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Falling Uphill

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  15 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
Jul 27, 2010 Scott Stoll rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Do I get to review my own book? Because I literally risked my life to write it; and, 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
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
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
Lateesha King
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
Peter Dickerson
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
Hana Black
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
Frosty Wooldridge

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
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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
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
Ngan Bui
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.
Jon Sayer
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.
I enjoyed this book. Very interesting. Opened my eyes to everyday things that are around me.
The best travel and adventure book ever!
Great book! I loved reading about all of the places that the author visited and his impressions of other cultures and personal happiness.
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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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