Floyd endures southwestern heat
Lake Clear resident Floyd Lampart has reached the Pacific Ocean and is more than halfway done with his epic 12,000-mile bike ride.
Lampart left his home on April 4 with the plan of riding around the perimeter of the continental United States. Along the way, he is visiting four geographically distant post offices, the most northern, eastern, southern and western.
So far, he has reached the most eastern post office in Lubec, Maine and the most southern in Key West, Fla., which he reached in early May. Now, he’s headed to La Push, Wash., to visit the most western continental U.S. post office. From there, he’ll go to the northern-most post office in Angle Inlet, Minn., before heading home. He hopes to be back in the fall.
Lampart reached the Pacific Ocean on Huntington Beach, just south of Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, June 14.
The ride is a fundraiser for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society Animal Shelter. He hopes to raise $20,000 for a new sprinkler system there.
Since leaving Key West, Lampart said he has experienced some serious heat as he traveled through the south. It’s been forcing him to stop early in the day to seek the refuge of air-conditioned motels.
“It’s been horrible as far as bike riding goes. It’s probably the toughest riding that I’ve ever done,” Lampart said. “It’s been brutal coming across New Mexico and Arizona. I’ve got to get up at 3 o’clock in the morning and start riding because by noon you’re not going to do anything.
“It’s like riding a bike in an oven.”
Lampart, who is averaging about 80 miles a day, said the heat makes everything unpleasant, even his water and sports drinks.
“To try to drink that down while it’s that warm, it almost makes you gag,” he said.
But he called the country that he passed through beautiful and said he has met many nice people along the way.
One of the most memorable things he did recently was rescue a dog in El Centro, a city in southern California. Lampart said he came upon a stressed out dog that was wandering into a heavily trafficked road.
“It was going to get clobbered in traffic,” Lampart said.
Lampart, with the help of at least one other person, coaxed the dog out of the road. He then took the dog to his motel room that night, before passing it off to a local animal shelter in the morning.
“That is the mission, (helping) animals,” Lampart said. “So it kind of fits right in with what this whole ride is about.”
This past week, Lampart also got to enjoy a few days off as his wife, Martha, flew out to meet him in Los Angeles. The pair planned to spend Sunday through Thursday in a hotel near Beverly Hills.
From there, Lampart was going to head back out on the road, which will include some scenic pedaling along the Pacific Ocean coastline. That’s something he’s really looking forward to as he heads to Washington state.
“It was so much nicer getting out of that desert,” he said.
People who want to make a pledge to Lampart’s cause can visit the shelter’s website (www.trilakeshumanesociety.petfinder.com) or contact his wife, Martha Lampart, at 518-891-0319 or email@example.com.