Floyd Lampart of Lake Clear, N.Y., is riding with a mission, but the bad weather has put a temporary damper on his goal.
Last year Lampart, who is retired, completed an 11,500-mile ride around the perimeter of the United States to benefit Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill sanctuary in Kaneb, Utah.
Leaving New York on April 17, he is now riding another 2,100 miles, hoping to get closer to his goal of raising $100,000 for the sanctuary.
Unfortunately, the March-like weather that made up most of Nebraska and Wyoming’s Mother’s Day weather has thrown him behind schedule. He is scheduled to be in Kaneb for the dedication of a new clinic at the sanctuary in about two weeks.
Lampart, who rides alone without any support, needs a ride west for himself and his bicycle. His bicycle weighs about 90 pounds and he says it would not fit in a car, but a pickup or truck would work fine.
“The best deal would be a ride to Laramie, Wyo.,” Lampart said. He figures that will get him past the worst of the weather.
If he doesn’t find a ride in North Platte, Lampart says he’ll start out from North Platte Tuesday for Ogallala and hopes he’ll get a ride west from there.
Lampart does not have any financial assistance or corporate sponsors. When the weather is nice, he camps out. In inclement weather, he heads for motels.
Lampart and his wife, Martha, are long-time, loyal supporters of Best Friends and have adopted five dogs from them. He now rides with pictures of his dogs on his bike.
“I can see (their pictures) and when the going gets tough it reminds me of why I am doing this,” Lampart says.
“I like to adopt the older dogs,” Lampart says. Senior dogs are tough to adopt out, Lampart adds, and he likes giving them a nice home in their last years.
Lampart is also dedicating his ride to his son, Christopher, was hit by a car and killed Jan. 15.
Anyone who could offer Lampart a ride west can call 518-637-6613 at any time.
Anyone interested in helping him on his quest to raise $100,000 for the sanctuary, go to: https://secure.bestfriends.org/page/outreach/view/personalFR/pedalforpaws.
You can also go to his Web site, www.floydsride.com, and follow him on www.facebook.com/PedalForPawsRideBestFriends.