Great ride report; great motorcycling country!
I found Route 28, between Franklin, NC and Deals Gap, more interesting than, "The Tail of the Dragon." However, DO NOT let your inner Mike Hailwood/John Surtees persona loom too large on this route: Some dicey road hazards exist here (was on a ride where a go-ride-fast BMW rider crashed into a stone cliff face (excess speed an issue, in my opinion).
The map is cool, but apparently uses phonetic spelling: "Warrior Road," between Franklin and Topton, actually is Wayah Road; a delightful stretch of two-lane. (Be sure to stop at, "Loafer's Glory" convenience store in Franklin, near the end of Wayah Road.)
Glad you enjoyed your ride in an ideal dual-sport habitat!
“You better put down that gun. You got two ways to go, put it down or use it. Even if you tie me, you’re gonna be dead.” "John Russell" (Paul Newman), Hombre