Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to help me to interpret an equivocal for me expression marked in bold in the following excerpt from Jules Verne’s “The Mysterious Island”?
On the way Herbert had discovered a tree, the branches of which the Indians of South America employ for making their bows.
I know that “on the way” = “in the process of coming”, “going”, or “traveling”; also, “about to come”.
But I know also that “on the way” = “ by the by”, “incidentally”, “among other things”, “in passing”.
Thank you for your efforts.
In this instance, it is the simple one of "on the way [ to somewhere ].