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Falling Uphill: Dreams for the Young Adventurer and the Young at Heart Paperback – 1 Jan 2010

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Argonauts (1 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061533914X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615339146
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,911,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Falling Uphill The true story of one man 's quest around the world on a bicycle seeking the meaning of life.After critical acclaim and much anticipation, Falling Uphill for young adventurers has arrived. This easy-to-read edition features 236 photos and illustrations, answers to over 225 frequently asked questions, and new humorous short stories so that you can re-imagine Scott 's quest. In fact, the whole book ... Full description

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The cycling quest undertaken by Scott seems incredible by us mere mortals and the sheer distances he covers go far, far beyond any journey we can even dream about!
The book itself starts off quite slow and I came very close to putting the book back on the shelf several times.
I struggled with the way the stories arose - not chronologically at all.
I continued however and started to get accustomed to the way Scott writes and actually quite enjoyed the book in the end.
Like cycling and/or travel then you'll enjoy this tome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Motivating, Mind-Blowing! Impressive, Real Life Story Of A Global Trek. 17 Aug. 2013
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Superb, a true story of one man's bicycle adventure around the world. Uplifting story, it gave me a fresh perspective on life. It changed my overall belief system, made me dream impossible dreams. 236 photos, illustrations, and 225 FAQs are answered. Excellent photographs, really insightful quotations from various leading historical figures (i.e. T. Roosevelt, M. Gandhi). All 225 FAQs that Scott received by virtually everyone he encountered in the world are answered along with many fun facts. Learned that the world's tallest tree is a Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, named: General Sherman. Also, the world's most intelligent scientist (Albert Einstein) thought of his most famous idea (Theory of Relativity) while riding a bicycle. Plus, the most commonly used words (hello, goodbye, ok...). Plus, Annie Kopchovsky, in 1895 -- living in Boston and penniless with only a bicycle, gun, and a pair of underwear, was able to bicycle around the entire world! Annie Kopchovsky's global bicycle ride did more for the emancipation of women that anything ever done up to that point. Only a few humans have ever paralleled this feat! GREAT COFFEE TABLE BOOK!

Succinct, amusing content. Page 24: How many miles did you ride? He cycled about 122,000 kilometers--the equivalent of 3 laps around the earth's equator or 11 laps around the moon or 0.08% of the average distance to the sun, further that Earth's polar circumference in kilometers is 40,007.86. Each page has a long paragraph of insightful content, answering the question(s).. Page 25: How much did it cost? It ended up costing him about $20 US dollars per day, along with all other elements he had to endure besides monetary concerns for food, water. Although, he said that it would have been possible to tour for as little as $3.00 US dollars per day, if he cooked his own food, camped in the bush, filtered his own water, or washed his few clothes manually. But then he leaves the reader with a question to ponder - What's the cost of not living your dream? Some of the illustrations are incredibly mind-altering and based on time-tested experimentation(s). Page 125: a graph is shown of emotion, time spiking along from a low level to a high level of happiness when a person eats there favorite food once in a great while. But when your told to try an experiment of eating your favorite food for as long as you want (holding illustration upside down in a mirror), that very same person in an experiment that is eating their favorite foods all the time - is incredibly unhappy!

Complete the text in any order. Try page 106: What was the highlight of your trip? Read, page 106's content (look at the photographs) then flip to page 81: What was the most difficult country? It does not have to be read straight from page 1-135 to grasp the content. My favorite quotation (p. 131): "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all of the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well" -- M.L. King Jr. Finally, (p. 136-142) provides the reader with a hidden ancient magical secret, that will enable you to make virtually any wish come true. DREAM IT, PLAN IT, DO IT! The last portion of the book (p. 136-142), has too be read straight nonstop to work!
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