I knew this greeting was going to come before long as I did the seemingly very odd thing of running up a short dead end, circling and coming out again whilst clutching my phone to see if had hit the right place. I thanked him for running on “his” road without stopping or really looking at him.
AFAIK not a private road - certainly no gate.
Has anybody had any incidents that made them regret going up such a road? What is your usual tactic in such cases? I can think of one such road I have not done near me where any “encounter” might not turn out well. As such I am not sure if even to try. Nobody else has.