On our trip to New Mexico and Arizona in October, we met a remarkable couple from Germany. Helmut and Katharina were bicycling the entire length of Route 66, starting in Chicago. We invited them to visit us when they reached Pasadena, just one day from the end of the highway in Santa Monica. They arrived on Carl's birthday and joined the celebration. (The bash, by the way, featured a fantastic potluck Italian dinner for 15—we have some great cooks as friends—followed by a late-night trip to the mountains, where we watched the Leonid meteor showers until about 3:30.) These pictures were taken on the morning of the last day of Helmut's and Katherine's 8-week journey.

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