"When I came to I was confused. Had no idea what had happened or where I was at. I started thinking 'OK, I've fallen. I've fallen a number of times like this ... but never to where I couldn't see out of one eye."Abbott said he went as far as to pinch his left eyelid and pry it wide open - only to have things still completely black. And it stayed that way for a good half hour. "Once it really set in what happened I was very concerned about Cooper, more so than myself," said Abbott. "I tried starting my bike, but it was making some weird noises, obviously affected by the lightning as well."Abbott finally managed to get himself and Cooper on Cooper's bike and the two rode out towards nearby I-40 for help. On the way he was able to use his cell phone and contacted his wife, who you could imagine was pretty freaked out as well."All I could keep thinking is 'Man, I'm through being able to do one of the things I love to do.' And as it turns out Destry's eye sight was the least of it, explaining that the lightning strike was getting hit by a giant defibralator."The weirdest thing, though, was what happened to is my heart rate," he explained. "I got hit - my heart stopped for a moment - then started beating again. Only when it started back up the length of the rate changed."Abbott, relaying multiple physicians' explanations, said that the charge that hit him threw off his heart's electrical mapping - elevating his heart rate to 202 to 203 beats a minute, or his peak numbers when banging out motos. "And that was just insane," he said.Back to the actual strike, when pressed, Abbott said that he went through an amazing out-of-body experience - one that you could hear his voice trembling when he re-told the story: "I do totally remember leaning against the tree. Then I had this weird feeling like I was totally flying ... flying away, like a waaayyy scary feeling. Then the next thing I know I'm on the ground, but I don't remember hitting the ground."Update: Abbott's left eye is getting better, although he still has a lot of difficulty with peripheral vision at night (He jokes "There'll probably be no Baja Designs Night Race for me at the Vegas EnduroCross," an indoor race using headlights and run with the arena lights off.). He still has a noticeable mark in his left eye, where his doctor says his retina was torn. And his heartbeat is a bit jacked up, but again, doctors say that should correct itself in time - adding the cryptic 'the lightning strike kind of re-set your (Destry's) body's electric programming.'All-in-all it's about as hardcore a story as you'll hear in the tough-assed world of off-road motorcycle racing. Abbott's pumped he's getting better - and expects to recover fully. He's even more pumped that Cooper was unhurt.Said Abbott in closing: "I don't really know what it feels like to be close ... but that was for sure the closest I've ever been."