From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Finally, Frederic makes it to a riverbank. He rests, and then begins walking. He stops to organize his papers and money.
He avoids the troops he sees and crosses the Venetian plain, which is flat countryside, without many roads as it gets closer to the sea. Eventually, Frederic stows away on a passing truck with a canvas-covered bed. He climbs under the canvas, and rests with the guns. He is hungry.