Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Mount Sinai. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Sinai) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Sinai. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5493, Longitude: -86.5450 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Mount Sinai have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).