England soccer fan gives up his job to cycle 8,000km around Brazil's World Cup venues for charity. Paul Chapman reports.
REPORTER: Before the World Cup England soccer fan Andy Smith had a steady job, tickets for his team's group three games, and a dream. He still has two out of the three, cycling 8,000 kilometres around Brazil's World Cup venues to see England in action and raise charity cash along the way.
ANDY SMITH: "I wanted to have an adventure, I wanted to do a cycling tour, and I really wanted to come to Brazil for the World Cup so when I realised I could pull all those things together it was perfect. I looked at the map of Brazil, where the football stadiums are for the World Cup, and the route just kind of appeared to me."
REPORTER: Smith was in Manaus for England's first match of the tournament after a journey that's taken five months so far. Fortunately he has realistic expectations about his team's prospects. England lost 2-1 to Italy in Saturday's match. He admits his long journey's had its ups and downs - avoiding pot holes and occasionally a dead horse, helping a man injured in a road accident, and meeting the locals. But he says the harsh realities of life are catching up.
ANDY SMITH: "I need a job. I'm running out of money and I need to, yes, get on with my life, my normal life unfortunately."
REPORTER: So, when the World Cup ends, Smith will be trading his bike seat for a more comfy office chair and an accountant's desk once more.
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