One man's quest for happiness
Around the world on a bicycle
4 years, 41,428 Kilometers (25,742 miles), 50 Countries,
6 Continents and 4 moments of enlightenment
In oneweek, 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 an odyssey around the world by bicycle, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life, vowing to find happiness or die trying.
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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Ask yourself this question, "If you could do anything -- anything in the world -- what would you do?" You can guess my answer. I feel that life is a gift and that I have 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." And, to be honest, I had more than my fair share of angst and riding around the world was the only option I could see to overcome my malaise and become (or is that prove) to the world who I thought I "should" be.
Favorite media interviews:
- The New York Times
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- Infobae. (Reprinted in dozens of Latin American countries.)
- The Buenos Aires Herald. (Reprint.)
- The Korean Economic Daily. (Book review.)
- Wisconsin Public Radio
- Around the World Radio. (Correspondent.)
- Outdoor Wisconsin
- WGN. (TV interview.)
- More Favorites
Winner of the Spirit of Adventure Award
Presented by the Los Angeles Council of Hostelling International USA. Thanks for giving me the opportunity for sharing my adventure.
Download their newsletter (PDF) about the award and a nice article about my trip.
Relive the adventure in Scott's independent bestseller:
The young adult's edition of Falling Uphill is here. Hundreds of photos and frequently asked questions. Plus advice how to make your dream a reality right now!
Now available online for free!
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.
By the Seat of My Pants
Falling Uphill: The short film
One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.
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.