Lake Clear cyclist Floyd Lampart has reached another milestone on his journey around the perimeter of the continental United States.
The 67-year-old Lampart arrived in La Push, Wash. on Friday, more than 7,000 miles into his journey that started on April 4. The overall trip is close to 12,000 miles, which he hopes to complete by late August.
La Push is home to the most western post office in the lower 48 states. On his trip, Lampart is visiting four geographically distant post offices, the most eastern, western, southern and northern. He has now been to all but the most northern post office in Angle Inlet, Minn.
Lake Clear resident Floyd Lampart at the post office in La Push, Wash., the most western post office in the United States. Lampart is currently embarking on a roughly 12,000-mile bike trip around the country.
(Photo courtesy of Floyd Lampart)
The trip is a fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah and Tri-Lakes Humane Society's animal shelter in Saranac Lake. So far, Lampart has raised $40,000 for a new veterinary clinic, Best Friends, and $15,000 for a sprinkler system for the Saranac Lake shelter. His goal is to raise $100,000 and $20,000, respectively.
Lampart has endured all kinds of weather, obstacles and environments on this trip, ranging from snow to blistering heat.
The most recent stretch of Lampart's trip, riding up the West Coast from San Diego to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington has been the best of the entire ride, he said.
"It's hard to say how wonderful it was through the redwoods in California," Lampart said in a phone interview Monday from Fort Ebey State Park, north of Seattle. "That was the highlight of the whole trip, up to the Big Sur and the Redwoods. I was really taken back by the Redwoods."
Not that this section didn't offer its challenges. Riding coastal roads along the Pacific Ocean were tough at times because they are often windy, narrow and hilly. But, he said the views were pretty amazing.
The weather has been pretty good recently too. The temperatures have ranged from the 50s to the 70s, and Lampart said he hasn't had to ride through rain in about six or seven weeks.
The good weather has allowed him to alter his daily plan back to one that suits him. He gets up at about 5:15 a.m. daily, has breakfast and then starts riding again. In the southern U.S., where the temperatures were unbearable, he awoke at 3 a.m. and had to stop riding by the afternoon.
The heat also forced him to seek out air conditioning in hotel rooms. In recent weeks, he's been able to camp outside in his tent.
"All in all, it's been a lot of fun," Lampart said.
His bike has held up for the most part and he's only endured a few minor injuries. In fact, things have gone so well, he's only taken scheduled days off. He took a break in Houston visiting his son and a few days break in Los Angeles, where he was joined by his wife, Martha. Other than that, he's been on the road, averaging about 80 miles per day.
"There haven't been any real glitches," he said. "Every day is really an adventure in itself. You figure today I'm going to have an easy day, but every day something happens that you don't plan on it. And it's usually not a bad thing. Either the winds come up or hills, or you miss the ferry boat."
To follow Lampart's progress and for more information about Best Friends, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PedalForPawsBikeRideBestFriends.
People who want to make a pledge to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society can visit their website or call Martha Lampart at 891-0319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I want to thank everyone for the support and continued support," Lampart said. "I'll do my best to finish the ride and tell everyone I'm enjoying it and I'm thinking of home every day."