GOOD NEWS WATCH: Iowa Man Explains His Unbelievable 35-Mile Walk to Work
James Robertson, the Detroit man who walks 21 miles to and from work every day, isn't the only hardworking employee with a staggering commute.
61-year-old Steve Simoff walks up to 17-and-a-half miles from his home in tiny Davis City, Iowa, to his job as a janitor at Lakeside Casino, in Osceola.
Then, he walks those 17-and-a-half miles back home after his shift, totaling an incredible 35-mile trek on some days.
Simoff says he does it to support his wife and grandson. He explained that sometimes he catches a ride or uses the family vehicle, but gas money is tight.
But on some days, he trudges along the shoulder of Highway 35 on a trek that can take six or more hours.
He doesn't clock in until 11 p.m. for his overnight shift as a janitor. But to give himself time to get there on foot, he bounds out of the front door of his basement apartment at 3:30 p.m.
On those days, his 2002 Ford Windstar minivan with 105,000 miles on its odometer stays parked in the driveway. The Simoffs haven't always had a car. But even now that they do, gas money is tight.
Simoff doesn't see himself as extraordinary. He lives here with his wife, Renee, and their grandson, Steven III, whom they adopted. In his mind, he merely takes the necessary steps — pun intended — to help his household scrape by.
"First of all, when you got a family, and you've got a job," he said, "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."
UPDATE: On Friday's "Fox and Friends" Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke to Simoff, who told her it's true that he walks that far to work each day.
"It takes approximately five and a half hours," Simoff said. "I don't really time it you know, I sort of pace myself and keep on going."
He said that his job depends on him being there and supporting his wife motivates him to get to work.
"I got a family to support, I got a job that depends on me and I depend on that job for my paycheck," Simoff said. "I get tired once in a while, but I know I've got to do it."
Watch the video above to hear more from Simoff on "Fox and Friends."
If you'd like to help Simoff, check out his GoFundMe page.