I normally don’t have any issue with cut off times. In 2019, the last day was a long last day. (62 miles – longer than normal.) Because it was the last day, the town shut down times were earlier than normal. I am not a fast rider. My brother and I were in Montrose (almost to Keokuk) when the cutoff time hit. The only place we could find in town to get anything to eat/drink was Caseys. Until the State Troopers came in to tell Caseys not to sell to RAGBRAI riders so they would keep moving along. Fortunately, we made it through the checkout line before this and we’re able to buy what we needed. I don’t know if riders behind us were so fortunate.
I get having cutoff times to keep riders moving along. I don’t het having early cutoff times on the last day when the mileage is just as long as most other days. I don’t understand how the State Patrol can walk into a privately owned business and tell them not to seek anything to RAGBRAI riders.