Just rode back from The Ridge, doing TOR. I wanted to post some thoughts while they were fresh in my mind. In case you're wondering, I was the guy grandmothering my way around the track on the red Daytona 675. First and foremost, thanks to the Marshal who stuck with me for half the laps and showed me some good lines. I really, really appreciate that. The Ridge is a very nice park. It's clear that it's only going to get better with time as more facilities, grandstands, and overpass bridges are built. The corner stands look fantastic. The view from up top is amazing. Kudos to the team that is building this place. You've done a great job. I want to come back, often. Holy shit was I terrified. With the elevation changes, half the corners felt like they were blind. Even by lap 4, I was only mildly familiar with what corner I was coming into, and what was a comfortable pace for me, as well as how I was positioned entering vs. where I wanted to be. No, I didn't get out of third gear, even on the straightaway. I definitely rode my own ride, in my comfort zone. I didn't even break 100 on the straight. That's fine by me, as I wanted to enter turns 1 and 2 at the right pace. The reason I wanted to enter 1 and 2 at the right pace was because someone went off into the dirt on 2 and rode it uphill back onto the track, right in front of me. That was unnerving. I didn't know if you were going to crash, drag gravel onto the track, or what, and then I had to keep focusing on my own lines and not be distracted by your chicanery. Uncool at an amateur event. That corkscrew is crazy. I'm sure if I built my confidence, it would be more fun, but mostly it was just crazy. The pavement is very, very nice. Except for the corners where there is patchwork by the berms. I felt my rear tire slipping a few times on these. The Carousel was actually fun by about the 5th lap. I can't wait to get good enough that I can take this at a reasonable speed and lean. Did I mention I was terrified? Overall, it's clear that 1) I need to do a bunch of track days next month to build up my confidence, and 2) I'll need to come back to The Ridge. Even if I just ride that track in Novice Class over and over again, I'm looking forward to really knowing the turns and getting the flow and pace of that track down. I'm sure really knowing with confidence what turn is next, and where it is, will result in a great series of tip-ins and accelerations.