I am three hours from SF, and there are 6 suppliers in an hours drive that can bring in the PE next day for about the same price as one another.
So I don't think you need drive 5 hours at all.
Few people fuse pipe under 3" diameter, but use insert fittings. You will need to warm the pipe with hot water to do it correct or even to get the pipe on the fitting. Use SS or brass and 2 or 3 clamps each.
Compression fittings on the exterior of the pipe would be best if your use is horizontal, not hanging in a well, but I have not been able to find them.
What size are you using, what length, and what price are they quoting per foot?
You well guys will find on this page a chart showing the [so-called recently] "the dirty little secret" of PE pipe in wells with a maximum drop length by PSI and shut off pressure!!
And for this poster, here is another debate on insert fittings: