When I was in Chicago a few weeks ago, I had a few hours between the end of my conference’s events and dinner. So I did some sight-seeing. Since I was so close to Lake Michigan (nearly an ocean), I thought it would be a crime to not go to the “sea”-front. On my return journey, I went up a stairwell to cross a major road. Maybe I should not have done that.
The stairwell was basically not meant to be used anymore. It exited right on the major road with no sidewalk!
But I went anyway. It was more adventurous — and direct.
Takeaway: sometimes — no, often — the less common path has greater rewards.