Yes, makes sense to me. Absolutely.
What's also defining our riding perspective and experience is the layout of the region. When destinations are spread thin long rides are considered normal. When as is the case in densely populated areas they are close together the rides may be short but as the moving speed drops drastically a simple city hop of barely 40km easily feels like an expedition.
What I loved about Friesland was the open space between the villages. However short the distance, there were still wide open vistas, skyscapes and dramatic cloud configurations.
Moriunt omnes pauci vivunt