My name is actually Charlie, but ever since primary school I’ve been known as Chilly, Chills, Chillo – the variations go on.
I’ve always been interested in all things Spanish and Latin American. I’ve lived in Costa Rica, Colombia and northern Spain, and most recently worked for a Latin America tour operator in London.
Over the years I’ve poured over books telling tales of round-the-world cycling trips, epic hikes, ambitious swims and other adventures big and small. While I’ve gone on plenty of short adventures of my own, this trip was always at the back of my mind and I’m so excited that we’re making it a reality.
Before setting out on this trip, I worked in the arts for six years, as a publicist for theatre and dance companies like The Royal Ballet and Rambert.
The idea of exercise and sleeping outdoors used to completely baffle me, but while living in the city I began craving escapes to the countryside and somehow Chillo managed to convert me to hiking. I’ve since walked the coast of Cornwall and hiked 90 miles on my own through the Yorkshire Dales, as well as several other hair-brained adventures.
Having backpacked round South America ten years ago I’m looking forward to rediscovering it in a new light and getting acquainted with all things bicycle!