What does ‘across the level’ mean here?

What does ‘across the level’ mean here, and ‘striking off across’ mean

With a short laugh he threw it down on the bed, and pulling on his old
black hat, he went out, striking off across the level.

On the Divide
by Willa Cather


The word “level” appears four times in that story. The first appearance is at the beginning, where it appears in the first sentence “… the level Nebraska plain…”.
In the sentence you quote, it means that he walked across the land, which is very flat.

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