Maybe I need to just cut the journey and have them just go from the farm with the village in about two paragraphs. That kills some character development and some of the threat to Jael from more leering farmhands (everyone's FAVORITE antagonist...or not). I want this to be fun and full of wonder as well as a little threatening.
I'm going to take one more crack at it tonight, jumping from the farm to running into Isaac halfway there. If that doesn't work, I may need to cut right to the village in future drafts.