The characters stereotypically meet in a tavern, The Golden Apple, and find they all have a reason to travel from Foresthaven to Midway, a town in the middle of the desert. Bedrock agrees to go along. There is a tavern in Midway where he has agreed to perform.
They travel without incident for the entire morning, but early afternoon, they encounter goblins and their fire beetle pets. They barely escape with their lives thanks to a poorly targeted sleep spell cast by the wizard.