SARANAC LAKE — Floyd Lampart is on a bike ride that will take him 12,000 miles.
“The first two weeks are the worst part of the ride because of the weather we’re having,” the Saranac Lake man, who’s 67, said from Gorham, N.H., three days into the effort.
Brutal spring winds and low temperatures “sucked the life right out” of him, he said of those first few days, but as more time passes, he thinks it will become easier.
“You get your training on the first couple weeks of the ride,” he said. “After that, it becomes like going to work in the morning.”
Lampart aims to reach the four post offices at the farthest points in the contiguous United States; he expects to finish around mid September. From Lubec, Maine, he heads to Key West, Fla., then westward.
This long ride isn’t just for fun, though. He has a strong passion for biking but wanted to combine that with another passion of his: animals.
His Pedal for Paws ride is raising money for the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake, to install an emergency sprinkler system for further safety of the staff and the animals sheltered there.
And the effort will bring in funds for Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, where they are planning to construct a new state-of-the-art clinic.
Lampart’s wife, Martha, said it will include laboratories, isolated rooms and other significant equipment.
The total fundraising goal is $20,000.
Best Friends has assigned a college student to work on publicity for Mr. Lampart’s ride. Mrs. Lampart said she receives about five to six calls a day regarding those matters.
Two Facebook pages, one for Tri-Lakes Humane Society and the other for Best Friends, follow her husband’s progress, and a social-media representative in New York City helps her keep up with them.