by Dan Grove, CBM Strategic Associate in Cameroon
Some people say that every year of a dog’s life is equivalent to 7 years for a human. So if you have had Fido for 10 years, he would be like a 70 year old man. However I read something that said it isn’t quite that simple. When a dog is younger, the ‘dog years’ are less (maybe 4 or 5 human years) and as a dog gets older, those years increase. So when Max is in his 10th year, he might be aging 9 or 10 years.
I think the same thing must happen to trucks. We received our brand new Toyota Hilux in the summer of 2001. It was white, unscratched and had about 3,000 km when it actually made its way to us. It was quite a long time before I had to do any maintenance. The first clutch change was at 150,000 km and it still has its original exhaust system. In fact if I scraped off the 1/4 inch of baked on mud (almost like a ceramic coating) it is still shiny underneath!
We are now approaching a quarter of a million miles and it isn’t quite so pretty any more. Not only that but, like an old man it makes all kinds of noises when it moves and things are falling apart. I go through tie rod ends and ball joints almost as often as oil changes. When I put the pedal to the floor on the highway I can go a speedy 94km/hour. Of course downhill and with a wind behind me, I can urge it to break the 100 mark! Continue reading