How far is 100,000 km?

Dresden

I travel a great deal and during my travels I have become quite good at gauging distances. I was in Dresden a couple of years ago and we drove down the famed German autobahn (where there are no speed limits) to Berlin, which took about 2 hours. The distance between the two points are about 200 km.

Autobahn

I have also climbed Mt. Kinabalu when I was in my 20’s. I went with a bunch of friends to Kota Kinabalu and we did the whole beach and islands thing, but also scaled the highest mountain in South East Asia. I was the only one among my friends to make it to the summit.

Mt Kinabalu

That was 4,095 meters. It’s only 4 kilometers but it felt like it was a lot longer than that!

Mt Kinabalu Summit

I also lived in Melbourne for over 5 years and at the beginning I didn’t have a car. That meant walking. 20 minute walks were not uncommon, to catch the inter-campus bus from Clayton to Caulfield as I was studying in two different campuses.

Melbourne Driving

Even after I got a car, it didn’t make sense to drive all the way to the city. Melbournians seldom do due to the high CBD parking charges, tolls and congestion charge/levy. I would park in Huntingdale and take the train to the city.

Melbourne Tram

Melbourne has a really good public transport system, with buses, trains and trams linking everything so I’ll rather spend 30 minutes in the train where I can read, update my blog (yes, I started sixthseal.com when I was in university) and talk to people.

Kangaroo

The reason I’m talking about distance is that it’s very hard to imagine just how far 100,000 km really is. I saw a billboard for Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus, saying that it’ll go for up to 100,000 km and I was trying to figure out how far that is in my head.

Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus

The circumference of the Earth is 40,075km, so you can drive around the world about 2 and a half times!

The Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus also comes reinforced with DuPontTM Kevlar for added protection, and together with its internal TredLife TechnologyTM this delivers tremendous value through being a longer lasting and durable tire. It also uses an advanced carbon based tread compound with higher carbon content for higher resistance to road wear. This set of tires is also optimal for precision driving with an Asymmetric Tread Design placing more rubber on the outside shoulder for increased grip.

Kevlar

That’s one durable tyre! I can’t imagine driving up to 100,000 km on a set of tyres. To my experience I would normally need to change my tyres around once every 2 years due to my heavy duty driving (I drive a lot to other states like Penang, Johor, Ipoh and Melaka to hunt for good food and travel). I just can’t believe how awesome it would be to save up the money on tyre maintenance and reinvest it back to my travel and food fund when I am on the hunt! smirk

Check out this video. It’s a very inspirational one and it’ll give you a sense of just how far 100,000 km really is!

I’m seriously considering purchasing a set of Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus – the mileage is second-to-none. I’m also interested in the Goodyear Worry Free Assurance which protects tyres against road hazards. First, let me explain what Goodyear Worry Free Assurance is!

Worry Free Assurance

Worry Free Assurance allows you to bring your damaged tire back to the dealer where you purchased it to claim a new one with your original receipt and the Goodyear Worry Free Assurance card. This is valid up to 6 months from the date of purchase, so think of it as additional insurance against road hazards, especially with the various debris at MRT construction sites. I personally think this is a very good initiative from Goodyear (they are the only tyre provider that offers this program), especially for us who stays in the suburban areas where construction works seems to have no end. I live in Kota Damansara and with the ongoing MRT construction, the condition of the road is not really in good form. Not that I am complaining – I am happy that the country is investing in infrastructure, but the road condition is really not friendly to my tyres. Now, these worries can be eliminated with Worry Free Assurance! Of course, there are some terms and conditions but they’re very standard. I believe as long as I don’t damage my tyres deliberately, I’ll be well protected.

Adolf Wagner

I love seeing the world and I’ll love to do that someday. Drive around the world that is. It is technically possible, if you hop on cruise ships for the oceanic parts. :)

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10 thoughts on “How far is 100,000 km?

  1. You are always so adventurers & your life will never be boring as you enjoy and learn along the way. A ship in the harbour is safe but that’s not what ships are built for.

    So I should also consider changing these wonderful tyres as I have doubts about my 4 tyres now. If they could last 2 years, I would be lucky but never did. Thanks for sharing how far is 100,000km!

    • Thanks mate! :)

      Yeah, I was thinking about how far 100,000 km is too I looked at my car odometer and it’s only at 73,000 km! Working back, that means a set of tyres can potentially last 15 years of my driving, which is amazing.

    • Yeah, I was there for college and then uni. :)

      Most people do twinning programs and end up staying 2 years or worse, even 1 year or sometimes 6 months and they don’t get the full experience of living abroad. I don’t believe in that, maybe since I was brought up different – have been living abroad from age 15 (first NZ then Aussie).

  2. hahah… its also almost time for me to change my car’s tyres. I can consider this.
    Too bad I missed out climbing Mount K before the quake. Now, it will take a while for the Park to clean up.

    • Yeah, it’s quite a good investment! :)

      I’ve never even drove as far as 100,000 km since I got this new car. Oh ya, they’ll need a bit of time to sort out the summit. I’ll love to climb Mt. Kinabalu again, but I’ll wait for the Via Ferrata route to be back up.

    • Yeah, I always check mine before going on a road trip too. :)

      This Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus seems very promising – 100,000 km is a very long distance, you can do 500 return trips with that.

    • That’s good Kathy, especially since auto repair shops can be quite unscrupulous. :)

      I don’t know any good mechanics in KL until Yee Ling’s dad introduce his to me.

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