Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coastby Tim Bishop, Debbie Bishop
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to marry for the first time after your peers have already become grandparents? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bicycle across America? As if each weren’t adventure enough, what if you combined the two? Some might consider this a recipe for disaster, but Tim and Debbie Bishop thought otherwise. At age… See more details below
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to marry for the first time after your peers have already become grandparents? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bicycle across America? As if each weren’t adventure enough, what if you combined the two? Some might consider this a recipe for disaster, but Tim and Debbie Bishop thought otherwise. At age 52, the couple finally found in each other that special someone they’d been searching for years to marry. In only ten weeks, they moved from marriage proposal and wedding, to Tim’s “retirement” and relocation, to embarking on their cycling adventure.
The two were soon on their way to parts unknown and to their new life together. Tim had just retired from a 26-year career in corporate and left his familiar surroundings. Meanwhile, Debbie couldn’t wait to get their married life underway. Years of working two jobs launched her headlong into what she hoped would be a fantastic escape. What ensues is a delightful and deeply introspective memoir of not only their deliverance, but also what they hoped would be their dream trip. Was it a grand getaway or a big mistake?
Over 100 color photos supplement vivid descriptions of their beautiful, newfound surroundings. When the honeymoon hits a few speed bumps, these mid-lifers must learn to adapt. Patience and a healthy sense of humor help ease them into married life. Their dual-narrative account challenges readers to pursue their own dreams and to find their own release from the humdrum that life at any age can bring. This unique and entertaining story proves it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
“Framed within a coast-to-coast biking odyssey with its daunting challenges lies a deeper and engaging view of discovering ourselves, our relationship with a loved one, spiritual connections, and answers to the nagging quest for juggling our priorities. Two Are Better will no doubt inspire you, but the fun in these pages is riding along with the Bishops.” So states early reviewer Scott Emack. The honest and open account of two mid-lifers wrestling with their calling underscores the value in reassessing goals, taking action to pursue them, and simplifying life, demonstrating that midlife and change can be friends capable of bringing one to a higher level of living.
Embrace life like never before. Read Two Are Better, and begin your own quest to more adventuresome living.
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Meet the Author
Originally from Maine, Tim Bishop has over thirty years of experience in business, first as a CPA, then for many years in various roles in the corporate world. In addition to consulting for small businesses, Tim serves as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults.
Debbie Bishop has taught for over 26 years, 11 years of which as a literacy specialist. She has a passion for reading and seeing that young people do it well. She also has high interest in recovery issues and encouraging others with her own triumphs over struggles earlier in her life. Debbie serves as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults.
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Revealing and Insightful into new marriage and courage Tim and Debbie Bishop are brave. They asked me to read and review Two Are Better, and I agreed, not realizing what an adventure I’d been given. My first shock was learning that the Bishops were my age when they undertook first-time marriage, followed by a cross-country bike trip for a honeymoon. My second shock was thinking, I wonder if I passed them, because some of the same roads they traveled out west were the same ones my husband and I took from the safety of our car, about the same time. We pass cyclists and shake our heads. This book is not simply a travelogue, but a reflection on undertaking a life-transforming journey at what most people consider middle age. Changing one’s entire lifestyle by marriage is one thing, but then to go on a trip for which they both declared they were unprepared immediately thereafter is an interesting throw-you-in-the-deep-end method of learning to swim. The Bishops were honest about the trip and their feelings, and the events, throughout the trip. Maps with the stops accompany the narrative, most of which is written by Tim, with paragraphs inserted in a different color by Debbie. My husband is a teacher, and I kept thinking while reading, he’d never, ever, allow himself to get home only hours before starting a new school year. He’s a different kind of teacher, though. I read the account also from a perspective of being married for more than half my life. It takes special people to be brave and blissfully ignorant to attempt a trip like this. I loved the photographs and accounts of crossing our country, what they learned about each other and themselves, as they traveled. While Tim’s style of writing occasionally waxes eloquently, a few quotes stuck out: “A delicate balancing act of making progress on multiple fronts was an instructional tutorial on married life.” “Most fears have some basis in reality, but we usually give them too much power….Everyone has the opportunity to come face to face with discovery.” And from Debbie, “Later, I came to realize that life as I had known it was gone forever....Although change may be more difficult [as we age], that doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t happen. When we stop changing, we stop growing.” This is a great book for couples at any stage of their relationship, whether or not you’re planning an adventure. The Bishops are also working on a tutorial book about bicycle touring.
First of all, let it be known that I am not a cycling fan, and outdoorsman, or anything else like that. But this story was absolutely riveting, inspiring, and absolutely delightful! It is much more than a cycling chronicle. This is a book that will remind you that when the opportunity comes to try something, don't let it pass you by--do it now! You are not promised tomorrow after all. I was completely blown away when the Tim and Debbie began the book by saying that they got married for the first (and only) time at the age of 52! Okay, when was the last time you heard that? They didn't live with a load of people. No, they waited for God's timing to bring them the one. They shared some about their courtship and spiritual life, but the main crux of the story is this (insane) cycling trip! I was never bored as I read their story, and it was even better that maps, pictures, and anecdotes were shared from the trip. I can't imagine doing this trip at any age, but at the age of 52 as a part of an extended honeymoon? Wow! Every Sunday, they went to church, and God continued to bring along little and big miracles along the way. The book is primarily told from Tim's point of view, but Debbie's thoughts are sprinkled throughout the narrative. I was reminded of God's providence, love, and provision, and I marveled at how well-suited these two were. I highly recommend this book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
What an exciting adventure......marriage for the first time at age 51 for Tim and for Debbie and then to bicycle from the west coast to the east coast for their honeymoon. I read this book in one afternoon and was constantly showing my husband pictures from the book and reading portions of the book to him. I have always thought it would be fun to give up our jobs and home and live in a camper, but bicycling is an extreme undertaking. Tim and Debbie described scenery so well that I felt like I was traveling right along side them. I shared in their joys and pains and appreciate the way they found a stop near a church each week. Enjoy the thrill of the ride with Tim and Debbie Bishop! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Open Road Press, in exchange for an honest review.
Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast Authors: Tim and Debbie Bishop Creating a life with another person requires more than just a physical relationship. In order to decide whether a person really is your soul mate or the person you want to spend your life with requires planning, getting to know the person and definitely understanding their point of view in many areas. Tim and Debbie Bishop took the long route to taking that final step. Both enjoying many relationships but neither finding that right blend or combination to complete either one they decided to venture in a world of online dating hoping to find the right person. Their journey into what Tim calls Cyberspace proved to be not only interesting but in this case a viable and safe way to for each one to meet some with the same Christian values, outdoor interests and even seeking the same end result hopefully a serious relationship. But, neither was too quick to move ahead a lions pace so they took it one step at a time. Hearing each one tell the story about how they met, their time together, their bike rides, their trips, discussions and seven year courtship you realize just how long it took them to finally bond but how special their relationship would be when they would finally join as one. Debbie at one point realizes that she would like Tim to finally make a move and commit. Tim was debating his future at work and whether it was time to make some real changes in his life. As you read the first chapters you will get to understand the huge responsibilities he faces everyday, the reasons he took so long to make up his mind to retire and the changes within his company that helped to solder his decision to leave. Restructuring in a company can often mean some huge changes are taking place. In this case two of his senior level executives were retiring early, his role in the company did not seem as great at is was before Tim realized that it was time to leave. So, April 30, 2010 was his last day of work. But, although he shared this information with Debbie she wanted more from Tim. Not thinking she understood his personal crisis as he puts it he did not understand that after so many years she wanted him to decide about them. Describing what happens next and hearing Debbie’s innermost thoughts you being to wonder why it took him so long. Taking a break from each other allowed Tim to assess his feeling and realize that maybe he might lose the best person that ever came into his life. Everything in life is not perfect and it is during those difficult times that you need someone in your life for love and support. God was not going to figure out his life. God was answering both of their prayers now if they would both pay attention. Then miracles do happen on April 22, 2010 they went up to Acadia National Park and he finally popped the question. At his retirement luncheon he announced their secret and his family was thrilled. Next the bridal shower, the big day planned and the final preparations for their cross-country trip by bike are discussed in detail in Chapter three. On page 25 we see Debbie getting their bike gear together as each one relates their feelings, their fitness goals and Debbie in pink relates how her school year was winding down, how Tim would lead the planning for the wedding and the trip while she completed the school year and its requirements. Two health conscious soon to be married adults were going to go on a cross-country route that might be span as much as 4000 miles to be completed by the time Debbie returns to work in September. With colorful pictures, exciting details and definitely some tense moments before and during the trip Tim and Debbie prove that Two Are Better including many important life lessons and definitely great advice for everyone. They both belong the HopeLine- a service for difficult teens and young adults that brought them closer from the start. Focusing on teens and young adults that need some form of support and intervention while going through the many changes they encounter as they reach adulthood. The preparations getting in place as you see Tim and his friend Jim working together on page 31 to set up the pannier locking system the journey is about to begin. So, all of you adventurous people that would like to take this tour with Tim and Debbie and enjoy the scenery and the ride get your bike gear ready, helmets in place, knee pads too, proper riding outfit and let’s being our journey. Plotting the course out of town and ready for action we hear Debbie’s voice stating that she never realized that now she and Tim would venture out together in the wild and their first stop well it happens people was in search of a restroom. But, not knowing where you would find them you guessed it some of these stops were in the most unusual places. The first day they went 47 miles and don’t say a word that is more than most could do and thinking it would take 80 days without any rest days they did great. Throughout the journey you will see them both wearing the Hopeline T-shirts promoting the organization along with enjoying their trip. The lessons you will learn, the advice you will get, and the thrill of the cross-country biking adventure all come together to form a well written, engaging, exciting book that will appeal to almost anyone. Along the way they went to many different churches and gave out cards for the organization hoping to help other teens. Their next concern was how to handle the many different terrains they would encounter and next they traversed over some hills and their ingenuity will astound you. So, let’s see some scenery as long as you are careful to not accept any rides from strangers or stop in the wrong places. First look at the St. John’s Bridge really breath taking and next page 43 is magnificent the Mulnomah Falls and on pages 44-45 these are breath taking The Columbia River Gorge from Chanticleer Point on page 44 and 45 Mount Hood. Well, bikes can have vender benders but or get stuck in the mud hear Debbie’s voice when she surprises Tim. After the desert they went to a camping site and that’s when things heated up for the newlyweds but that you will have to learn for yourself as they both had to deal with rattlesnakes, close quarters and tempers that needed to be tempered you might say. The lessons that young couples will come away with are invaluable as Tim shares their pre-marital counseling, what they learned and areas they would excel at. Read pages 54-55 to learn more. You cannot ever hide from your problems or life so Tim explains that his former boss required that he have an exit interview and that process and more is explained in Chapter 5. But, visiting the desert and seeing the pictures on pages 60 and 61 will sooth anyone’s nerves and more. The incredible sunset on page 65 is amazing. No one ever has smooth sailing or in this case smooth biking as you will learn in the chapter titled Facing our Fears. Despite what they relate the pictures are breathtaking and if you have never been to Idaho you just might take a plane or bike ride after you see these glorious photos. Check out the photo of Roger’s Pass this picture is so beautiful and the greenery so vivid you would think you were there. A visit to the Fairview Baptist Church would renew their spirit and drive and then some physical issues come up but these two would never let that get them down. Contact with old friends, meeting a nurse practitioner Debbie shares how God delivered her from her own personal problems. We Can Do This tells the rest followed by Tornado Alley which is Chapter 8. Urban Travel is interesting and Debbie’s description and Tim’s bravery killing a strange bug brings some humor into this story. The pictures, the places the events and the people along the way bring this trip to life for everyone riding along with both Tim and Debbie. The interesting comments made by each author helps you see the trip through their eyes. The last wing of the trip was through the Adirondacks where they encountered another flat tire. The most beautiful photo is on page 166. You want to know what it is you have to read the book and find out for yourself. As we visually see Debbie biking every step of the way she braves it at the end when she comes face to face with the most adorable deer. The final leg of the journey, the funny things that happened, the fact that they were brilliant at finding rest stops you can read, visualize and hear their thoughts in the chapter titled Homestretch. “We experienced a precious simplicity to life on the road.” This says it all. Tim further explains their plan for a great “life system,” and many years of realizing that Two Are Better. Age has nothing to do with enjoying life to its fullest. Living a healthy life and value family is important while enjoying community, recreation and spirituality. How do they get life’s balance? Read pages 191- 193 and you will find out. Some mysteries are only solved when you experience the situation or read about them yourself. This is one informative book filled with great advice for everyone and two people that are a total inspiration to everyone. So, I hope those of you who took the journey enjoyed the pictures, the scenery and the ride. Bike Safely: This book gets FIVE NON-FLAT GOLDEN BIKE TIRES Fran Lewis: reviewer
'Two Are Better' is a thrilling tale of a cross-country bike trip sprinkled with life lessons and godly advice. I found the book to be informative, and engaging, while the pictures were clear, concise, and gave me a sense that I really was in on the bike ride myself. Tim and Debbie Bishop described the trip in great detail, so that I could actually picture what it was they were seeing and doing at that moment in time. Besides the adventure involved, the book also lent plenty of scriptural advice that tied into the journey uniquely, and efficiently promoted TheHopeLine- a service for wayward teens and young adults who need intervention and support in the most difficult times of their lives. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. The lessons you will learn, the advice you will get, and the thrill of the cross-country biking adventure all come together to form a well written, engaging, exciting book that will appeal to almost anyone.