Welcome to Bill Arnott’s Travel Beat, a new feature at The Miramichi Reader. This series includes stories from the road and book reviews – new titles in addition to select publications from the past – books I feel warrant a closer look. This column was inspired by easing travel restrictions, my Gone Viking: A Travel Saga book tour celebrating the launch of Gone Viking II: Beyond Boundaries, and a desire to buy books from the amazing booksellers that provide us with literature, entertainment and escape. It’s an ideal time for road trips and reading, and I’m excited to share some of these fun and inspiring experiences with you here. Join me as we take a few ferries, coastal roads, mountain passes and well-treed trails into a host of welcoming communities. If you love books and exploring, these road stories and reviews will offer up some great reading recommendations and, I hope, a smile or two along the way. So, buckle up, and let’s hit the road!