Google recently added satellite images to it's map service which I found useful for finding bike commute paths from my house to a client whose office is just across the marsh.
I thought there was a path along the edge of the marsh but examining the satellite images revealed otherwise (vector-based road maps don't show bike trails but high resolution satellite images do). Since I don't like bicycling along side cars, biking to work is not an option. I can, however, canoe to work although getting out of the lagoon in my neighborhood requires me to carry the canoe on my back like Vikings did. But would Vikings have done that if they had only work at the other end instead of kill, rape, and pillage?
Anyway, a neat feature of Google Maps is that you click on a travel direction and see the location like this: