The spirit of the hills came alive tonight when a storm passed over us with a spectacular cloud to cloud lightning display. It would've been nice had we not been 50 miles away observing the progress on the Crazy Horse monument. (Prior to that we had rode around Mount Rushmore and the 5-10 m.p.h. hairpin curves through Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road). Many bikers were caught without their rain gear but not us. We know how the weather changes on a dime in these South Dakota hills. But it was still a dark, cold, wet and slow ride back to our lodge.