Pick a medium-to-large road, preferably somewhere in a suburban area. Not a long distance highway, but something more local. Ignore its names. Follow it straight through every intersection until you can't anymore, in both directions. Where does it take you?
That's the game. That's all it is. Really, it's just an excuse to explore and be surprised.
I started thinking about this recently while looking at Tysons Corner on Google Maps. I noticed that Gallows Road and International Drive, two of Tysons' largest roads, are effectively one and the same. And then I realized I didn't know where either of them ends.
Heading north, International Drive becomes Spring Hill Road and ends just shy of the Potomac River, really not very far from Tysons at all. In the other direction, after heading south through Merrifield, Gallows Road becomes Annandale Road and then Ravensworth Road. It gradually becomes a totally local street lined with detached houses, until it loops around, intersects with itself, and eventually dead-ends as Jervis Street, a little north of Springfield.
Pick a medium-sized road and go to town
For the game to really be interesting, you have to pick roads that are neither too big nor too small. Everyone already knows that numbered US highways go through multiple states, and the majority of streets in suburban subdivisions go nowhere. The most pleasing results are the surprises.
For example, how far do you think you can get from The Wharf without turning?
Already amused that The Wharf is connected to Westminster, but hadn't occurred to me that by this approach The Wharf is also linked to Germantown, Damascus, and Frederick. pic.twitter.com/LeuSwROAoC
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Play the game and tell us what you find!