What a shock it would have been
if Clark had found that ribbon of asphalt
that parallels the Missouri today.
While he was searching to find
a way passed those falls
that proved the right river
he charted a course
several miles to the south.
The Corps was beset with
prickly pear and sharp ruts;
it took all their strength to pull
the carts over the rough ground.
Today we know where his route lay
but we prefer a closer course,
tho’ just as long,
as we ride or run or stroll and play
along the portage route of today.