Those folks can't really comprehend long distance driving and how necessary it is.
Folks around major metros measure road trips in time, not miles.
As I type, I'm about 80 miles from the University of Illinois Urbana campus, and 2 hours from Chicago's O'hare airport. Congestion makes distance immaterial to the situation. At midnight I'm still 80 miles from the university, but only 50 minutes from the airport.