Floyd Lampart to recount journey around U.S.

Lake Clear cyclist Floyd Lampart will share stories and photos from his 11,346 mile trip last year around the continental United States at the Paul Smith’s College VIC at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Lampart, a retired land surveyor for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, endured all kinds of obstacles on his cycling odyssey that started on April 4 and finished Sept. 2. He left Lake Clear for northern Maine when temperatures were still below freezing and snow was still falling, biked through temperatures above 100 degrees in the southern U.S. and finished to nice fall weather in the Adirondacks.

Lampart did the trip for a number of reasons. For one, he loves cycling, but he also used it to raise money for animals. He raised more than $17,000 for a fire suppression system at the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and more than $50,000 for laboratory equipment at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Lampart and his wife, Martha, have volunteered at Best Friends for many years. He dubbed the trip, “Pedaling for Paws.”

As part of his trip, Lampart visited the most eastern, western, southern and northern post offices in the continental U.S.: visiting, Lubec, Maine; Key West, Fla.; La Push, Wash.; and Angle Inlet, Minn.

Lampart will present a slide show and answer questions about his epic journey. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. The cost of the event is $5 per person. It’s free for Friends of the VIC and season-pass holders.