From the series Uncuffed:
Joe Kirk is known for his quiet ways, and commitment to the arts. He’s a musician, a singer, and an actor. Before he came to prison, he used to ride the rails, going from town to town and playing music. I spoke to Joe about the life he left behind.
I lived in Barstow California across the sticker-bush field from the railyard. Often I encountered hobos under the railroad bridge on my way to and from school. I dreamed of filling a knapsack with soda crackers and sardines, and hitting the rails to nowhere. I had dabbled at hopping freight trains short distances to and from little league baseball practices, but never any long trips, so when I met Joe Kirk, who had long rode the rails, I had to interview him on the art of hoboing.