Another nice day, so had to take advantage of it, this time in an area full of bike trails. Made reasonable progress.
Saw a bunch of bikers out, plus a couple of walkers, plus a guy with a rake, raking the leaves off the bike trails. Saw him twice, once with his daughter along (maybe age 5), and then a little later jogging back into the area as I was walking out. When I suggested there wasn't much daylight left, he said, no problem, he had his headlamp. Bikers sure seem to take care of their trails.
I've also fine-tuned my response when the occasional person asks me what I'm doing, so that now I say I'm making a map for orienteering (as opposed to just making a map), and then quite happy to talk about it if they show any interest. Met one old guy hiking, he didn't seem that interested in orienteering, but he did say, much to my amazement, "Oh, you must be Peter."
Now, none of this should have happened today because the park seems to be closed
, along with several others in the state. Though I'm not sure when I was in the park (as opposed to Hadley watershed land, or consevation land, or private land). I did make a point of parking at an access point that was not on state land, so didn't expect to see any "closed" signs, and there were none. Perhaps there were some up at the Notch. But given that I saw at least 20-25 people out, and none in any danger, and generally the trails are free from any deadfall, well, I didn't stress out too much over whether I was illegal.