A 54-year-old coal business government who traveled to Japan from South Africa, Erskine is taking it critically. This feat is 2 years and about $33,000 within the making.
For starters, he needed to register his try three months previous to the event.
Then, to show his attendance at every of the 36 matches, Erskine is required to supply a ticket stub, photographic proof that he was current for the pre-game nationwide anthems, signatures from two witnesses, and detailed notes about how he received to the stadium.
“Individuals can lie,” he says. “They might win (the report) by one ticket or two tickets. However, bodily, how might you get from A to B?”
On the finish of the event, he’ll compile his knowledge and ship it in to Guinness. And in any case this, if he is in the end triumphant, he’ll get … nothing.
Erskine laughs and explains that possibly he’ll impress his youngsters. “They will say, ‘That is my dad.'”
Regardless of the variety of video games he has to cram in, Erksine is not anxious he will miss one. “Japan Railways does not have delays,” says the South African.
He is dwelling out of a small backpack and is touring mild. Two of every part. However no razors. He is refusing to shave. As a result of why not.
Again dwelling in November, bearded and journey weary, he’ll solely need to reply to his spouse. And that should not be an issue. “She’s used to it,” quips Erskine.
This is not the primary time Erskine has ventured off on a wild journey.
In 2011 he competed within the Mongol Derby, celebrated because the world’s longest endurance horse race.
It is a grueling 10-day, 1,000 kilometer journey via the Mongolian steppe following the route of an historic postal messaging system developed by Genghis Khan.
For animal security, riders are required to vary horses each 40km. Human security is much less a priority. And lots of members, like Erskine, by no means even end the race.
So, yeah. That type of adventuring. Climbing tall mountains. Diving deep seas. And seeing the far reaches of the planet as he checks issues off his non-traditional bucket record.
After all, watching rugby, consuming cider, and sleeping in resorts will not be fairly as bodily taxing as 10 days within the saddle.
However seeing 36 matches throughout the course of 1 event remains to be one thing. And if all goes in accordance with plan, Erskine might be within the Guinness E-book of World Data.
And he’ll lastly know (if in any respect) how a lot rugby is an excessive amount of rugby.
Hopefully his youngsters might be impressed.