Lampart pedals toward Utah in son’s honor

TUPPER LAKE – Lake Clear resident Floyd Lampart started his 2,600-mile bike ride to Kanab, Utah, Thursday morning with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees.

Lampart is on his way to the Best Friends Animal Society, which is holding a dedication ceremony for its new animal clinic on Memorial Day weekend. Estimating that he will bike about 75 miles per day, Lampart said it should take about six weeks to get there in time.

Lampart appeared in good spirits as he cruised through Tupper Lake Thursday morning. Stopping on state Route 30 near Simond Pond, he said he was looking forward to traveling through the middle part of the country, an area he’s never seen from his bike.

Lampart finished up a five-month, roughly 12,000-mile trip around the lower 48 states in September 2013. His goal was to raise $100,000 for the new Best Friends clinic and another $20,000 for a fire suppression system for the Saranac Lake-based Tri-Lakes Humane Society animal shelter.

“When I finished the ride in Sept. 2013, I never felt it was complete because my goal of $100,000 was not met,” Lampart said in a press release. “Although I was happy with raising more than $50,000, I still wanted to raise the additional $48,000. So I continued riding throughout the winter knowing I would head out in the spring. Additionally, this ride is being dedicated to my son, Christopher, who was tragically killed on January 15, 2014.”

Lampart and his wife, Martha, are big supporters of Best Friends and try to visit its sanctuary in Kanab once a year. They have adopted five dogs from the organization in the last seven years.

“I try to keep Floyd away from the ‘old friends’ area of the sanctuary because he always finds another dog that ‘needs him,'” Martha said in a press release.

“Even on his last ride we ended up with another dog. Fuzzy, as he was named, was found in El Centro, California and ended up making his home in upstate New York after befriending Floyd.”

Lampart has named this bike ride Pedal for Paws, the same as he used for his trip last summer.

For more information, visit www.floydsride.com. Updates will be posted on a Pedal for Paws Facebook page.