Wheels of Wisdom
Tim & Debbie Bishop
Open Road Press (2016)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (4/18)
Tim and Debbie Bishop began their bicycling adventures on their honeymoon. First weddings for both, they set off on their great adventure while in their 50’s. In “Wheels of Wisdom,” they take us along on three tours around the United States that ended up covering over 10,000 miles. The first tour was their Honeymoon on Wheels, in 2010 (3,529 miles). The second was the Mom-to-Mom tour, in 2012 (2,654 miles). The third tour was The Hope Line Tour, in 2014 (4,344 miles).
Each chapter in “Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit,” covers an experience that provided them with valuable insight. It is very faith-based so there are also bible quotes that pertain to the message. The book is set up in such a way that the Bishop’s briefly share an insight, then tell their story, and offer questions for which the reader can personally reflect on their own experiences. There is also a place in each section for readers to be able to journal thoughts about what is meaningful for them.
Personally, I know that I could not undertake such a challenge as they have. I have been on long motorcycle rides, which I enjoyed, but cannot imagine having pedaled! One thing I did notice about being on a motorcycle versus in a car; everything seems more three dimensional, in that I had a greater opportunity to experience more of the sights and sounds that would have been cut off inside of a vehicle. I can see where being on a bicycle would allow for even more time to reflect on the experience. Sharing this with a life partner would be an incredible adventure. Taking the knowledge gained and sharing it together with readers really sets it in stone.
The authors also include a link to their website where they discuss more of their experiences and include videos and pictures in color. A reader who would like to embark on a pedaling tour will have an opportunity to gather more information about how to do so.
“Wheels of Wisdom” by Tim and Debbie Bishop is a valuable tool for people who want to gain insight from a spiritual perspective that takes them outside of the ordinary. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read it and highly recommend it to other restless spirits!