journey in the best-selling independent book "Falling Uphill".

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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 battling the skeleton warriors. Still from the 1963 movie "Jason and the Argonauts".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.

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