Scott Steskal hitched rides on freight trains to get to North Dakota's oil boom.
Now the 51-year-old drives a train at a crude oil transloading facility and is getting his life on the right track.
"Until I got up here, my life was pretty much a wreck," he said.
Steskal was living in Las Vegas with no job and no transportation when family members encouraged him to look into job opportunities in North Dakota.
He researched how to ride freight trains and found someone to mentor him on how to do it safely.
Steskal left Las Vegas in December 2010 and became what he calls a tramp, hopping on and off freight trains through several states to travel north. People he met during his trip gave him the "track name" of Jesse James.
"It's really a whole culture," Steskal said.
He spent a few months in Pasco, Wash., and later Denver doing day labor work before he decided to take a bus to North Dakota. He hitchhiked from Dickinson and arrived in Williston in September 2011.
But he quickly found that getting an oil job with no experience was not going to be easy.