this is a continuation from here
They were still young, and it took the reality of diminishing food rations to make them feel any real concern. In the afternoon on that second day, the question of whether to stop for the night had to be answered. It was still early enough to continue on, only 4:00. But if they didn't stop soon, it would be too dark to find a safe place to camp.
They had agreed to trudge on for half an hour, in hopes of finding signs of other human activity before making their decision. At 4:30, they'd stopped to pitch camp.
And eat nearly all of their remaining rations.
(to be continued)