Map of bicycle ride around the world

Around the world by bicycle

One man’s quest for happiness

4 years, 41,444 Kilometers (25,752 miles), 59 Countries, 6 Continents and 4 moments of enlightenment

Scott Stoll's before and after picture of his bicycle tour around the world.

Scott Stoll’s before and after picture of his bicycle tour around the world.

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?

Scott Stoll Oregon Coast

Scott dipping the front wheel of his bicycle in the Pacific Ocean after riding across the country in the summer of 1997 — the test ride for his upcoming world trek.

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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See a Map and read more about How Scott rode a bicycle around the world.

spirit of adventure award

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.

Favorite media interviews:

If you could do anything, what would you do? Falling Uphill. Re-imagine a journey aroudn the world on a bicycle and re-discover the passion to live your impossible dream.

Relive the adventure in Scott’s independent bestseller:

Falling Uphill: One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.

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Falling Uphill:
One man’s quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.

Re-live and re-imagine bicycling around the world in quest of happiness. I’ve traveled the world by bicycle to discover the “secrets” of life, and I’ve spent many more years to digest my trip, exemplify the lessons learned and create a book that I believe is both entertaining and enlightening: I almost die, fall in love, find “God” and discover the meaning of life — what more from a story could you ask for?

Falling Uphill: Dreams for the young adventure. Young Adult edition.

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Falling Uphill:
The Young Adult Edition

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!

Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life. Children's edition

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Falling Uphill:
The Secret of Life

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.

New Now available online for free!

By the Seat of My Pants.

By the Seat of My Pants

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.

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.

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