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Steven Simoff: Iowa Man Commutes 35 Miles To Work On Foot

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/steven-simoff-iowa-man-commutes-35-miles-to-work-on-foot-10080385.html

Sometimes people stop to pick him up. But in this day and age that is not guaranteed; motorists are suspicious, worried.

And so on those occasions Steve Simoff’s only real alternative is to keep walking. All 35 miles if needed. And then he has to get home.

The 61-year-old does not think there is anything that extraordinary about his commute, or that of James Robertson from Detroit, who whose story became international news last month when it was revealed that he been making 21 mile round trip to his factory job for many years.

“First of all, when you got a family, and you’ve got a job, you've got to be able to support your family,” Mr Simoff told the Des Moines Register “And you've got to keep your job — the most two important things I can think of.”

Mr Simoff, from Davis City, Iowa, works at the Lakeside Casino in Osceola where he does the night shift as a janitor. His regular shift starts at 11pm and so he sets off on foot most days at 3.30pm. Apart from two fifteen minute breaks, he spends his shift on his feet. He earns $9.07 an hour. He wife receives disability benefit after suffering a stroke.

He said that he never thumbed for a ride but that people stopped to give him a lift, some of the way, three days of five. He said that Sundays were the trickiest as there was less traffic on the road. He told the newspaper he estimated he walked an average of four hours every day and wears out his shoes every two months.

Mr Simoff lives with his wife, Renee, and their grandson, Steven, whom they adopted. Recently they bought a car but struggle to pay for the petrol. The reason they live in Davis City is the affordable rent – just $400 a month.

More recently Mr Simoff has been getting a lift part of the way home with a colleague. As a result he only has an eight mile walk back to his house.

The story of Mr Robertson’s walk to his factory resulted in an outpouring of public admiration, matched by $350,000 in donations. The money has made life easier for him, but he has had to move out of his home for safety reasons.

Quite puzzling why you wouldn't buy yourself a push bike, it would drastically cut down his commute time or even buying a scooter which is cheap to run.

However it appears he doesn't earn enough to live near his work!

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Quite puzzling why you wouldn't buy yourself a push bike, it would drastically cut down his commute time or even buying a scooter which is cheap to run.

However it appears he doesn't earn enough to live near his work!

Maybe he has a bony ****.

I can walk 25 miles no probs (never tried 35 though). 5 miles on a bike and my **** hurts!

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/steven-simoff-iowa-man-commutes-35-miles-to-work-on-foot-10080385.html

Quite puzzling why you wouldn't buy yourself a push bike, it would drastically cut down his commute time or even buying a scooter which is cheap to run.

However it appears he doesn't earn enough to live near his work!

I don't buy this story.

If it takes him 7 hours to walk to work, and presumably has a ten hour shift, he would not head home until 9am. That would get him home at about four pm, half hour after he has to leave for work.

Luxury!

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I don't buy this story.

If it takes him 7 hours to walk to work, and presumably has a ten hour shift, he would not head home until 9am. That would get him home at about four pm, half hour after he has to leave for work.

Luxury!

Aye, and a spoonful of gravel for breakfast.

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The MSM does seem to be turning into Kickstarter for sob stories. As an aside, I don't really understand why people effectively make charitable donations, so people don't have to fund their own w@nky business ideas themselves, on Kickstarter either.

I do start to worry quite a few of these now are more than a bit of a shakedown. I guess that homeless radio announcer guy may have been unplanned a few years back but, I wouldn't be surprised if he's fallen off the wagon again by now.

I did give a good sized donation towards the family with the sick child the NHS tried to arrest when they decided they didn't want the treatment they were offering, so I'm not immune to it, and did so with my eyes open that the family might have had their own money tied up in property in Spain.

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OK so if he's doing it all on foot - he's probably spending around 10 hours a day walking (and that's a much faster pace than his timeline suggests). I guess it's just about plausible that he sleeps for 4 hours, and then starts walking again.

For interest, I once walked 8 miles through London to stay at a friend's. Took around 2 hours so just about doable as a commute if you really had no cash. On a bike, it would have been less than 40 minutes.

My guess, however, is that he gets a lift most of the way on most days - and uses it as a chance to get away from the wife/kids or see his mistress. He doesn't bike it because it would raise questions at home, and he wouldn't get his lift.

There is also something odd in that the story mentions a Mr Robertson getting a huge donation while it is a guy called Simoff that the article is mostly about.

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Doesn't make any sense. He should be living the American dream. Well he can now with a free £350K prize.

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I recommend anyone who commutes to London by car, they should walk.

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You would pick up niggles and injuries - twisted a knee or ankle, hip pain, blisters, impact injuries - from time to time doing that so you would be unable to do this, even if you could, regularly without injuries. Then you have weather - heat and cold. He would also need to be carrying lots of food and water as he would be burning up both.

I am a big Trek fan and, over the past weekend, I was surprised - and admittedly excited - to discover that there have been two mini-episodes for new Treek series, basically pilots, made by former Trek actors. You can see excerpts on YouTube. They are using them as pitches to try and get Paramount to commission a new series.

As a Trekker I was excited. Then I watched them and, whilst the SFX are good, I found the storylines and acting weak. But then I read that some of the funding for these pilots had come via these Kickstart funding sites. They had got Trekkers to put money into the pilots.

Hang on a sec - presumably well paid former Trek actors needing seed money from Trek fans to make Star Trek pilots which, if commissioned, would financially beneift the former Trek actors? Hmmm...

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Doesn't make any sense. He should be living the American dream. Well he can now with a free £350K prize.

I think he will lose about 40% to 50% of that in State and Federal taxes?

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I don't buy this story.

If it takes him 7 hours to walk to work, and presumably has a ten hour shift, he would not head home until 9am. That would get him home at about four pm, half hour after he has to leave for work.

Luxury!

He only walks 8 miles on the trip home as he gets a lift from a co-worker most of the way back. Apparently!

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Well it says 21 miles round trip (not sure what the 35 miles refers to). 10.5 miles is doable in three hours at a sedate pace, less than some people in this country do in cars.

Very often do 22 mile round trips myself, and would much rather go on foot than on bike. If you are not constrained by time and have the odd Wetherspoons or library on route to break things up a bit a very nice way to spend a day off.

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When I used to live in Derbyshire I used to see this bloke commuting quite often. Roughly the same round trip (20 miles) but with the added problem of hills...the stretch to Brassington hits over a thousand feet. He lives in Wirksworth now and uses his bus pass.

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Ken-s-award-sweeping-role-football-club/story-20264083-detail/story.html

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Well it says 21 miles round trip (not sure what the 35 miles refers to). 10.5 miles is doable in three hours at a sedate pace, less than some people in this country do in cars.

Very often do 22 mile round trips myself, and would much rather go on foot than on bike. If you are not constrained by time and have the odd Wetherspoons or library on route to break things up a bit a very nice way to spend a day off.

Thats a different person. The story is talking about 2 people.

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