Red Echo

November 3, 2009

Awesome: a visit to the imaginary town of Argleton, which shows up clearly on Google Maps despite not actually existing. Current best theory is that it was inserted by Google’s data provider as the equivalent of a trap street.

The possibility of actually visiting an imaginary place seemed irresistible. In terms of my journey, not to go there would be a dereliction of duty, like saying ‘I could have made a detour to Rock Candy Mountain’ or ‘Tir-nan-Og’, ‘but I decided to press on directly to Maghull instead’. So today I decided to make the expedition – from the world we know to a fictitious and uncertain place.

Reaching non-existent lands can be accomplished in many ways, but I decided to use Google itself to navigate to this one. After all, they invented it.