Finished work on time on Friday night so I chose to fore go my evening meal. I had a snack and added a few layers to my cycling kit I was still wearing from cycling home. My plan was to get the sun setting from Hunter’s Tor (one of my favorite mountain biking tracks) but there is nowhere to park near the foot path so I decided to bike it. Well I was already tired and it was tough going with 8 kg of kit on my back and a strong headwind as I winded up Trendlebere to Manaton and then up through Peck Farm but I left early and go there about 7.15pm (sunset at 8.30pm).
I was glad I had brought some wind proofs as it was near freezing as the sun disappeared behind some clouds. The evening sky was packed with thick clouds but enough gaps to produce some great rays which hit the distant hills. These were amazing and I kept trying to get a few different view points and also I managed to get a few captures of my Kinesis XCPro 3 MTB in the shot too – LOL. As I gazed I noticed a few small forest fires break out. Now they had been gorse burning on Hunter’s Tor meaning a lot of black ash and fresh beaters were leaning against the wall but the smoke was coming from the forest not the moorland.
The sunset was somewhat uneventful but a pleasure to see. I knew after the sun had set the light would fade rather than progress to a red hue as there were no clouds to reflect it and there were no referred hues in the East sky so given the temperatures I high tailed it out of there to get home and get some food. The cycle home was wind-driven and super quick with my head torch to light to road.