Sometimes taking the long road really is the road to success.
At least that’s the case for Jourdan Duncan, a Vallejo, California, teen who had been walking a 2-hour roundtrip each day to work since May after his car broke down.
“I don’t want to feel like I’m a burden to people so I take the initiative to handle myself and where I need to go from point A to point B,” Duncan told KTVU in an interview.
He wanted to avoid the dangers of walking on the highway, so his daily commute from Vallejo, California, to Benicia, California, consisted of hills and city streets. Duncan’s luck changed on Sept. 17 when he was spotted by Benicia Police Corporal Kirk Keffer, who offered him a ride.
According to KTVU, Keffer was so impressed with Duncan’s fortitude and goals that “he and the members of the Benicia Police Officers Association surprised Duncan” with a new mountain bike.
“This bike is my best friend,” Duncan said to KTVU.
“There’s not a lot of 18-year-olds out there that have this dedication and this work ethic, and we just wanted to make sure that he knew how much I actually appreciated what he’s doing,” Keffer told KTVU.
Duncan also said his work commute takes half the time it used to.