The Japanese have a custom of watching the first sunrise of the year. My first year living in Japan friends took me to a Buddhist temple at midnight on New Year's Eve and then to a beach at sunrise. I really like this custom. So this morning shortly after 7am I took my camera and tripod out onto the frosty ground and watched the sunrise over an Iowa cornfield. You can see five jets already streaking to far off destinations so early in the new year!
My friend's farmhouse sits on about 5 acres of land, but is surrounded by hundreds of acres of corn fields, such that perched atop a hill, there are views in all directions allowing for clear views of the sunrise in the morning and the sunset in the evening. On this 17F degree morning I was not alone though, birds were out chirping and going about their business.
Soon Kiki and I will continue our way west toward California. We still have a few more stops in between until we get there. Our stay in Iowa has been good, but we must still keep on keeping on until there is no more Road, only Sea.