It would be an understatement to say that Floyd Lampart enjoys riding a bicycle.
"You're whole life is your bike and every day is a new adventure," he said. "You wake up in the morning and think nothing much is going to happen today, it's going to be an easy day of riding, but that usually changes. Every day is an adventure in one way or another."
When we first met Lampart in early April, he was leaving the Grand Isle Ferry heading for Maine. Monday, he returned home after completing more than 11,000 miles around the United States.
"My body feels really great," Lampart said. "I'd actually like to keep on riding, but I know I'm home and I have other obligations and duties."
Although Lampart is an avid cyclist, there were many furry reasons why he hit the pavement for more than five months. It's called "Pedal for Paws." The benefit ride raised money to install a brand new sprinkler system for Tri-Lakes Humane Society in Saranac Lake.
"It's the idea that I'm really helping animals," Lampart said.
"I have nightmares thinking about the amount of animals we have if we had a fire," said Lena Bombard of the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. "You know our mission is to protect them and speak up for them."
Members of the Humane Society say a sprinkler system will cost an estimated $20,000. Pedal for Paws racked in $16,000-$17,000 of that.
"He's just a good guy," Bombard said. "He wants to help people and animals and in this case it's going to help long term in this facility."
Humane Society staff members say volunteers like Lampart are wonderful assets to not only help humane societies, but the animals they care for, too.
"There's so many ways that he's helped us and everybody can step up and do a little thing, because even if it's a small thing it can mean something big for a shelter," Bombard said.
Lampart doesn't anticipate doing another five-month long trip. But he says that won't stop him from lending a helping hand to the society again.
The sprinkler system is expected to be installed this winter.
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