One man’s quest for happiness
4 years, 41,444 Kilometers (25,752 miles), 59 Countries, 6 Continents and 4 moments of enlightenment
In one week, Scott Stoll lost his job, his best friend, hisA 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 an odyssey around the world by bicycle, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life, vowing to find happiness or die trying. Stoll felt that life was a gift and that he had only one chance to live. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
After many years of preparation, and only 5 days before the 9-11 attack in NYC, he began his first pedal stroke and eventually cycled every inch to meet his goal of circumnavigating the globe under his own power. (The equatorial circumference of the planet is 40,077 KM.) And, that’s not including his 10,609-Kilometer warm-up ride across the USA from border to border and coast to coast. Scott was the only American to complete a round the world bicycle tour during those interesting times.
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 — 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 in Scott’s best-selling independent book Falling Uphill.
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Relive the adventure in Scott’s independent bestseller: Falling Uphill
The YA edition of Falling Uphill is here for the young adventurers and the young at heart. Hundreds of photos and frequently asked questions. Plus advice how to make your dream a reality right now!
Now the best-selling independent book has been re-imagined and illustrated by Poplar Creek Elementary School. Also in Spanish. Illustrated by the schools of Argentina. Cayendo Hacia Arriba: El Secreto de la vida.
Pedal Power: Inspirational Stories from the World of Cycling
New. Scott has a chapter about his bicycle journeys and how his adventures fuel a desire to make the world a better place.
Synopsis: A bike can be so many different things—a simple way of navigating busy city streets or enjoying quiet lanes, a cross-country steed to take a rider up hill and down dale, or even a world-beating racing machine. What unites everyone who rides is that they each have their own cycling story to tell. This book collects inspirational stories from riders around the world, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the London cyclist who rode 10,000 km in a month, to the daredevil trials rider who hops from building to building, to classic tales of grand-tour rivalries and legendary cycling records of days gone by. Essential reading for anyone who loves life on two wheels. Available on Amazon.
New Edition. Scott has a co-starring role in Edwin Tucker’s “Let the Buyer Beware”. This story is based on the funniest chapter in “Falling Uphill” but from Edwin’s POV.
Synopsis: Humorous tales of travel and misadventure. Lonely Planet knows that some of life’s funniest experiences happen on the road. Whether they take the form of unexpected detours, unintended adventures, unidentifiable dinners or unforgettable encounters, they can give birth to our most found travel lessons, and our most memorable – and hilarious – travel stories. These 31 globegirdling tales that run the gamut from close-encounter safaris to loss-of-face follies, hair-raising rides to culture-leaping brides, eccentric expats to mind-boggling repasts, wrong roads taken to agreements mistaken. The collection brings together some of the world’s most renowned travellers and storytellers with previously unpublished writers. Available on Amazon.
Falling Uphill: The short film
One man’s quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.
Travel around the world with this montage of photos and videos from Scott’s 4 year, 26,000 mile bicycle tour. Previously a Youtube Feature Video and specially requested for the Boston Bicycle Film Festival.