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Falling Uphill

Stories about the journey and the making of the book

More stories about Scott’s bicycle ride around the world, including stories about the writing of Scott’s best-selling and award-winning book — Falling Uphill. Falling Uphill is a metaphor for happy accidents or learning from mistakes and how often we are actually better off for our mistakes. It was the philosophy of life Scott learned while traveling around the world on a bicycle.

Here is one of the funniest chapters about how my friend Edwin traded a pen for a sheep as he tried to teach a Tibetian shepherd a "lesson". Also included is a video chapter about a heart-warming story of sharing a meal in a mud hut high in the Andes Mountains.
If pictures are worth a thousand words, videos must be worth a million. Unfortunately, I don't have very many videos from my trip because I didn't bring any digital devices with me until the very end when my film camera broke. That being said, I think you will find the following representative of cycling around the world.
One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle. 4 years, 41,444 Kilometers (25,752 miles), 59 Countries, 6 Continents and 4 moments of enlightenment.
The children's edition of Falling Uphill arrives in Kenya.
I have had many impromptu interviews all over the world, including the Fitness Guru on Sirius Radio and Around the World Radio.
The Spanish edition of my "Falling Uphill" kids book "Cayendo Hacia Arriba" is being used by the Peace Corp in Paraguay to teach kids how to read and dream.
I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way Galaxy, the Known Universe, and have called various places home.
Myself, the embassy, the media, and even the Governor of the Chaco all searched for Pablo and his family. Update: I have some new information. Please help find Pablo.
The first part of being a good adventurer is knowing where you are, and this worksheet helps you figure that out. It also gives a hint about what to do if you are stuck. Based on Scott's adventure around the world on a bicycle.
Scott Stoll is an author from my hometown who served as the U.S. Embassy’s cultural ambassador in Argentina during the 2011-2012 school year. His time in Argentina and collaboration with Argentine schools resulted in a Spanish language version of his book, Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life, about his 4 year journey around the world on his bicycle.
An introduction to enjoying the little things in life and finding an adventure right in your own backyard. Before I even returned home from bicycling the world, I wondered if I would see everything in a new light of wisdom, or whether I might die of boredom.
As I mentioned, celebrating the book, meaning feeling a sense of accomplishment, may be the most important step in the whole process. Read more about our goals.
Students from Argentina holding their certificates of achievements and their copy of “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” the book that we created together. In my opinion, the celebration of the book is the most important step. It helps the students realize their purpose in life, take a step of action with their passion.

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, suffering from depression, and 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?” 

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