Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast

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Waiting upon the Lord takes on new meaning when you’ve been searching for companionship for over thirty years. But when you wait for God’s timing, He doesn’t disappoint. His redemptive grace translates into second chances, a fresh start, and the overwhelming joy of a long-standing prayer answered.

Such was the case for Tim and Debbie Bishop. At age 52, the couple finally found in each other that special someone they’d been searching for years to marry. They moved from marriage ...

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Overview

Waiting upon the Lord takes on new meaning when you’ve been searching for companionship for over thirty years. But when you wait for God’s timing, He doesn’t disappoint. His redemptive grace translates into second chances, a fresh start, and the overwhelming joy of a long-standing prayer answered.

Such was the case for Tim and Debbie Bishop. At age 52, the couple finally found in each other that special someone they’d been searching for years to marry. They moved from marriage proposal and wedding, to Tim’s “retirement” and relocation, to embarking on their cycling adventure in only ten weeks. There was no more need to hold back once God gave the green light. Two Are Better shares the joy and excitement of the Bishops’ escape into togetherness.

From Tim’s epiphany about his stale life to Debbie’s dramatic spiritual conversion and deliverance from addictions, God leads them in some fascinating ways. When midlife crisis threatens to spoil the party, God transforms it into a midlife miracle, with an ensuing celebration to match. The bicycle tour doubles as a classroom filled with metaphors that reinforce the spiritual truths and lessons of a larger journey through life. Fear and faith wage war throughout, and other spiritual concepts rise to a practical level.

Early reviewer Scott Emack knows this isn’t just another travelogue: “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.”

The Bishops were awestruck by the beauty and bounty of America. They brought back some pictures to share with you. Over 100 color photos supplement vivid descriptions of their magnificent surroundings. Their dual (and sometimes duel) narrative challenges readers to pursue their own dreams and to find their own release from the humdrum that life at any age can bring. Their inspirational story is a strong reminder that God wants to grant us the desires of our heart in His perfect timing. And when He does, you will never be the same.

Embrace life like never before. Read Two Are Better, and begin your own quest to more adventuresome living.

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Two Are Better succeeds on several levels. The Bishops share their deep appreciation of the American landscape and the people they met complemented by around 100 gorgeous photos. Debbie and Tim write honestly about making their new marriage work sometimes under stressful circumstances and the strength and support they found in their long-held Christian faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985624828
  • Publisher: Open Road Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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 twenty-five years, for the past ten years as a literacy specialist in Framingham,Massachusetts. 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 also serves as a Hope Coach for TheHopeLine.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Revealing and Insightful into new marriage and courage Tim and

    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.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    First of all, let it be known that I am not a cycling fan, and o

    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.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    What an exciting adventure......marriage for the first time at a

    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.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast Authors: Tim and Debbie

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    'Two Are Better' is a thrilling tale of a cross-country bike tri

    '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.

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