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1984 Bike Tour: Day 6 – Rest day and mailing gear back home; That year’s Top 40

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Friday, May 18
Charlottesville, Va.
0 miles

I’m reprinting day-to-day journal entries here from a cross-country bicycle tour my friend Bruce and I took in 1984. Read more journal entries at TransAmerica Tour 1984.

Gene’s Journal

Six days into our TransAmerica bike tour, and we’re already taking our first day off. The first five days have been a shakedown cruise — the last days of training and the first of our trip. I feel that our journey begins in earnest tomorrow.

We spent the night at Ann’s apartment. Her brother is one of Bruce’s good friends. After lolling around our hostess’ apartment for a while, we boxed up some clothes to send back home. I sent back an extra sweater and other clothes that only filled space and added weight to my panniers. Why did I pack so much crap? Maybe I can cheat gravity a little as we head into the Appalachians.

We stopped at a bike shop to get Bruce’s front pannier fixed (the cotter pin keeps falling out). When one of the mechanics ran out for a bite at McDonald’s, the other shook his head and said his co-worker doesn’t care about what he puts in his body and should be more careful about what he eats. Later, Bruce and I remarked at how often we eat fast food, and now we won’t be able to enjoy it.

After she returned home from work, Ann took us to a camp store for a couple of necessities (I tried not to add weight back to the panniers) and we ate a huge dinner at an Italian restaurant.


Headline: May 18, 1984
Saudi Arabia tells the US that it’s worried that Iranian air attacks
on Kuwaiti and Saudi oil tankers in recent days
risked widening the Iran-Iraq war …


(No Bruce’s Journal today)

Note: I had a small transistor radio with me with earphones that I listened to occasionally, and we heard music when we went into diners and stores playing “Top 40″ radio stations.

I still recall arriving in Southern California whenever I hear “When the Doves Cry”; that song was playing everywhere there that summer. What were the other Top 40 tunes of 1984, you ask? According to The Eighties Club:

1. “When Doves Cry”…..Prince
2. “What’s Love Got To Do With It”…..Tina Turner
3. “Jump”…..Van Halen
4. “Karma Chameleon”…..Culture Club
5. “Like A Virgin”…..Madonna
6.”Hello”…..Lionel Richie
7. “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”…..Yes
8. “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”…..Phil Collins
9. “Footloose”…..Kenny Loggins
10. “Ghostbusters”…..Ray Parker, Jr.
11. “I Just Called To Say I Love You”…..Stevie Wonder
12. “Out Of Touch”…..Daryl Hall & John Oates
13. “Say Say Say,” Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
14. “I Feel For You”…..Chaka Khan
15. “Missing You”…..John Waite
16. “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”…..Deniece Williams
17. “Time After Time”…..Cyndi Lauper
18. “The Reflex”…..Duran Duran
19. “Dancing In The Dark”…..Bruce Springsteen
20. “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)”…..Billy Ocean
21. “Talking In Your Sleep”…..The Romantics
22. “Hard Habit To Break”…..Chicago
23. “Let’s Go Crazy”…..Prince & The Revolution
24. “Self Control”…..Laura Branigan
25. “The Wild Boys”…..Duran Duran
26. “Hold Me Now”…..Thompson Twins
27. “Jump (For My Love)”…..Pointer Sisters
28. “”Joanna”…..Kool & The Gang
29. “Break My Stride”…..Matthew Wilder
30. “The Glamorous Life”…..Sheila E
31. “Somebody’s Watching Me”…..Rockwell
32. “Running With The Night”…..Lionel Richie
33. “Penny Lover”…..Lionel Richie
34. “That’s All!”…..Genesis
35. “Stuck On You”…..Lionel Richie
36. “She Bop”…..Cyndi Lauper
37. “Oh Sherrie”…..Steve Perry
38. “99 Luftballons”…..Nena
39. “Drive”…..The Cars
40. “Here Comes The Rain Again”…..Eurythmics


You can find all Top 100 songs at The Eighties Club.

Tomorrow

Day 7: Climb a mountain, meet the Cookie Lady

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