I had the idea of getting up early and going to the Painted Hills for sunrise photos, but it was too cold so I slept in until the sun was up. This turned out for the best as it was still a cold ride over towards the Fossil Beds. I stopped in Mitchell to get gas at the station that would open near 10am. The closest gas station was around 40 miles away, which was about the range I had left in my tank. So I went over to the Painted Hills to eat breakfast and read.
After getting gas back in Mitchell, I headed East to more great roads that would eventually lead back towards Maupin and home. I went through more burnt valleys and firefighting staging areas. Whole hill sides were scorched and black. Then it was back to the clouds and cold once I hit the cascades and went over Mt. Hood.
Panoramic of gorge