Open Road Press


The Persistent TPR_COVER_FINALRoad

A Novel

by Tim Bishop

Endorsed by:
– Patricia Bradley, author of Counter Attack
– Ace Collins, Christy Award-winning author
– Katie Powner, author of Where the Blue Sky Begins
– Beth Patch, editor/producer for
– Andy Reese, author of The Spiritual Gifts Blueprint
– Lisa Lickel, author of UnderStory and UnderCut
– Ken Vanderpool, author of The Music City Murders
– Katie Shands, author of Finding Franklin
– Chris Carpenter, managing editor for
– Sally Burbank, author of the Ladies in Lab Coats series
– Justin Hanneken, Exec. Director, Ends of the Earth Cycling
– Jeris Hamm, Chaplain, Marketplace Chaplains

There’s always an escape. Sometimes you need to search long and hard for the right one.

After losing all he once cherished, Doug Zimmer follows his wife’s parting breadcrumbs and rides up the Pacific coast—on a bicycle. Armed with a pistol and only a vague plan to get through the months ahead, he aims to end his depression one way or the other.

As spiritual forces wrangle for his soul, he pedals eastward across America. He meets Lauren Baumgartner—a younger adventurer with a vibrant spirit—and a band of zealots who confront his aversion to religion. Accompany-ing Doug are not only sunny days and the beauty of nature but also the perils of the road, fellow travelers with their own stories, and the hollow silence of solitary campsites playing host to unseen creatures of the night.

A jarring episode on a climb through a treacherous pass brings Doug face-to-face with life and death. Will Doug’s adventure deliver him from loneliness and lament . . . or hurtle him to an abrupt end?

TIM BISHOP has bicycled many of the roads that Doug Zimmer travels in The Persistent Road. And having coached people struggling with similar issues, the author is familiar with his protagonist’s problems. Tim and his wife, Debbie, are coauthors of the award-winning Wheels of Wisdom.

The Persistent Road: A Novel available in the Open Road Press store.

Wheels of WOW_COVER_FINAL_900x1350Wisdom

Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit

by Tim and Debbie Bishop

– Winner, 2017 National Indie Excellence
– Gold Medalist, 2017 Readers’ Favorite
– Winner, 2018 Next Generation Indie
– Winner, 2018 Best Book Awards
– Bronze Medalist, 2018 Illumination Awards
– Bronze Medalist, 2018 IPPY Awards
– Semifinalist, 2018 Kindle eBook Awards

Looking for more out of life?

After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.

When you’re looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you’ll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement—along with personal reflection questions that will help you:

– Adopt the right mind-set
– Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
– Overcome obstacles
– Relish life’s journey

Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.

You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you’ll also experience some genuine “God moments” and have some fun on the way.

So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It’s time to learn on the open road!

Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit available in the Open Road Press store.

Metaphors in MetaphorsCover

Wisdom from the Open Road

by Tim and Debbie Bishop

Want more life lessons?

Eight more lessons of the type you either will enjoy or have already enjoyed in Wheels of Wisdom!

Life lessons can arise in unusual settings, and often arrive when you’ve left your comfort zones behind and embarked on a unique journey. After thousands of miles of pedaling, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered some powerful lessons from the seat of a bicycle. In Metaphors in Motion, they convey some “open-road wisdom” applicable to any adventure in life.

As you seek to move forward in your world, you can rarely find enough inspiration, encouragement, and insight to face life’s challenges with confidence. Whether you are navigating unfamiliar terrain, struggling to get started, or just plain stuck and praying for your own miracle, you’ll find a good dose of guidance and motivation from the cycling “aha moments” inside this book.

With wisdom gleaned all the way from a twilight ride up an Idaho mountain to a bicycle shop in Delaware, Ohio, Metaphors in Motion will provide you with the enlightenment you’ll want for your own travels through life. More importantly, it will challenge you to apply some key life principles.

Metaphors in Motion: Wisdom from the Open Road is available in the Open Road Press store.
For a free copy of the e-book, click here to sign up for Tim Bishop’s monthly newsletter.

Two Are Better

Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast

by Tim and Debbie Bishop

Do you have a long-standing dream or an unfulfilled desire?

That’s where Tim and Debbie Bishop found themselves. They discovered that waiting for God’s timing doesn’t disappoint. Their story will inspire you to pursue your own dreams. And it will convince you that it’s never too late!

In this photo-enhanced video, listen to co-author Tim Bishop describe why they wrote the book.

At age 52, the couple finally found in each other that special someone they’d been searching for years to marry. They move from marriage proposal and wedding, to Tim’s “retirement” and relocation, to embarking on their cycling adventure in only ten weeks. Was it a grand getaway or a big mistake?

Words early reviewers have used to describe Two Are Better:
motivational, inspiring, compelling, heartwarming, transparent, and captivating

Are you looking for more meaning and adventure in your life?

See how the Bishops find it. From Debbie’s dramatic deliverance from addictions to Tim’s epiphany about his stale life, God leads them in some fascinating ways. Fear and faith wage war throughout. When midlife crisis threatens to spoil the party, God transforms it into a midlife miracle, with an ensuing celebration to match.

More from early reviewers:
riveting, thrilling, uplifting, touching, exciting, and beautiful

Are you looking for some impetus to make needed changes?

The Bishops’ bicycle tour doubles as a classroom filled with metaphors that reinforce the lessons of a larger journey through life. Find out why, time and again, the term “life lessons” comes up in reviews of Two Are Better.

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.”

Again, from early reviewers:
insightful, charming, well-written, delightful, and engaging

Want to enjoy an entertaining ride along the way?

The Bishops are blown away by the splendor of the American landscape. Early reviewers have described their color photos as gorgeous, beautiful, and breathtaking. Those photos supplement vivid descriptions of their magnificent surroundings. Their dual (and sometimes duel) narrative delightfully and playfully enriches the reading experience. As one reviewer put it, “The book was filled with…touching moments…. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered.”

Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast is a full-color, 208-page, 6″ x 9″ paperback book published by Open Road Press, including over 100 color photos of the Bishops’ trip across the country. Learn the inspiring story, be challenged to make your own dreams come true, and enjoy a vicarious adventure across a beautiful land. Available now in the Open Road Press Store.

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

Bicycle How-to_Cover_500x750Touring How-To

What We Learned

by Tim and Debbie Bishop

Have you ever thought about touring long distances by bicycle?

Discover the secrets of a successful bicycle tour in Bicycle Touring How-To: What We Learned. From selection of gear to logistics, Tim and Debbie Bishop share what on-the-job training taught them on their inaugural coast-to-coast-across-America bicycling adventure. This handy ebook includes tips on equipment, security, pre- and post-trip logistics, the daily routine, technology, and much more.

Available now in the Open Road Press Store.

Hedging Demystified Hedging Demystified

How to Balance Risk and Protect Profit

by Tim Bishop

Are you losing money on commodity price fluctuations?

Then it’s time to get some help. Finally, it’s here: a practical, straightforward book on how to manage the uncertainties of commodity prices, interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, and weather. It contains clear illustrations of how futures, options, and swaps work to curb risk. Written for a businessperson by a businessperson, Hedging Demystified explains:
– The mechanics of hedging
– How hedging protects wealth
– How to achieve more predictable earnings amid the unpredictable
– Specific examples of hedging
– Hedging opportunities and pitfalls
Hedging Demystified is an essential guide to any business that deals with commodities, debt, international trade, or weather. This primer on hedging brings clarity and direction to make your business more sustainable. Available in either print or e-book, with index, glossary, and links to helpful webpages.
About the author A CPA and former corporate treasurer with over thirty years of business experience, author Tim Bishop has seen hedging from all angles – as scout, strategist, tactician, trader, accountant, supervisor, and treasurer. He knows how to distill the complexities of financial risk for people who are looking for answers.

While you’re in the neighborhood, why not check out Tim Bishop’s hedging website.

Available now in the Open Road Press Store.