Walking 21 miles every day, having had just two hours sleep sounds like the kind of thing only highly specialised endurance athletes do, in a bit to usurp their mate who did an ultra marathon in flip-flops.
But James Robertson is no extreme sports enthusiast. He’s just a regular guy, trying to get to work. However, since his car broke down, he’s made the 21 mile round trip to his place of work, ironically, in Motor City Detroit, USA.
Although some of his epic daily journey is done via bus, the vast majority is on foot. While most people would, understandably, have given up in such dire straights, Robertson is proud to have never missed a day of work, and wasn’t about to start just because of a bit of car trouble.
“No matter how tough things get, I stick it out.”
His shift start at 2pm, and he clocks off at 10 later that evening. But that’s just part of James’ day. The long walk home means he’s not through his front door until 4am, and he has to be back out by 6am to start the process all over again.
Speaking to TODAY.com, Robertson said “I didn’t want to end up doing nothing. Do you know how long it took me to find this job? No matter how tough things are, I like to stick it out.”
However, thanks to a 19 year old student, things are starting to look up for James. Evan Leedy from Wayne State University, Michigan, heard about Robertson’s plight, and started find raising in a bid to get him back on the road.
He initially targeted $5000, but thanks to the generosity of the public, the kitty has risen to a staggering $140,000 – around £92,500. That’s enough for a six year old Aston Martin. Or you know, something a bit more budget friendly.