The other Anderson Loop
Route: FM 149 from Texas 105, Montgomery to FM 3090, then north to FM 244, then south to Texas 6, Navasota
Length: About 47 miles
To San Antonians, the Anderson Loop is a highway north of downtown. To those in Houston -- which lacks quality routes to wring out rides on -- it’s the top regional option for all sorts of sporty wheeled go-fast shenanigans: performance cars, sport bikes, road cyclists, and even three-wheel autocycles.
Starting in Montgomery just west of Lake Conroe, arc-shaped FM 149 wiggles through a couple miles of extra-burbs before shooting into Sam Houston National Forest, trading churches and municipal sports complexes for a hilly, smooth, shaded slither up and down, left and right. Then it opens up to softly rolling farmland drained by Garretts Creek, with a straight, then a tumble, down to Anderson.
From here, you’ve got options; the sweetest and twistiest is to stay on FM 149 (which gets more taut here) to little-known FM 3090 and turn north, which results in a 10-mile carving full of right-angle turns, taut sweepers, and a couple of S-bends. Then, at FM 244 (yawn), turn however many wheels are beneath you around and go all the way to Navasota -- the portion south of FM 149 is a more jagged, mostly tree-lined, pretty much undiscovered gem, unlike those obnoxious autocycles.