Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from Bessie Junction. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bessie Junction) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bessie Junction. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.6371, Longitude: -87.0364 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Bessie Junction have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).