One of my favorite lines from a Super Tramp song, take the long way home. The long way would seem at times to be something that you would avoid rather than leverage. But there are times you would consider the long way.
When I was a kid we used to take the long way every Sunday. We would wander and meander around in our car for 2 or 3 hours. Of course today you really can’t do that for a number of reasons, but back then taking the long way was a lot of fun.
The long way is also good to avoid traffic and other road related issues.
Of course in the old days we didn’t have satellite radio and GPS’s to help us avoid the inevitable long wait (although driving to Cincinnati Ohio there is one stretch of the highway that if they have a wreck – you are stuck until they clear it.
Still it is also an metaphor taking the “long way.” rather than taking the “easy way”. Its following the line of the poem “taking the road less traveled” to be “all the better for it.”
Taking, the long way home. Worse, filling the entire page with the long way home