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Bought an air mattress for the Black Bear Rampage.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by  
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August
27
2013

Last Friday I talked about the yurts we’ll be staying in while we’re in Tennessee for the Black Bear Rampage mountain bike race. If you watched the video I posted in that blog, then you know that the yurts have electricity, air conditioning and heating. The yurts are not exactly hotel rooms (nor are they designed to be), but I’m told they are quite comfortable. They seem like a perfect balance between creature comforts and nature.

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Air Mattress

Intex Pillow Rest Raised Air Mattress

The yurt has two beds, and there will be four of us staying there. Rob Ern is kindly hosting us and providing the yurt, so he gets one of the beds by default. With only one bed remaining, two of us are going to need to crash on on air mattresses. As a Black Bear n00b, it seemed only fair that I take an air mattress. Mike and J.C. are going to bike race for the last remaining bed, I think. 🙂

I didn’t own an air mattress, and have never slept on one before. As I started researching them I was surprised that A) They actually seem to be fairly comfortable, and B) They are very inexpensive.

I ordered a twin-sized Intex Pillow Rest Raised Air Mattress from Amazon. It was only $30 and it has a built in electric pump.

The integrated pump is used to quickly inflate and deflate the mattress. The mattress can also be inflated with a manual pump if no electricity is available.

The integrated pump is used to quickly inflate and deflate the mattress. The mattress can also be inflated with a manual pump if no electricity is available.

The mattress arrived yesterday. I took it upstairs to the theater lobby, plugged it in and watched it inflate.

The air pump is not too loud at all, it sounds like a vacuum. I was impressed by how quickly the mattress inflated, taking only about 3 minutes to go from the included storage bag to sleep-ready. The power cord tucks away into a small storage area to the right of the pump controls.

The top of the mattress has sort of a soft velvety type material, and small ridges for comfort. When I lay down on the mattress I didn’t really expect it to be very comfortable, but it was! I think with sheets and a couple of pillows I’m going to sleep like a baby on this thing.

I’ll probably wake up duct taped to it and floating in the river with my eyebrows shaved, but at least I’ll be comfortable….

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7 Responses to “Bought an air mattress for the Black Bear Rampage.”
  1. Scratch the idea of white water rafting with a guide, we need to take turns riding that gigantic inflatable bed down the Ocoee!!! It looks like it can handle class V rapids.

    Oh yeah, JC snores like a freakin chainsaw.

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