Whatever he wants to be, we support his life choices.
At the very least it would be interesting to learn what exactly their mission will be as I don't assume they'll come along on our expedition.
By the way: Could you give an estimation of how many miles it is to Farholde? (The inch=1/4 mile on the image isn't terribly helpful without knowing the original format)
A horse gets 3 mph in forest/jungle environment, so I'd guess something around 30 to 40 miles?