In Travels With Charley who was Charley?
Charley is John Steinbeck's poodle.
the point of the story is to find out the true America so that Steinbeck could write a book about America. So he travels with his dog charley in a pickup truck for 4 months around America and in the end he does not recover his youth of America but realizes that he is strong enough to travel for a long time even though his health is not so good. hope this answers your question.