Cyclist's love for animals takes him on a 12,000-mile journey

Cyclist's love for animals takes him on a 12,000-mile journey
Floyd Lampart in Coos Bay, Oregon. Photo by Alysha Beck (courtesy of Pedaling for Paws).

ILWACO, Wash. - Would you be willing to bike 12,000 miles - that's the equivalent of halfway around the world - to help pets in need?

A 67-year-old man is doing just that - and he's well on the way to his goal.

Floyd Lampart left his home in Lake Clear, New York back in April. He's on a six-month 'Pedaling for Paws' journey around the perimeter of the continental United States and right now, he's in our neck of the woods.

Lampart just finished biking up the Oregon coast and is now in Washington, his 24th state of the trip. He's traveled over 7,000 miles to date.

Lampart's goal is to raise $100,000 for a cause that's close to his heart - the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Lampart and his wife, Martha, are long-time donors and have adopted five dogs from there over the past several years. 

Lampart said he wants to "enable the clinic to diagnose and investigate illness more quickly so that all the animals in the Society's care are healthy, happy and ready for their forever homes." He's been able to raise over $36,000 so far. The money is for a new veterinary clinic and laboratory at the Best Friends Animal Society's animal sanctuary.

Part of Lampart's objective is to hit the four most distant geographical locations in the continental United States. He's already been to Lubec, Maine (the easternmost point) and Key West, Florida (the southernmost point) and is headed for La Push, Wash. (the westernmost point). The fourth and final one will be Angle Inlet, Minnesota (the northernmost point).

Lampart has been cycling for more than 30 years and previously biked more than 7,000 miles in two trips across the country.

If you would like to donate to his cause, visit www.floydsride.com. To keep tabs on his journey, follow Pedaling for Paws on Facebook.


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