Managed to get the Miata home without killing myself or it.
For the record, the 18.5 mile drive from the farm to my house was both the farthest and the fastest I've ever driven a manual car (also the 2nd time total O.O). This included three uphill stop signs, one of which is also a very-nearly hairpin turn.
So. Much. Fun.
Edit: bonus points if anyone can guess what these other car on the background is