Ha, hardly! We kept a steady pace, took turns at the front on the paved sections, but we never really pedaled hard. We made three stops to get food and fluids, and one of those we went into a Zaxby's and ate lunch. It was really nice that my friend and I have essentially the same fitness right now, so it was really easy to ride the same pace together all day, neither of us was working harder than the other. That's hard to find on a ride that long.
I was pretty happy to be getting off my bike by the time we finished haha.
8.5 hours is my usual time for solo all pavement 200Ks. Saturday four of us did a mixed surface 200K with 10k-ft vert in 14 hrs, with lots of photo stops.