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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.
This free guide to Scott's bicycle ride around the world includes an exercise for turning dreams into reality, a world-travel trivia quiz, exercises for planning and mapping a world adventure, travel writing lessons, class discussions, backyard adventures, and more.
The reader's guide contains a list of thought-provoking questions, quizzes, and more to help readers and book clubs re-live Scott's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle and, perhaps, re-imagine the possibilities of your own life.
Here are a few videos I made during my bicycling book tour. Featuring a documentary asking people: If you could do anything, what would you do?
A quick summary of my trip as Cultural Ambassador to Argentina with my 5th and favorite video of distributing 2000 books to the kids.
I was honored to return to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador of the US Department of State. Read the overview and see the movies.
As the Honorary Cultural Ambassador to Argentina, here I am sharing my story with an elementary school in Corrientes, Argentina, the same place I got stuck in the mud for 5 days.
U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief Mr. Brown presented the governor of Chaco, Argentina with gift copies of the book “Cayendo Hacia Arriba” by Scott Stoll, and illustrated by school students from the provinces of Chaco, Corrientes and Buenos Aires.
Ambassador Vilma Martinez visited a school at “Fuerte Apache” to share an activity with the students and encourage personal and professional development among children who live in vulnerable conditions.
I’m very excited. This Thursday the Ambassador to Argentina will be visiting some elementary schools in Buenos Aires to read the new Spanish edition of my children’s book. The kids will be receiving their own copy of the book and the certificate of recognition pictured above.
Here is my new book on the floor of the print shop waiting to be bound. It's the Spanish edition of the kid's book, "Falling Uphill: The Secret of Life." I needed to hover over the guys at the print shop because it just wasn't getting done on schedule. Aah! And the books need to be on an airplane to Argentina the next day!
My most popular article about my bicycle ride around the world. It appeared in almost every country from Argentina all the way up to Canada. Quite probably millions of people saw this story.
The original press release for Scott's visit to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador. "Embassy sponsors visit of writer Scott Stoll to Argentina."

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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