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Free Tibet World Bike Tour resumes after Tibetan family pays $18,000 bond

October 13, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
October 7, 2010

Dharamsala, Oct. 7 -- A Tibetan man stuck in Southern Indian port
city of Chennai since September 20 as Indian Customs officials
withheld his motorbike due to "incomplete" documents is all smiles
again after he, with help from a Tibetan family in Canada, managed to
release his BMW motorcycle yesterday.

Lhakpa said he is grateful to Rubling family from Canada who has paid
the bond deposit of $18,000 to the Canadian Automobile Association
and sent the required documents to the Chennai Customs Office. "I
want to thank them (Rubling family) so much for saving my dream to
complete this Free Tibet World Bike Tour, I am so much indebted to
them for their benevolence and patriotism," said elated Lhakpa over
the phone from Chennai.

Lhakpa, who was hosted by the Tibetan Students' Association of Madras
(TSAM), will begin his last leg of the tour today from Chennai and
stop by in Bangalore where the Tibetan students and business
community will welcome him at the Tibetan students' hostel at Koramangala.

Lhakpa Tsering, a Tibetan immigrant based in the US started his Free
Tibet World tour from the United Nations Office in New York City on
March 10 this year to coincide with the 51st Tibetan national
uprising day. Since then, Lhakpa travelled around the world, passing
through 22 countries, on his motorcycle for more than 7 months,
creating awareness about Tibet and garnering support.

Lhakpa planned to conclude his tour at Dharamsala, the headquarters
of the exile Tibetan government, this month. His plans, however, was
almost foiled after custom authorities in Chennai seized his bike, a
BMW motorcycle, after his arrival in India and refused to release the
bike to its owner.

"I am very happy," said Lhakpa, a former student of the Tibetan
Children's Village here.

The BMW motorcycle with its license plate 'Tibet 1' will pass through
several Indian states before reaching here.

Lhakpa will also pass through Hunsur, Bylakuppe and Kollegal Tibetan
settlements on his way to Bangalore. He also plans to ride through
Mumbai, Pune and Delhi before reaching here.

Lhakpa, who grew up as an orphan at the Tibetan Childrens' Village
(TCV) school said he will reach Dharamsala on 29 October, a day
before his former school's golden jubilee celebrations.

"We are very inspired by the sheer determination of Lhakpa la, and we
wish him luck in his mission to complete the world tour," said
Wangdue Tsering, President of TSAM.
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