One of the hallmarks of rail-trails is the comfort and convenience of enjoying them. Their steady grades keep hills manageable and curves gradual, and wide corridors allow for plenty of users and different uses. What may seem like natural ease, though, is often the product of meticulous planning and maintenance. And few pathways take more pride in upkeep and user experience than the 30-mile Pere Marquette Rail-Trail of Mid-Michigan, which runs from Midland to Clare. There's no pea under the mattress on this evenly paved trail, and visitors are always quick to point out what a pleasant ride the Pere Marquette provides.