Iowan makes 35-mile commute to work on foot

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Iowa Man Walks 35 Miles to Work, Eight Hours Each Way

A 35-mile-commute doesn't sound too far ... until you hear somebody is making it all on foot.

"I just figure when you've got a job, you've got to keep your job. ... That way you keep your roof over your head, you keep your family fed," Steve Simoff said.

"Fox & Friends" anchor Elisabeth Hasslebeck asked Simoff Friday morning, "Do you wake up on some days and think, 'I don't want to do this'?"

Iowan makes 35-mile commute to work on foot
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"Oh, sometimes," he answered. "It gets hard once in a while, but I know I've got to do it."

Sixty-one-year-old Steve Simoff makes that long trek along a highway from Davis City to Osceola, Iowa, regardless of the weather.

According to the Des Moines Register, Simoff leaves home at 3 p.m. to get to his overnight shift as a janitor by 11 p.m.

He says he never puts his thumb up to hitch a ride, but sometimes people recognize him and offer him a lift.

Simoff's incredible story has quickly spread -- money is tight right now, so to save on gas, he walks. His priority is his family, as his wife suffered a stroke and two heart attacks.

Now, a GoFundMe page was made on his behalf. As of Friday it had raised more than $14,000, far exceeding the $5,000 goal. The page had only been active for four days.

We've heard other stories of people making similar commutes on foot. James Robertson of Detroit recently made the news for walking 21 miles round-trip to get to and from work.

"They say that if there's a will, there's a way. That's something I'll never forget."

Simoff actually doesn't think his long walk is anything extraordinary and was surprised his story has gained so much attention.

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