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