This last leg of our journey has sapped our strength and taxed our comprehension. Every where we turned our way was blocked. We had exhausted, it seems, all the approaches to the hiding place from the west and down towards Damascus.
Finally we gave up going in that direction and doubled back around to the north. There, at last, we found a way clear that was headed in the right direction.
The night had ended long before and we were tired. But we wanted to struggle on after a brief rest. (Besides, the path was more of a track – better traversed in daylight).
So, with Tomas in the lead and Elijah right behind we gained the hiding place by day’s end.