Floyd Lampart to embark on another bike trip

SARANAC LAKE – Lake Clear resident Floyd Lampart has another big cycling trip in the works.

Lampart, who finished up a five-month, 11,346-mile trip around the perimeter continental United States in September, plans to bike 2,600 miles to Utah this spring.

A retired land surveyor for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the 68-year-old is doing the trip as a fundraiser for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake and the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. He already raised more than $17,000 for the Saranac Lake animal shelter for a fire suppression system with his last trip, in addition to $53,000 he raised for Best Friends’ new animal hospital. He hopes to get another $47,000 in donations for the Utah-based group.

Lampart and his wife, Martha, are both animal lovers and have worked closely with both organizations over the years as volunteers.

The avid cyclist is also dedicating this journey to his son Chris, who died on Jan. 15 at age of 43 after being hit by a car near his home outside Ithaca. Chris Lampart grew up in Saranac Lake and graduated from high school here in 1988.

“He would bring Facebook entries to work every day with his computer and show the guys at work,” Floyd said of Chris. “He was real excited about me doing the ride. I just think it would be nice to do it in his memory.”

Lampart now wears dog tags with his son’s thumbprint around his neck that he had made after his son’s death. He also wears his son’s bracelet.

“I miss him every day. I get emotional just talking about it,” Lampart said. “It’s only been a couple of months, but I know he’d be proud of this because he was proud of me on the last ride.”

Lampart hopes to leave on this journey later this month after some of the snow has melted and temperatures have gone up. He plans to ride about 75 miles per day and arrive in Kanab, Utah by Memorial Day weekend, when the organization will have a dedication ceremony for its new animal hospital. He plans to fly home.

He should be in good shape for the adventures. He’s been riding his bike six days a week through the winter, often in frigid weather. He would even bike on the railroad tracks from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid, using extra-wide tires on a mountain bike.

“With that bike and those tires, there’s a lot of resistance,” he said. “When you get home, you know you’ve done something.”

The trip to Utah will take Lampart through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“I’ve never been across that part of the country on a bicycle,” he said. “I’m kind of curious what Iowa is like. I enjoy the prairies.”

Lampart has biked through a majority of the 50 states, having embarked on numerous long-distance trips. In 1994, he rode across the country. Then in 1999, he flew to Fairbanks, Alaska, and rode home – 4,236 miles in 40 days.

“The only other states I lack are the ones in the East, like in the interior, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia – that’s probably it,” he said. “And, of course, Hawaii. I’ve been to Alaska.”

For more information about the Best Friends fundraiser visit www.floydsride.com. Information about the Tri-Lakes Humane Society fundraiser can be found on its website at tlhsny.webs.com.