You're only going to be disappointed with a return trip to Helen, GA. Just keep your blissful oblivion while you still can. They have plenty of crowds in the summer for tubing and in the fall for Oktoberfest.
Outstanding write up. We ran the west to east route the following weekend. Started just north of Helen on the 75ALT and quickly picked up Tray Mtn Rd. Went up and over to Corbin Creek Rd then headed north just like you, to reconnect with the GA Traverse. Hit the same dead end and back tracked to Persimmon. Then back up FS32C to reconnect. Saw several downed trees too. Going to invest in a chainsaw myself very soon.
Last pic was a camper trailer that ran off the road. We had just crossed the Tallulah and a handful of fly fishers.