John Steinbeck - A successful writer, this person loads his camper truck with the materials of his trade--typewriter, reams of typing paper and carbons, reference books and many of the books he has always intended to read, most of which he never opens.
Charley - This is a standard male poodle and traveling companion of the author's.
Elaine Steinbeck - This person is the author's wife and a native Texan.
Friends - These people are full of advice before the author starts out on his journey.
Vermont Farmer - This is the first person whom the author invites to visit in his camper truck.
Canadian Migrant Workers - Steinbeck invites a whole family of these people to his camper.
U.S. Customs Officer - This person gives Steinbeck a hard time at the Canadian border.
Truckers - These people have their own unique culture in the United...
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