Well, it's not all good. Round Dallas it's all highways and arrow-straight roads - I'll use half a tank of petrol just getting somewhere with twisties. We can't lane-split (filter) here and in summer, you just fry.
But it's a real bike friendly culture, and I don't have to padlock the bike or generally worry about anyone messing with it.
Big or small, paint repair jobs are time consuming and painstaking. For such a small area, I'd be probably brush paint rather than spray and rely on various grades of wet and dry to flat it out and feather it into the surrounding paint. I've always been told, several thin layers with sanding in between applications is better than one thick layer.
So, once there's zero rust on the metal, lay on some primer, let dry and then use wet and dry, then prime again and repeat several times. Then do the same with your colour coat, getting finer and finer on the wet/ and dry. Then apply a lacquer.
There's probably some good advice on the internet somewhere with pictures and techniques. If you haven't done this before, you may want to find someone who has or practice on something less critical than the petrol tank of your pride and joy.