True love stories: Couple bikes 3,529 miles for honeymoon
While cycling from Oregon to Maine, they proved their love could go the distance.
Debbie and Tim Bishop walked down the aisle and hopped onto their bikes, trekking cross-country from Seaside, Ore., to Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
More on MSN Living: The ultimate wedding etiquette guide
"Starting our marriage on this trip was great. We truly bonded," Debbie said.
The two have now documented their adventure in a book, "Two Are Better." And while they describe their marriage journey as a "dream come true," it wasn't always so dreamy.
More on MSN Living: The science behind a great marriage
For a year, Debbie and Tim talked online. They met digitally in 2003, and when they met face-to-face for the first time a year later, there "were no fireworks."
"We were both sort of leery, very cautious," Debbie explains.
But there was one thing that bonded them: bike riding.
For seven years, the two would get together every few months for bike trek. Tim feels that he wasn't yet ready to settle down; he was distracted by work. Debbie didn't wait around. She dated two other guys, in 2004 and 2007, but ultimately, they "didn't work out."
In 2010, Debbie and Tim agreed to take a three-week break from their relationship. Tim used that time to think. He made a list of 91 reasons why Debbie might just be the one. He explains:
“She liked biking. She was a Christian. She didn’t drink. She was nice looking. Industrious. I enjoyed her company.”
After making that list, Tim realized he wanted to spend his life with Debbie. On April 22, 2010, the couple climbed a mountain in Maine. Tim popped the question.
"I was so shocked. I said, 'Really?' After I got over my shock, I was elated," Debbie said.
They tied the knot in June of that year and shortly after began their 3,529-mile journey. It took them 61 days. "If we could do this," Debbie said, "we could do anything."
The Bishops' travelogue includes not just their love story, but also the lessons they've learned about marriage and life.
“You don’t know when your window of opportunity will slam shut for good,” Tim writes in the epilogue. “So, get at it! Debbie and I are convinced more than ever, that two are better than one.”
Tim and Debbie prove that not all great love stories start as fairy tales, but it doesn't mean you can't have a happy ending.
Photo: Debbie and Tom Bishop / Cauchon Photography
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
Stop everything and try this now--your bond will thank you.
There are a lot of wedding superstitions (both good and bad), but just trying to keep up with all of them will only add to your wedding stress. So skip it. This list has all the silly superstitions that are totally okay to ignore — or put your own twist on if you choose!
The study also found men who described themselves as neurotic or extraverts often had wives who complained about their marriages.
These words will bring wandering minds right back to you.
Hopeless romantics and cringe-worthy chick flicks would tell you that it doesn’t matter what you do on the date, as long as you’re together. But they’re wrong. Dead wrong. Women use your date ideas to size you up, says matchmaker Rachel DeAlto, author of "Flirt Fearlessly." “You absolutely will be judged based on the date you plan. There are so many subconscious impressions that we take in while dating.” Gulp. Here are 10 terrible ideas that can land you on the no-date list—and simple swaps to keep her happy. By K. Aleisha Fetters
Here are 15 signs we’ve been on "The Bachelor" bandwagon—all 27 seasons of it—for (possibly) longer than we’d care to admit.
In the grand tradition of celebrating love, we’ve chosen some of the mushiest, sweetest, and most memorable scenes to hit the big or small screen. From marriage proposals to unexpected serenades, these moments will make you believe in love (and want someone to cuddle up with, stat).
How to flag her little fibs. By Laura Tedesco
Revealr is a new iPhone app that allows those looking for love to hear their possible matches before they see them.
A new poll reveals 59 percent of the country supports same-sex marriage.
Celebrity engagements are so much fun to follow because every detail is bound to be over-the-top — from the proposal (like when Kanye rented out an entire stadium to propose to Kim) to the huge, sparkly engagement ring and, of course, the wedding. Plus, as trendsetters, celebs can be a source of inspiration even if you can't afford a million dollar ring. Here are our celebrity wedding predictions for 2014.
If you’ve ever been to a club—like, ever, even once—you are not going to be shocked to hear that women get a lot of unwanted, aggressive attention. But when you read the findings of this study on how often and why it happens, it might make you feel downright sick to your stomach.