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too much sun

If you haven’t spent time in Australia before you might not realise the power of the Outback sun.

There tends to be a lot of it.

On a long bike trip you will be living outside for weeks at a time. The sun is a real issue. There’s a shortage of cloud cover and extreme UV levels. It’s tempting to take the shirt off but be careful with sun exposure: heat exhaustion, sunburn, sunstroke.

Shading your face with a hat, and sunscreen for the reflected rays, a long sleeved shirt with a collar and sunscreen again for the exposed legs. Choose cycling gloves carefully to avoid those with gaps on the back of your hands.

Melanoma is high on the list of causes of death for 25-40 year olds in Australia. It can kill you in a month.

Getting that ain’t smart.