James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroit resident, has a strict morning routine. He has to. There's simply no other way.
For the past decade, Robertson has been leaving home by 8 a.m. for his daily four hour, 23 mile-long commute to work. The real shocker? He covers almost half of the total daily distance by foot.
Robertson, who works at a plastic molding factory, "walks about eight miles headed to work and about 13 miles home, five days a week" because bus routes don't cover the full distance, according to the Detroit Free Press. The "incredible commuter" has been doing this for 10 years now, regardless of the weather.
At that pace, it would only take him a year to walk to Los Angeles and back.
Robertson's story was published yesterday in the Detroit Free Press and has already inspired thousands of people to donate $65,000 to Robertson via an online campaign.
The campaign was created by 19-year-old student Evan Leedy, who says he was "struck by the article" and the immediate response from the community. The comments were filled with people asking for ways that they could help.
So Leedy created a campaign on a crowdfunding site to raise money to help with Robertson's commute. He set the initial goal at $5,000, hoping this would be enough to help James buy and maintain a new car. The total has been climbing ever since.
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