It’s all about Nitrogen

It keeps the tyres cool on highways. It escapes the tyres slower than air because its molecules are bigger. So I have been filling the tyres with Nitrogen. I shifted my loyalty to a Bharat Petroleum filling station from my trusted HP fill stations because of Nitrogen filling. Even though it’s no longer convenient to tank up at this station after a change of job last year, I continued to visit this one for the free Nitrogen.

Recently, I found an HP with free Nitrogen in the other direction with less traffic and I thought I could shift there. So if you own a fuel station, provide free Nitrogen filling because customers like it and they will come to you for it.

But…

I started thinking if I really need Nitrogen. Have I seen the benefit of Nitrogen after all these years? Not really, except for a peace of mind and the satisfaction that I seem to know and care about automobiles. After watching these two videos on YouTube, I have a change of heart. I don’t think I will really need Nitrogen anymore.

The air around us is already 78% Nitrogen. Race car tyres are filled with pure Nitrogen to avoid an unpredictable increase in tyre pressure. With Nitrogen or Air, there will be pressure increase with the rise in temperature. With air, there’s a chance of moisture presence which can lead to an unpredictable rise in pressure. Hence, race car tyres are filled with pure Nitrogen. How about the Nitrogen from the fuel station or tyre shops, is it pure? Probably not.

Bottom line: Unless it’s a race car, don’t botter.

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Trekking in the Western Ghats in 70 photos

I have these piles and piles of photographs lying around from my heydays of trekking in the Western Ghats. I used to share them on Facebook but I deleted my old account. I haven’t documented them anywhere and I though I should do something about it. Initially I planned to write a post for each trek but it was going to take forever. I resorted to one mega photo essay.

Revisiting Sakleshpur trek

Sakleshpur railway is a part of the railway line that connects Mangalore to Bangalore in South India. The stretch from Sakleshpur to Kukke Subrahmanya was closed for years for conversion to broad gauge. During which it became a trekkers paradise rightly called Green Route. It passes through thick green forests, numerous streams, waterfalls, some 50 tunnels and countless bridges.

A re-write of my photowalk in Aizawl from 2007

Armed with my Aunt’s little Lumix camera, I walked the streets of Aizawl for a photograph things I found interesting. It was uncomfortable to aim at random things with a camera because this was before everyone has a smartphone and before every monkey carries a DSRL. Some people even asked where the photo would be published. Perhaps they thought I was from the newspaper.

To BR Hills, Kotagiri and Manjoor

After a trip to Goa before last Christmas,  I haven’t been on the road. A trip, any trip to somewhere was really due.

This was a dream on the map. The plan: Take the Bangalore-Kanakpura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Sathyamangalam  route to Kotagiri and swing by BR Hills on the way. On the second day, drive to Ooty, Manjoor and back to Ooty. The return trip from Manjoor will show us Avanlanche Lake from a distance. From Ooty, drive straight back to Bangalore.

This trip took us through roads like this…

bull-crossing-road

.. and showed us views like this.

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