LAKE CLEAR — Floyd Lampart is cycling back home as he pursues his 12,000-mile-long trip to raise money for two animal shelters.
On April 4, the Lake Clear man, 67, pedaled out of Lake Clear in 18-degree weather to kick off his Pedal for Paws journey, which took him to post offices resting on the four farthest points in the contiguous United States.
At each, he collected postage cancellations as tokens of his progress, the last one captured at Angle Inlet, Minn., in early August.
Lampart intends some of the money he has raised to help fund the installation of a $20,000 fire-suppression system at Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake.
A fire there could prove a nightmare, he said.
“The caged animals would certainly perish in a fire, and that’s something that I could not see happening,” Lampart said in a recent interview via cellphone from Duluth, Minn.
“I figured if we put in a sprinkler system, it would knock the fire down enough to allow firefighters to come in time to take care of things.”
That system would also cover the upstairs apartment, Floyd’s wife, Martha, said in a separate interview.
Floyd plans also to donate Pedal for Paws money to the Kanab, Utah, chapter of Best Friends Animal Society, to put toward the lab accompanying the medical clinic under construction there.
The shelter is in a remote location, Martha said, and performing tests and procedures in-house will speed up treatment of the animals there.
The Lamparts are long-time friends of the shelter, as they have adopted five dogs from there in the last seven years.
The Pedal for Paws adventure has also taken Floyd to far-flung post offices in Lubec, Maine; Key West, Fla.; and La Push, Wash.
He is bringing back more than donations, however. He is coming back with memories of great people and the serenity he found in nature.