Much like how Chekhov’s gun cannot go unfired, Chekhov’s bandit cannot go without attempting to rob someone.. or somesuch. Though some background is just.. well.. background, it’s often more effective when referenced; and the journey is quite lengthy, so it needs to be broken up somehow.
Speaking of broken, I figured it wasn’t too much of a stretch to let a certain cart be mended. I do like taking familiar (or hopefully familiar!) elements from the world as we know it and then portraying it in a different place or from a different perspective. What if the cart never broke down, what if someone helped them fix it. Most of those considerations aren’t important nor in need of an answer, but I find it an interesting way to approach the world and how to portray it.