Great ride... If you do it again I'd suggest starting out at the Big Bear Cafe in Gainesville. Great place with maybe a little better food than Rabbit town owned by a bike guy, there's always a group of bikes there.
This is a run I do when I have all day to get into the mountains. It starts off at the Rabbit Town Cafe , Which has an excellent country breakfast , and the ride from there is what I dream about at night . Just awesome !