​Man Commutes 35 Miles to Work on Foot Because It's What He Has To Do


Be honest. You've probably complained about your commute before. Whether you ride the train or sit in traffic for hours each day, it likely isn't the high point of your daily routine. Two men, though, will easily put your trek to work to shame. Last week, we heard about James' Robertson's 21-mile walk to work each day, and now we're learning about 61-year-old Steven Simoff who would probably love to only have to walk 21 miles to work.


Simoff, who lives in Davis City, Iowa, walks 35 MILES to work each day to support his sick wife. Simoff is an overnight janitor at Lakeside Casino in the town of Osceola, and in order to make it on time for his 11 p.m. shift, he leaves his house at 3:30. That's right, he spends about seven hours walking to work down 4-lane highways in various weather conditions, and when he gets to his job, he spends another eight hours on his feet cleaning the casino. He gets a ride home from a coworker.

More From The Stir: Homeless Man Gives Community Lesson In Kindness & They Learn It Well

Simoff says that about three days a week, he can hitch a ride with someone, but for the other two, he's on his own. When asked why he does what he does by the Des Moines Register, he said, "First of all, when you got a family, and you've got a job, you've got to be able to support your family. And you've got to keep your job -- the most two important things I can think of." He added, "'If I don't get to work, bills don't get paid. As long as my two feet are good and my health is good, I don't think I'll change." It's also worth noting that in addition to living with his wife, Simoff's 22-year-old unemployed grandson lives with him. (Do with that what you will.)

It's a little strange that shortly after hearing about Robertson's insane commute, we're hearing about another man's, whose is equally terrible. It makes you wonder how many other people are out there, doing the same thing in order to provide for their families. Surely, Roberston and Simoff aren't the only people.

Being that Robertson got such an outpouring of financial support after his story was made public, let's hope that the same happens for Simoff. He owns a car -- a 2002 Ford Windstar minivan -- but says he can't afford money to put gas in it. Surely, we all can come together and raise enough money for a few years of gas for him. And maybe while we're at it, we can find a job for his grandson, as well.

What do you think of this?


© Geo Rittenmyer/Corbis
Read More >