TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Floyd Lampart is no stranger to long bike rides. He's covered more than 7,000 miles in two trips across the country, and now he's on his longest ride yet.
After six years of planning, the 67-year-old cyclist and animal lover hit the road April 4th from his home in Lake Clear, N.Y. to begin a six-month, 12,000-mile ride around the perimeter of the continental United States.
Lampart is taking on the challenge hoping to raise more than $100,000 to benefit the new veterinary clinic, which includes a laboratory, at Best Friends Animal Society's animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
Lampart arrived in Benson Thursday night and plans to continue west Friday morning, riding through Vail, Tucson and Tortolita, and arriving in Marana Friday evening. He will then head toward Red Rock, Eloy and Phoenix on Saturday.
Lampart has completed 45 percent of his 12,000-mile ride, averaging 90-100 miles per day. He has ridden through 21 U.S. states so far, and raised more than $4,000 for Best Friends.