Kevin B. Smith
I'm very new to the game, but I'll try...
Here Rocky explores northeast. It's a woods card. He opts to traverse West instead because he doesn't like the woods card.
His 1 o'clock move was into the woods. For his 2 o'clock move, instead of exploring out in a random direction, he traversed to an existing card (to the west of the woods).
This confuses me because he explored and then chose not to go in that direction.
No. He did go in that direction, and then continued out in a different direction.
So he then traversed and explored again. Is this not the same as back tracking?
If his 2 o'clock had been back to his starting location, then yes, that would have been a backtrack, and thus would be illegal.