I never realized that Kerry lived so close to me. Well, within 4 hours drive anyhow.
I actually travel to Buffalo on a semi-regular basis to visit friends (I was there last weekend). Perhaps we could meet sometime.
Odd - with four hours I'd be in either Paris or Berlin (If I were to slightly ignore speed limits...) and almost in Copenhagen. It is the same distance yet a much bigger difference in experience.
I find it very interesting the difference in perception of distance between North Americans and (western) Europeans. As a child, we went to visit my grandparents at Christmas, they lived 900km away and we never left the province.
The longest distance I have ever driven without taking a break to sleep is from where my parents live in Kamloops, BC to where I lived at the time (Brandon, MB). I was driving home after visiting them on a holiday. It was 1728km. I drove that in just over 20 hours straight.
I have driven across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver. By Highway 1, it is 6250km and you never leave Canada. That took about 7 days. You cross five time zones.
Once, I was in England visiting relatives in Colchester in eastern England. I was leaving. They asked me where I was going. I was on my way to Caerphilly Castle in southern Wales. They were surprised and asked me if I was going to take all day, or even break up the trip over two days (admittedly, they were quite elderly themselves). I responded, no, I would be there before lunch, tour the castle and then push on for Pembroke. It was only a 300km trip, but they found that hard to believe that I would do it all in one go.
I think the very different scale between North America and Europe has given us different perceptions of distance.
One other curious thing, in Canada we tend to refer to distances in time, i.e. Toronto is 2hrs away from where I live. This is because the length of time to get from A to B can be VERY different depending on the conditions. 200km on a freeway is just 2hrs. 200km on rough back roads can be 3+ hours.
PS I like the idea of the map