"Now I know what bar he stopped at, although it looks like that part of the story probably checks"
That part checked out from the RV Tracker too anyway. You could see where they backtracked to get him. Unfortunately, after backtracking to get him, they took right back off at that same asinine pace immediately after... if he was too tired to run that pace through town, how did he suddenly get so invigorated to be able to run that pace again immediately after the RV gets back to him?
But it also kills their 3rd version story about how you missed him because he got too far behind the RV... that bar backtrack happened an hour before you got to the RV.