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Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  41 reviews
With no prior experience in either bicycle touring or marriage, 52-year-olds Tim and Debbie Bishop went from an engagement, to Tim’s “retirement” and relocation, to a cross-country trek in just ten weeks. Their adventure, which touches on midlife change, marriage, and faith, inspires its readers to cast away the old and the stale in pursuit of their dreams.
Paperback, First Edition, 208 pages
Published May 15th 2013 by Open Road Press (first published May 1st 2013)
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Colby Klein
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
To start things off, I should say that I won this as a First Reads Giveaway.

When I first started reading the book, I was a little intimidated by the religious presence. I wouldn't consider myself to be Christian in the traditional sense so Tim and Debbie Bishop's frequent references to God and faith were things that I felt may be distracting from the plot. As I read on though, I realized that this wasn't the case and, religious or not, their story was a fascinating one that deserved to be told.

Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 to
Maureen Timerman
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I loved the faith of these two souls. Tim and Debbie find each other and end up marrying at age 52. Just how they were put in the path of one another, warms my heart.
Once they are married they embark on an unusual honeymoon. They fly to Oregon and begin a bicycle trip across the USA. They seem to be put in the right place at the right time to witness to others. The book is chocked full of beautiful, and breathtaking photos. We sure are blessed to live here.
Come along and share the ride and even
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-for-blog
'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 ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is hopeful and encouraging. I'm barely forty and I am still waiting and praying for a future life companion. Tim and Debbie were fifty two when God finally led them together. For their honeymoon they bicycled across the United States. I momentarily wondered why anyone would be crazy enough to bike across the country but then I realized that I have dreams that many would probably consider crazy too. This book was inspiring to me as it was a reminder that God has a plan for my life. He g ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Time and Debbie Bishop prayed for many years to find the perfect mate. After many years as friends, they felt God guiding them to be more. At 51 they married and decided to embark on a cross country bike adventure. I loved the how they displayed their faith in the book, and revealed how God guided their decision to marry. I couldn't believe what a determined spirit Debbie has, climbing those mountain paths with little advanced training, although she did have plenty of shorter biking excursions a ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this memoir. Inspirational in a real way! This couple , after each almost write off the idea of finding "the one", meet online and begin with a long distance relationship. They have a short engagement and for their honeymoon decide to travel across the country coast to coast on their bicycles. Through trials and sometimes painful (saddlesores) near medical emergencies they begin their married life in a most extraordinary way. Through their shared love of the Lord and their gre ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.

The Bishops tell the story of their bike ride across the United States in roughly two months. I enjoyed how they told their personal story along with the bike ride. The Bishops were newlyweds at age 52 taking their honeymoon to do some real bonding.

You really felt like you knew them after reading their story. I love how they shared their faith throughout the story. They even went through some of Iowa which hit home.

Give it a read and then go
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Shirley Scurlock
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cwa-review
I find it simply amazing when two people join hands at any stage of life and set out to see the world. Older couples certainly have less to be concerned about! The sights we see and the places we are taken to are breathtaking!  The pictures add dimension to their stories as we bicycle coast to coast with them. 

I asked myself, where would I go and what would I take? What would my lists look like if I were able to go anywhere in this beautiful country of ours? When you read this book imagine your
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through a good reads giveaway. This is a very enjoyable book. About two newlyweds on a epic adventure across country. The twist is they are BIKING across county! This is a heartwarming take about two individuals that met later in life but embraced the chance at a life together. Inspirational about teaching God's love and timing. Only thing I wish were different about the book is if they talked a little about how the individuals in their lives reacted to their adventure. I recomme ...more
As a casual bicyclist, I was interested in entering the Goodreads Giveaway to win this Kindle book to learn about what it would be like to do a cross-country bicycle ride. I enjoyed the descriptions and pictures of the trip although I would not recommend reading this on a Kindle without color. Not only would you not get the full effect of the pictures but the book also relied on giving the bride's input on the trip in a magenta font. The book also explores the journey of the couple's relationshi ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads contest. I love reading travel memoirs using all modes of transportation. I've read quite a few bicycle travel memoirs. What I liked about this one were the color photos throughout the whole book. You rarely see that so the layout was well done. The story was a little bland to me but interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I wish this couple all the best in their life together.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Goodreads for the Kindle edition of this book. Enjoyed reading about Tim and Debbie's budding romance, marriage and coast to coast bicycle adventure at the age of 52. He was more cautious and she was more daring which seemed to compliment each other.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was a little hard to believe that so many changes happened in such a short time. Not a book that I would recommend, however I wish them both every happiness.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Inspiring book about a cross-country trip on bicycle. I liked it.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I won this in a GOODREADS giveaway. Colorful photos with a great presentation make this a very pleasurable read. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with me.
Malin Friess
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclosure- Authors Tim and Debbie Bishop kindly sent me a copy of "Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast" to review after reading my review of one man's healing walk along the Appalacian Trail after the death of his wife.

Six weeks after I was married (and before my wife was bold enough or smart enough to say no) we loaded two mountain bikes with panniers, slick tires, sleeping bags, a tent, Military MRE's, a small stove and boarded the Ferry in Puget Sound headed toward Nesko
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Title: TWO ARE BETTER: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast
Authors: Tim & Dibbie Bishop
Publisher: Open Road Press
May 2013
ISBN: 978-0985624828
Genre: Memoir

Are you looking for adventure?

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
George Hunger
Two Are Better has been a rather enjoyable read. Authors Tim & Debbie Bishop have done a fantastic job with their first book which chronicles their life together and their audacious journey across the continental United States. Their story is encouraging and engaging; their testimony of Christian faith and character is uplifting. The book is well-written and worth a look for any casual reader!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast from
Kathy LaMee
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two Are Better is a wonderfully told story of Tim and Debbie’s adventure- both as cross country cyclists as well as a newly married couple! I don’t read many non-fiction books- I admit, I’m more of a fiction gal, however, after reading Two Are Better, I just may make a change. There are many aspects of their book that I really enjoyed- from the beautiful photos to how Debbie would interject her own observations and thoughts providing a multi-dimensional perspective on life, marriage, and cross c ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Newlyweds Tim and Debbie Bishop not only had a honeymoon, they had an adventure of a lifetime. Each had waited over 40 years to find the right partner, a godly person with shared values and passion for life, and then another 10 to decide the time was right to make a commitment to each other. But once they did, they attacked their life together with gusto. They decided to spend two months riding bicycles from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via Adventure Cycling Association’s Northern Tier rout ...more
My s.o. biked across the U.S. with a friend a few years ago -- east to west -- and tells many of the same stories that these authors do: gorgeous, but sometimes monotonous, scenery. Blistering heat. Rain. Frightening traffic. The kindness of strangers.

The authors were, as per the subtitle, fifty-something newlyweds when they set out to cross the country on two (well, four) wheels. This was their honeymoon -- challenge hastily planned but wholeheartedly accepted.

This is a pure wanderlust envy boo
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy blogs of adventures and bicycling or cross-country travels.
This book makes you think about your dreams and priorities in life. Is it time to get out of the rut and pursue something different? What is your focus and how can you pursue life in a balanced and healthy way? What does that look like for you? While Tim & Debbie focus on telling the story of their bicycle cross-country trip, they also share the life lessons they learned during preparation for and fulfillment of their dream. They are real people who share their vulnerabilities and mistakes a ...more
Ruth Hill
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two are better contains two remarkable stories. In the first part you'll meet Tim and Debbie Bishop, both having a active social life, trust in God, work and cycling as hobby, but without a spouse until they met each other in their early fifties. In only 10 weeks, they moved from marriage proposal and wedding, to Tim's retirement and relocation, to embarking on a cycling adventure of a lifetime.
Enter part two: a tour from the Pacific Ocean in Oregon, Portland all the way to toe tipping the Atlan
Cheryl Malandrinos
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Two Are Better is a book that holds wide appeal. Cyclists and travelers will enjoy Tim's attention to detail as he shares their coast-to-coast journey: the technical stuff, like how he chartered their course, daily mileage, repairs along the road, and the difficulty of embarking upon such a journey without proper training, and also the beautiful descriptions of the areas he paints for the reader along the way that are accompanied by numerous color photographs. Singles and couples will be inspire ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Who hasn’t felt lost at least for a moment in their lives? It’s the reason I wanted to read this book. I’m always interested to see how other people found happiness and purpose in their lives. I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t do more research to realize this book has a good bit of religious influence in it. It felt a bit sophisticating for me. This might be good for some people but I am not a person of faith so it just didn’t do it for me in that respect. What did do it for me were all the great ...more
Rhonda Gayle
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 wa ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review: A coast to coast bicycle ride would be hard enough, combine that with a honeymoon. Then add in the fact that these newlyweds are 50 years old and have never been married before and you have an interesting concept to say the least. This book is has a little of everything from the discovery of love at midlife to the adventure of a cross country trip. It is heartwarming to see the relationship grow between these two people. That it is a true story is even better than fiction. The picture ...more
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At age 52, Tim Bishop left a successful career as a corporate treasurer, married his dream girl, and embarked with her to parts unknown—on bicycles! Tim and Debbie have since coauthored four books about their midlife bicycling adventures. Publishers Weekly dubbed their latest, Wheels of Wisdom, “a roadmap for life.” In addition to their coaching experience on TheHopeLine, The Bishops bring a stron ...more