They say, move a hive 2 feet or 2 miles. Dunno who "they" are but I understand why that adage is what it is.
To overly paraphrase Michael Bush's take on moving a hive 2 miles - Ain't nobody got time for that! ...And neither do I.
(Here's what Mr. Bush really says about moving a hive a short distance: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm)
Bush's page gave me the confidence I needed to attempt the move and it all worked out great!