If you could do anything, what would you do?

Scott Stoll

Scott Stoll Scott Stoll asked himself a question: "If I could do anything, what would I do?" His answer resulted in a quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle (31,495 miles, 4 years, 59 countries, 6 continents). His adventures are chronicled in Falling Uphill, a tale described as having moments from pure survival to pure enlightenment. Upon returning home and seeing the fruits of his journey inspire so many people, Scott hopes to create a life full of entertaining and inspiring tales of his adventures of self-discovery and the magic and mysteries of life. He was recently honored to be the Cultural Ambassador to Argentina by the US Department of State and received the Hosteling International's "Spirit of Adventure Award", among other distinctions. Scott is currently working with local schools as an artist-in-residence, including the YMCA and the University of Cincinnati as a Community Professor. He continues to support his adventures as a Senior Freelance Graphic Designer and his new position as a graphic design Adjunct Professor.

Scott Stoll before and after his bicycle trip around the world.

Scott Stoll in the US Embassy of Argentina with the Deputy Chief of Mission Jefferson Brown, Ambassador Vilma Socorro Martinez and Press Attaché Shannon Farrell

The longer story: In 2001, Scott left behind beloved San Francisco and began the first pedal strokes of his trip around the world, which almost ended 5 days later when the terrorists struck New York City. After a month-long deliberation, Scott decided to continue his trip during what would become a unique moment in history, being one of the few Americans to travel abroad and the only one to travel the world on a bike. Citizens of other countries would often regard Scott as "the bicycling ambassador". And unlike most modern day adventures, Scott traveled the world with nothing more than a paper map, and of course the prerequisite open-mind and an open-heart.

Before his epic journey, Scott came from a modest background. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Waukesha before returning to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee for his degree in the fine arts. Scott has also worked and lived across the US and England; however, after living life like the indigenous inhabitants in over 60 countries, Scott has been called "a citizen of the world" and has worked hundreds of truly odd and dirty jobs to provide for his journeys.

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Recipient of The Spirit of Adventure Award. Presented by The LA Council of Hostelling International for outstanding enthusiasm and curiosity while traveling.

Bicycling across the country may seem hard now, but someday I imagine I'll be in an office or on a couch wishing for my bicycle and a small stretch of road, wind or no wind, hill or no hill, even rain or no rain. ~ Scott

To fund his adventures, Scott spent a decade working in advertising and graphic design from Washington, DC to San Francisco, being labeled at times as an art director, graphic designer, production artist, photographer and/or copywriter. Scott has freelanced in over 100 ad agencies, including TBWA/Chiat/Day when they won the prestigious "Agency of the Year" award. Scott has also won a handful of industry awards for his design and writing, and is proud to have written for the New York Times. And prior to his journey, he also founded the award-winning website, The Argonauts Inc. It was like a social media blog about adventure, before blogs and social media were invented. More recently Scott has been an author, motivational speaker, Honorary Committee Member of Hostelling International, a radio correspondent, Northside Education Committee Member and more.

Of course, Scott is always dreaming of the next adventure and next book, but currently he is enjoying his adventure at home, because he has learned that even traveling around the world on a bicycle is too fast. In fact, one of his main goals is simply to build a community of people passionate about bringing great ideas to life in a way that is mutually beneficial to everyone involved and the world at large.

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Albert Einstein bicycle quote. Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.

A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke. ~ Scott Stoll

When I started this collection of bicycle quotes, I never imagined that I would be one of the people quoted. My quote is featured for the month of February in the 2015 Bicycle Bliss Calendar. The publisher's website description of the calendar reads: "With inspiring cycling quotes by luminaries such as H. G. Wells, Scott Stoll, and Mahatma Gandhi." I can't even believe my name is in that sentence!

Falling Uphill a book by Scott Stoll

Best-Selling Independent Book

Falling Uphill

One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle

This is Scott's magnum opus, the best-selling book about his 4-year journey searching for the meaning of life (as featured in the New York Times), including many harrowing adventures, like being thrown in prison, mugged at gunpoint, nearly dying of dehydration, and equally as many heartwarming moments. More info.
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Scott dipping his front wheel in the Pacific Ocean after riding across the USA in 1997 — the test ride for his upcoming world trek.

Scott Stoll before and after his bicycle trip around the world.

Before and After Scott's world bike tour.

Scott Stoll in the Milwaukee Port

Favorite Photo courtesy of © Dan Zaitz

Scott Stoll on the border. Made in Wisconsin

Graphic Designer: Made in Wisconsin

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