The rules say that the customer always takes the shortest number of paths to the next stage. It also says that the number of tents along the way is irrelevant. Is path defined as a segment between tents, or is a path defined as a segment between stages?
Put another way, there's a couple places on the board that have paths between stages which have only one tent along the way. Is the length of these segments one (stage-to-stage), or is the length two (stage-to-tent-to-stage)?