Bizwatch: Ball O’ String Custom Adventure Tours |

Bizwatch: Ball O’ String Custom Adventure Tours

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado

Business name: Ball O String Custom Adventure Tours Date Opened: 1998Owner: Willie FuhrmanContact info:, 328-7347, or http://www.ballostring.comWhat goods or services do you provide? We offer customized tours to travelers, specializing in motorcycle and sports car travel, with or without a guide. Our expertise is in the western United States (including Alaska), western Canada, and northern Italy. We have also toured Spain and France and hope to continue exploring new territory.What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We use our extensive knowledge of good & bad roads, lodgings & restaurants to create a quality trip for each customer. We find out what each person is interested in & make the trip interesting to them. What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Whatever you do, do it well. Many people have more money than time. We like to help them get the most value out of the time they have. We include unique and luxury lodging, gourmet and regional cuisine along with breathtaking scenery and great roads.Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Willie and Jungle have been married and riding motorcycles together for 37 years. Willie has been on a motorcycle in all 50 states but Jungle has only ridden in 49 of them. We have ridden extensively in western Canada and northern Italy with a touch of Spain and France.Jungle is a self-employed auto mechanic known as Mechanic In a Van. Willie has had Willie Fuhrman Property Management business for over 25 years in Vail. Her goal is to make people happy.What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? When we asked our then 14 year old daughter if she wanted to ride in the sidecar on yet another road trip with Mom, Dad and the dog she coined the phrase by answering: Is this going to be a real vacation or another ball of string trip? She was referring to a stop we had made the previous week to see a roadside attraction labeled The Worlds Largest Ball of String.

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