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Falling Uphill

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
In one week, 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 a 4 year and 25,742 mile odyssey around the world by b
Paperback, 292 pages
Published by The Argonauts (first published August 24th 2010)
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Scott Stoll
Sep 30, 2009 Scott Stoll rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Do I get to review my own book? Because I literally risked my life to write it. I'm no Mark Twain, but I far exceeded all my expectations. I feel I owe everyone a debt of gratitude for helping make my journey of self-discovery and my book possible. And, thanks to all my future readers that will help bring Falling Uphill to life. I hope you find my adventures and misadventures entertaining, inspiring and somewhat enlightening. ~ Scott

PS. I only gave myself 4 stars because there is always room to
Dec 07, 2009 Scott rated it it was amazing
I ran into Scott Stoll in Madison, WI, during the summer of 2009, as I was bicycling across the country. He himself was traveling around to special events (by bike, naturally), selling his newly-published book out of his saddlebags. We exchanged some stories, rode together around town for a bit, and I ultimately bought a copy of his book.

My initial temptation was to mail it right home and read it when I was done (I didn't want to carry so much extra weight with me), but ended up thinking better
Feb 09, 2011 Friedel rated it it was amazing
We reviewed this book on our bike touring site, after taking the audio version of it on a bike tour to Spain. It's a deep book that's full of reflections and observations on human nature and the philosophy of life, as well as more conventional stories about the bike tour itself. We love the fact that the book is broken up into questions - this makes it very approachable. It's the kind of book you’ll enjoy if you want to hear not only about the stories of the physical adventure but also consider ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Angela rated it did not like it
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Lateesha King
Jan 19, 2011 Lateesha King rated it it was amazing
A fellow travel companion gave this book to me in Ghana and insisted that I read it. She told me it would change the way I think about life -- and she was right -- it is rare to find an author so honest and so open with their emotions -- someone who helps you understand you are not alone questioning life -- especially someone who I thought was just some angst-ridden gung-ho male writing a travelogue about himself -- and it was so much more!!! I thought the author organized this book brilliantly. ...more
Sep 10, 2014 Unigami rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir, gave-up
A memoir about bicycle could I not like it?

Well, it was BORING, that's why.

I can't quite put my finger on exactly why, the writing was tolerable enough I guess, and I pretty much always enjoy travelogues, especially if they are by cyclists, but this book was just...b-o-r-i-n-g. You would think that an entire chapter about getting arrested in Zimbabwe for illegal money-changing would be interesting, but I found myself skimming more and more over pointless dialog. Who cares? I jus
Aug 12, 2009 Jane rated it it was amazing
Great book! I loved reading about all of the places that the author visited and his impressions of other cultures and personal happiness.
Hana Black
Sep 07, 2012 Hana Black rated it it was amazing
Most people wouldn’t consider leaving the comfort and familiarity of family, a job and home and cycling around the world the way to find the answers to happiness and life. When Scott Stoll’s ‘ideal’ life in the United States falls apart this is the seemingly impossible challenge he sets himself.

Falling Uphill is not another blow by blow travelogue. Rather than being chronological each of the 50 chapters is based on the many questions people asked him along the way. As I was cycle touring at the
Peter Dickerson
Apr 03, 2014 Peter Dickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Falling Uphill is about Scott Stoll's physical and spiritual journey around the world on his bicycle.

For someone planning such a trip Scott provides great insight into and information about pain, water, food, injuries, camping, cooking, meeting the locals, clothes, ablutions, near death experiences, what to do if confronted by a lion while in Africa! and attaining consciousness.

The book's presentation is based around questions that Scott was asked everywhere he went e.g. "why are you doing thi
Frosty Wooldridge
Feb 17, 2013 Frosty Wooldridge rated it it was amazing

Falling Uphill captivates, enthralls, inspires, motivates, charms, fascinates and rivets you to your own bicycle seat. When Scott Stoll sweats, you sweat. When his heart races from being chased by an elephant, your heart races. When he camps with the demonic bush flies of Australia, they seem to fly off the page and irritate you. On each of six continents, when a character steps into Scott’s life on this magnificent bicycle journey around the world, that same character steps into your life. He l
Jun 15, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the good fortune of crossing paths with Scott Stoll at a rest stop while I was biking with my family on the Glacial Drumlin trail about 11 months ago. He had set up his station with his book and information and was willing to answer questions about this amazing journey he took on his bike (and with his soul) around the world. This book is full of inspirational events and stories as he discovered what "the meaning of life" meant to himself...and to people around the world. His writings of h ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it
I hate to be the one to say bad things but someone has to. I found this book to be very boring and felt like I was never going to get to the end of it. Towards the middle I began to skim pages just to get through it. Maybe its because I've never been one to enjoy descriptions but this one seemed to be over described. I never felt connected to the author or felt like he was taking me on this journey with him. I wasn't enlightened along the way nor did I feel he really was. I really didn't feel an ...more
Jon Sayer
Aug 14, 2011 Jon Sayer rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Awful book. Read about half of it, but was so disgusted that I threw it down. I always intended to finish it, but when I moved I tried to sell it to a used book store and they wouldn't even let me leave it there to be recycled.
Ngan Bui
Oct 02, 2009 Ngan Bui rated it it was amazing
I don't read much but I like to read travel books. This is a great book!!! It makes me feel like I am myself travel through those places. It is very real and honest. I learn more a bout the different cultures and places as I read through the book. Great book for my own knowledge.
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Scott says, "I changed my world once by asking myself a simple question: If I could do anything, what would I do?"

That question propelled Scott Stoll on a spiritual quest around the world on a bicycle seeking the meaning of life, and is chronicled in his entertaining book, "Falling Uphill" a tale he describes as having moments from pure survival to pure enlightenment.

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