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I was dressed for the weather, but even so my high hiking boots and shiny so-called waterproof had let in a miserable amount of weather on the walk from the Bodleian to the lodgings house.
Up and up and up and up we went, the children complaining of car sickness in the backseat, big trucks and crazy bicyclists zipping down past us, the engine of the Renault straining in first gear, tiny hamlets populated by men and women in shorts and hiking boots passing in a blink, brief, spectacular views of the lake and the Alps appearing for a few seconds like miragesand then the road would swing away from them, and the signs would stubbornly insist that a place called Lanzo was not an imaginary town, but an actual one, just a few kilometers farther up the road.
Today, like the rest of his team, he wore a decidedly nonmilitary uniform: a rugged caramel-colored canvas jacket, tattered cargo pants and steel-soled Salomon hiking boots that bore the scars of many previous adventures.
That search did not turn up the bomb hidden in his ankle-high hiking boots and the next day Reid successfully boarded the same flight for Miami.
I jumped up and threw the UGS materials and my freshman physical geology textbook into a backpack along with a sandwich and a bottle of water, put on some hiking boots (I was beginning to feel self-conscious about the red ropers), and then headed out to the street where I'd left Faye's car.