One way to skip time.
Before the Jump. Characters do whatever, find out about the time matrix, and begin their search. So where during their search the trail goes cold.
20 years later, they finally find the trail again...
"Dulce bellum inexpertis."
Official Forum Expert on Norse Mythology
As Odin says in the Hovamal:
"Praise no day 'til evening; no wife 'til on her pyre; no sword 'til tested;
no maid 'til bedded; no ice 'til crossed;
no ale 'til drunk."