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Falling Uphill Paperback – February 14, 2017
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Stoll did some planning but allowed chance to govern his journey.
The New York Times
[Stoll] did something most of us would not do: He decided to ride his bicycle around the world. His impulse isn't as strange as it might sound. Humans have always sought answers to life's perplexing questions by undertaking long and arduous journeys.
San Francisco Chronicle
It was an exhausting yet exhilarating trip filled with both human kindness and
treachery, with nature's beauty, challenge and danger.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Scott Stoll lives a life the rest of us only dream of. With a keen eye and an open heart, he expresses the joys and aggravations of traveling the world on two wheels.
Michael Berry, Bay Area book critic
Scott Stoll's cycling journey around the world raises countless questions about life in our time and answers quite a few of them. He is at once charming, innocent, fearless, and wise in his search for the world and himself. What does he find? Joy, tranquility, no end of personal challenges, and a whole lot more.
Larry Habegger, Executive Editor, Travelers' Tales
Stoll has some harrowing and heart-warming tales to tell.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Stoll's attitude and observations verge on Paul Theroux, which I love!
The Gear Junkie, Stephen Regenold
See! There's something else for us out there. We just have to dream a little bit.
The book is fascinating to read.
A bad day turned into an incredible adventure.
KION News Monterey
They are fascinating books. [Falling Uphill series] And, I'm telling you--I really enjoyed reading about [Stoll's] experiences. Wisconsin Public Radio, Larry Meiller Show
What do you do when everything around you seems to crumble? Break down and cry? Roll downhill? Soldier on? Scott Stoll found an alternative: Get on your bike and fall uphill.
Buenos Aires Herald (Argentina)
A Milwaukee man has ended his 40,220 kilometer trip in Cape Town. He cycled through snow in Lesotho, was thrown in jail and landed in a hospital -- in search of happiness... [But] it was a journey that was not all downhill.
Cape Argus (Cape Town, South Africa)
From the Author
I've traveled the world by bicycle to discover the "secrets" of life, and I've spent many more years to digest what I learned, exemplify the lessons learned and create a book that I guarantee is entertaining, and which I hope you find enlightening. Thanks in advance to my readers for being part of the journey. ~ Scott
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Scott did ask me to write a review of the book, and he said he didn't care if it was good or bad... He wanted an honest opinion. I apologize that it took this long. I was riding...
Stoll masterfully relates his experiences as he cycles around the world. The reader is pulled immediately into the action, the tasteful dialogue, beautiful imagery and a healthy sense of humor. And if that's all Stoll did, it would be a fantastic book. But he takes it much deeper as he springboards from his experience into contemplations on the meaning of love, life, God, integrity, and his own existence. This book has all the adventure of Barbara Savage's "Miles From Nowhere", all the fun of Joe Kurmaskie's "Metal Cowboy", the touching lonely romance of Dave Stamboulis' "Odysseus' Last Stand" PLUS a universality of thought that all three of those cycle touring classics lack. I can't recommend this book highly enough!!!
NOTE! Stoll divides his chapters by theme rather than time (similar to the "Metal Cowboy" books). I quite enjoyed Stoll's arrangement but a couple of the reviewers here seemed to miss the point. Stoll provides a helpful map of his journey with a chapter key that allows his readers to read the book in chronological order if that is their preference.
If you want a vicarious trip around the world delivered in verbal technicolor, this book will widen your horizons considerably about what is truly possible to survive on two wheels. Scott Stoll writes with vivid detail and compelling philosophizing through all the ups and downs of the amazing adventures he pedaled through. I kept having to try my best to keep my laughter in stern check whenever reading this in cafes here and there while on my own far more humble and local bike meanderings. I really wanted to break out in loud guffaws at Scott's very sharp recounting about how he used his wits to escape numerous daunting predicaments on his worldwide journey. He is a character to beat all characters and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this honest look at the world. I love reading about some of the great travelogues of other more daring cyclists, and this holds up well. Read it, laugh, and perhaps even weep.
I hope this book finances Scott's next adventure so I can read that down the road!