I'm now in the final stretch (for real, this time!) of my story, where the MC and a group of close companions have to travel across a desert to reach a mountain on the other side. And time is of the essence. I know that most of this segment is going to involve time skips/summaries, because I can't be writing dozens and dozens of pages about this. It's the end of the journey that matters most. But I haven't decided how large this desert really is, and therefore I don't know how long it will take them to get to the other side. They are traveling on horseback, which I know is 100% feasible by looking at historical accounts. Of course, this story is completely fictional, set in its own world. So, I'm just trying to figure out how I can best handle this. How to make the journey not take up too much page space in my story, while also not rushing it too much. The desert journey is just a means to an end, so it is still important, but not nearly as important as what the characters are trying to do. I love writing about journeys, but this is one of those moments where I don't think I can indulge myself too much, otherwise the story will veer off the side of the road too much, so to speak. Does that make sense?