“The best folks could do was piece his story together via his trail name. Baltimore Jack took his handle from the first line of Hungry Heart, Bruce Springsteen’s 1980 hit song: ‘Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack / I went out for a ride, and I never went back.’ The legend was that Jack had done the same, leaving a family for a life on foot that rejected convention, while seeking a higher truth along a dirt ribbon that winds through thousands of miles of forests, hills, meadows, and mountains.” Outside: The Legend of Baltimore Jack. “To some, his choice to live off the grid was irresponsible. Others celebrated that he’d managed to break the shackles of convention.”