What is the CTN?
Well, to be honest, the CTN is a bit of a bonkers idea that I had one night - surprisingly, I hadn't been consuming alcohol at the time.
Having previously completed the classic C2C route and a Devon South to North trip (well, almost), as well as several runnings of the now infamous "Cutty to Butty"™, I have, recently, been spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at maps, reading bikepacking posts and bike trip blogs - such as this one by Daniel Groves ,this one Japan by Bicycle and this one from some rather nice young ladies .
All of these have inspired me to embark on further adventures on my bike.
Whilst looking at the maps, and contemplating the predictability of the classic LEJOG (Hats off to those who complete it, though), I noticed that three of the towns on the map in front of me were towns whose names can be followed by "Shire" to form the name of a county. Then I started to wonder just how many of these (English) counties I had visited - it turned out to be all but one of them
Things progressed from there and I started to wonder about the county towns themselves, and the count dwindled somewhat (22 of the 47 have eluded me so far - not that I've been trying, of course) so the idea of the CTN was born
In a nutshell, the aim of CTN is to provide the frameworks for people to use when planning bicycle rides/tours.
When adding the extra criteria of having to arrive at a county town by bicycle, my tally drops to a rather dismal 1 (although I'm planning to bag a couple more, relatively soon)
More on this soon...