So I'm making good progress on my first chapter of my first novel, but I know I'm heading towardsa "dead end", I know what is supposed to happen but not how to get my character there. So quick summary. The MC have been hired to find out what's happened to a local farmer and his family, he arrives at their house, finds them gone and the rotten body of their child, but no trace of the parents with obvious signs of foul play (the door is kicked in and the house is a mess). Now, I need him to get from their house to an abbandoned, small village about an hours ride from there, but I'm not sure how. I've thought about him finding tracks leading in that direction, but in the story it's been raining all day and the body of the child is 1-2 weeks old, so any tracks would be gone. Another option I've considered is the MC just coming to the conclusion that going to that village is the next logical step, as there is no other place anywhere near they could have gone. Any suggestions on how to resolve this?