I do something similar but without the quotes and somewhat different. I go where each path leads but then I backtrack to forks and pursue other paths. I map along the way. Then I make lateral connections where there is no path and make connections so others can find my new paths during their searches.
Yet it’s always forward in my personal unknown. Each time I backtrack to crossroads I’ve gone through before, I move down a new trail or create new trails where they need to be. My map expands and my efforts sometimes expand the maps of others which sometimes they don’t like. More critically to me, this mapping often expands into areas I don’t like either but I still do it until I find a familiar trail again and have made the connections.
[my reply to: “”Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”” ]