Anchorage has beaten me. Starting last week I gave up the bike. The record amounts of snow had led to a backlog on plowing and the muni stopped removing any snow or clearing the sidewalks. The result was three to five feet of greasy snow piled up on all sidewalks and no shoulders at all on any roads. The side roads are OK, but at key pinch points it's impossible to get across down without converging with a major road. Without a shoulder and with 45 MPH traffic on black ice, that's suicide not to mention illegal. I slogged through for awhile but the effort was so immense I ultimately gave it up. Thankfully the weather has now warmed and if it stays above freezing for awhile that will turn some of this into ice. I never thought I'd be hoping for ice!