I want to ask the meaning of this passage:
He was falling, landing heavily on the rocks of the creek bed. He lay there, gulping in the sweet air among the rocks. He must carry on down, even a small way. Anything to escape the suffocating darkness. He drew in more air, then picked himself up and set off a stumbling path over the broken ground.
It’s a scene about a forest fire.
In that sentence, what does small way mean? Does it mean small distance or small road?