Oh yes can I relate to these statements. I really had to psych myself out to "embrace the wind"! We can not use wind as an excuse not to ride or we never would lol! One of the six times I was not able to get out because of snow this past winter was because of the wind blowing the snow. It wasn't snowing but the wind blew the snow already on the ground enough to make travel impossible. I also HATE going to Sioux Falls. I avoid it like the plague. I'm east of the river between Sioux Falls and Sioux City. I shop on line or make my hubby go with a list. Sometimes we break down and go to Wally World in Vermillion or Sioux Center.haha, oh yeah, wind! where i grew up in iowa, if it were as windy as most days it is here, we'd just not ride horses. 'just too windy'. (horses can show some stupid spookiness in the wind). but here, if i did that, i may as well sell out. i've learned to like it--wind means less bugs.
and if i get the urge or simply HAVE to use the cities, they are there within a day's drive and home again, but i sure do not wish to stay too close to SF esp.
in this type area, as i am sure many here are used to, the internet and shipping companies are your friends.