Layna exhales gently before speaking, "Everyone from the hood to the halfling to the quartermaster was quite clear that OUR business is to resolve the issue at the mine as rapidly as possible - they are probably expecting us back within the month," Layna says matter of factly. "If we make good time on the first half of our trip, perhaps we will have time to make personal stops on the way back. And if we do our job well, perhaps they will grant us some more personal time when we return," Layna conceeds. "Though aren't there bandits near Stony Ford? I'm sure we could handle them, but that would probably draw some unwanted attention to us."
Layna falls silent for a few moments as she gathers her thoughts, "Anyway," Layna resumes, "we need to be reasonably rested and have a plan ready when we reach the mine. I would suggest we ride steadily through the day, leaving some time in the evenings to discuss plans in camp before we set watches and turn in for the night." She tucks a stray whisp of hair behind her ear and says, "we could cut a few days off the trip by riding sunrise to sunset," she surmises, "but that will leave us overly tired when it comes to facing 'Zul,' so I'd suggest a more measured approach, probably reaching the mine in about two weeks. I'd also avoid towns or other gatherings of people. The fewer questions we need to answer the better time we will make and the fewer chances for mishaps."
"If need be we can pick up the pace on the way back, probably in a score of days," Layna suggests. "That may provide time for a brief stop in Stony Ford, though it is probably wise to travel faster on the way back, no matter what. Our employers seem very eager to start their mining expedition; fewer days to be noticed and a successful early return could only be to our advantage."