At age 52, with no prior experience in either bicycle touring or marriage, midlife newlyweds Tim and Debbie Bishop pedal away from the Oregon coast to discover their new life together. The odyssey that follows on their self-supported honeymoon across America will bring smiles, chuckles, and tears. Here’s our interview with Tim and Debbie:
RUBY: Tell us about your work, your ministry, and your writing.
Tim and Debbie: God has blessed Debbie and me with a wonderful testimony to His goodness, which we’ve been sharing creatively in hopes of touching the otherwise unreachable. I’m curious where God is going to take us on this journey. It’s not over yet!
Before I married Debbie, I was entrenched in corporate finance. Yet I felt God was preparing me for something else. I was restless. And things around me were swirling. I wasn’t sure about my purpose, but stepping out of the lifeboat was one way to find out.
I left that job and married Debbie. It was a huge change after 26 years in the same company and 52 years single. I also left Maine, my beloved home for most of my life. God was up to something.
Debbie and I went for a very long bicycle ride after our wedding. A few months following our return, I was laid up on the couch for weeks with a blood clot. How ironic! I was in the best shape I’d been in for years.
My immobility presented me with an easy choice. I could watch daytime television or begin to write. Writing had been a strong interest for years. With a digital picture frame displaying photos from our wedding and bicycle trip in clear view, I had to share what God had done in our lives.
Now I spend most of my time writing and publishing, but Debbie and I have had the privilege of coaching people with life issues on the internet. I never imagined God could make this finance guy into a hope coach, but that’s what He did.
RUBY: I’m intrigued by your book, Two Are Better, and would love to hear your story of how God brought you together. And I would love to hear all about your bicycling honeymoon!
Tim and Debbie: Debbie and I met online (users beware!) in 2003 and in person the following summer for a bicycle ride. Wow, was that activity ever foreshadowing! We lived five hours, two states, and a culture apart. For several years, we corresponded as email pen pals, and a meaningful friendship budded.
From the keyboard, I “saw” Debbie through two broken relationships. (Ha, God knew all along!) Meanwhile, good ole Tim had his nose to the grindstone with his eye out for Mrs. Bishop. She was nowhere to be found in Bangor, Maine.
God’s timing and provision were undeniable when I left conventional employment and the single life. Two Are Better tells all about it!
The honeymoon adventure was indescribable, but we wrote about it anyway. Blend two lifelong singles 24/7, sprinkle in the rigors of a 3,500-mile bicycle tour, beat thoroughly with a heaping helping of life change, and heat with the thrill of a new life in tasty places with fresh faces. It’s the perfect recipe for Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast.
RUBY: Tell us about your other book, Wheels of Wisdom. What prompted you to write it and what message are you sharing with your readers in this book?
Tim and Debbie: After our honeymoon tour across America, Debbie and I had caught the bicycle-touring bug. In 2012, we set out from Naples, Florida, where Debbie’s mother lived, to Houlton, Maine, on the Mom-to-Mom Tour. We expected it to be our last long excursion because I had accepted a job offer.
Relocation and another new life awaited us at journey’s end. Shortly after the trip, however, the job fell through. I continued working on the Two Are Better project and wrote a business book.
Two years later, we decided to go all out on a fundraising tour for a ministry we held dear. The 4,300-mile endeavor was intense. Not only did we cycle but we also blogged, pitched media, and solicited support. People’s prayers—and God’s presence—were palpable. We were so overwhelmed with “God moments” that we would have been derelict not to share them. Two first-place awards for this book attest to God’s imprint on its inspirational content.
Wheels of Wisdom is a thought-provoking devotional with longer stories than the traditional norm. The adventuresome and dual narrative help hook people who want more out of life but may be reluctant to consider how God can help.
The book’s bottom line? God is active in our lives even though we may not always see it or believe. A reviewer, Stacey Louiso, characterized the book as “a unique perspective of how God makes His presence known.”
RUBY: I’m really interested in Debbie’s story! I hear she has returned to college as a “non-traditional” student. I can relate to that as I also completed my college experience as a mom with four kids at home. Tell us about her journey.
Tim and Debbie: Debbie is amazing. She still yearns to learn and loves to read. Her interest in new things makes living with her delightful. And her outlook certainly contributes to our exciting bicycle travels.
She studied psychology in college, but her vocation has been teaching. As a junior high home economics teacher years ago, she recognized that some of her students had difficulty reading. She went back to school and earned a master’s degree in literacy to help children read.
In 2013, she transitioned from full-time to part-time teaching. She recently felt an urge to apply her psychology background and her past recovery from addictions to counsel people. Therefore, she began studying Christian counseling online through Liberty University. I think anyone who starts a master’s program at age 60 qualifies as a lifelong learner. More power to her!
Join Tim and Debbie Bishop on their Coast-to-Coast Bicycle Journey as Newlyweds in Two are Better
At age 52, with no prior experience in either bicycle touring or marriage, midlife newlyweds Tim and Debbie Bishop pedal away from the Oregon coast to discover their new life together. The odyssey that follows on their self-supported honeymoon across America will bring smiles, chuckles, and tears.
Two Are Better is a unique and entertaining story that proves it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. Purchase to find out why the Midwest Book Review called Two Are Better “insightful and charming.”
Tim and Debbie’s Books are now available from RUBY’S Reading Corner!