Yes, western NC is curve heaven... one of them.
Forgive me for a brief hijack, but If you ever get up to Va/ WV, toward Bluefield, try out Robinson Tract Road- you'll be crossing Boomer Mountain (locals call it Bloomer Mountain)- lots of overnight parties out there, hence the name. Stop at the gas station restaurant (maybe the only one... afterward- you'll need the break.) This is one of the most exhausting, and possibly frightening (curves??? how about turn after turn of tight switchbacks, in the middle of nowhere) roads I've ever ridden the K12 on. I don't know if I ever got into second gear. But it's beautiful- not a soul around.
You can googlemap it: Robinson Tract Road, Pulaski, VA.
The whole trip was fantastic when we found this road. Many roads to rival the Dragon, et al. We set our gps for shortest distance and stayed off highways. From central NC to Bluefield, WV, to Breaks, VA. Stayed overnight in Breaks Interstate Park on the VA/ KY border- nice state park with a lodge/ cabins ($40-60 night, and restaurant in the park) Just remember to bring your own adult beverages as it is a state park. Jumped into KY the next morning and stopped at the gravesite of the unknown confederate soldier. From there, we went ot Mountain City, TN, then back home to NC. 4 states in 2 full days. Priceless. I wanted to keep going to OH, but decided to leave it for another day.
I guess my point is, there are many, many roads that are much better than the Dragon- in NC, TN, VA, WV, SC..... Gotta do the Dragon once to say you were there, but it's no longer enjoyable. I try to find the road less traveled- occassionally I wish I hadn't. I'll always remember Robinson Tract (Bloomer Road). I don't know if I'd ever do it again.
Enjoy your ride- sounds like you already are. Careful though, you'll be looking for an excuse to move here to NC.