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International biker group visits Hampshire 

Joel Whetzel, Review Staff | Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:18 am

MILLESON’S MILL — Milleson’s Campground had what may be its most interesting group of visitors last week. A group of motorcyclists known as the GS Giants paid a visit to the area from Monday to Thursday before heading to a national rally event in Wellsboro, Pa.

The GS Giants are an international motorcycle group known for riding a specific type of bike — the BMW Gelande Strasse, or GS. Members hail from all over the world, and often get together for trips such as this one to Hampshire County.

The stay at Milleson’s was part of the group’s annual rally, with this year’s theme being “West Virginia Mountain Mayhem.” Bikers came from as far away as Ontario, Canada, Wyoming and California to enjoy riding in the West Virginia’s hills, hollows and dirt paths.

The group’s bikes are capable of going both on- and off-road, which made West Virginia the ideal place for this year’s rally, according to the event coordinator, Lori Payne.

“I’ve had nothing but great reviews about the beauty and scenic rides that people have taken, whether they were twisty roads on pavement, finding dirt roads, rocky hills, or water crossings,” said Payne, who resides in Los Angeles. “It’s been nothing but positive feedback.”

The group spent the week riding through the region, with the highlight ride being to Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County.

Payne says the riders enjoyed West Virginia’s roads, but had only one complaint — the hot, humid weather that the area so often features in July.

“It was really hot, especially early,” Payne said. So to combat that heat, the group did what just about any Hampshire County resident would do — float the Potomac to cool off.

“It was really nice to have the floats and come to that at the end of the day,” she said. “It was really amazing.”

The group settled on Hampshire County based on a number of factors. First, it’s close enough to the next stop, Wellsboro, Pa., to get there in a day, but far enough away to still enjoy a good ride. 

But the big attraction to Hampshire County was the scenery, Payne said. 

“We wanted to be a few hours from the national rally in Wellsboro, and West Virginia is such a beautiful state,” she said. “So when I found this, it was a done deal. There was no question where we’d end up.”

Between the camaraderie, good food catered by Gretta’s Kitchen, scenery and relaxation, it’s easy to see why riders from so far away were eager to visit Hampshire County and the Mountain State.

“We would love to come back,” Payne concluded.  

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