|The bus...from above.|
|The bus...from ground level. Exciting.|
|Those are some nice seats! Well, nicely colored, at least.|
|Looking toward the front.|
|Welcome to downtown West Palm Beach...|
|Looking down a side street.|
|Some apartment buildings.|
|And more. Also, palm trees.|
|The brief section on Okeechobee Boulevard.|
|Some modern-looking business.|
|The intersection with Belvedere Road.|
Thus, we turned onto Belvedere Road for a block, then onto Olive Ave. This was a significant departure from the scenery along Dixie Highway, since the street was residential and very leafy. But soon, we turned onto Avila Road and then came back onto Dixie Highway, which was...ech.
|Another bus on Belvedere Road.|
|Well, this is quite nice, isn't it?|
There was a major stop at Southern Boulevard, then we passed by a park. After that, there was another detour, and so we had to turn onto Russlyn Drive. We returned to Olive Ave for a bit, back in the residential neighborhood, but soon we turned onto Puritan Road and came back onto Dixie Highway.
And since the remainder of the ride had no more detours, there really isn't much to talk about for a while. We just stayed on Dixie Highway the whole time, going by all these trashy businesses. I mean, obviously we went past some major streets where there were connections with other routes, but the overall scenery never changed. This might be a bit of a boring post...
The next interesting thing that happened was when we crossed over a river and entered Lake Worth. Maybe this city would offer some more enthralling surroundings...oh wait, there was a McDonald's right after we crossed the bridge. Yeah, it's gonna be more of the same stuff, isn't it?
Eventually, we had a very short break when we reached Lake Ave. Since we were going south, we crossed over it in a few seconds, but looking down that street, we could see downtown Lake Worth. It looked like a legitimately interesting place, with businesses lining a narrow, pedestrian friendly street. It may not be as happening of a city as Delray Beach, where we were headed, but I would probably check Lake Worth out if I had the time. Oh, yeah, and then after that, it got pitty again.
Eventually, the street curved in a southeasterly direction, paralleling a train track on one side. But on the other? Still the same stuff as before. We soon entered the town of Lantana, getting somewhat close to the ocean. It wasn't enough to get a view, but it was some sort of variety apart from the endless run-down businesses.
Okay, so I've been making fun of the surroundings of the route, but I will say that it really was getting a lot of ridership. This section was probably the busiest, with most seats taken up and a few standees. But there was lots of local ridership, so the bus was never too crowded at any one time. So yeah, it may go through some less-than-impressive neighborhoods, but those are the places where people rely most on public transportation, so there you go.
Once we entered the town of Hypoluxo, it got surprisingly nice. The businesses were replaced with small resort apartments and leafy gated communities, and while I'm not the biggest fan of either of those, it was quite an improvement. Of course, the ridership started to dwindle around this point, too, which makes sense.
Hypoluxo is a small town, and we were soon out of it and into the city of Boynton Beach. The surroundings were similar to those of Hypoluxo, though, with weirdly-named gated communities and resort apartments. We also crossed a river at one point, but there wasn't much else to talk about along here.
Unfortunately, after going over the river, the surroundings went back to trashy businesses again. That reprieve was nice, but alas, all good things must come to an end. There was still the occasional resort apartment that popped up, though.
Eventually, it became an almost 50-50 mix of decrepit businesses and residential buildings, which is better than nothing, I guess. Around that time, we also entered Delray Beach. We knew we were getting closer to downtown when the road split up into two separate one-way streets. The buildings got generally smaller, and we even passed a mini-golf course!
Downtown Delray Beach, like Lake Worth, runs east-west, so the 1 doesn't spend much time there. However, since we were getting off here, we pulled the cord at Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach's main drag, and left the bus a little further down the road. A few other people joined us getting off, and then the bus continued on its way to Boca Raton.
|Wow, that just looks like a wall of bushes...|
|That side street looks to be in pretty poor condition.|
|AAAAH!!! A PEDESTRIAN!!!!|
|Okay, now the street's deserted again.|
|A shelter on the other side of the road.|
|Going over a river! Hey, that's kinda cool, I guess.|
|Some undeveloped land.|
|Man, that's a big supermarket.|
|Case in point.|
|Hey, that building on the right is kind of interesting, I guess...|
|A side street.|
|What a lovely-looking road. Yup. Looks great.|
|What does a "Saw and Knife" place even sell? Saws and knives, I guess.|
|An unpaved residential road.|
|One of these stores is called "Gun Loans". Welcome to Florida!|
|Woah! Well, things changed all of a sudden.|
|That's the fanciest-looking office park I've ever seen!|
|More fanciness and palm trees.|
|Some apartments on a side street.|
|I guess that place forgot to take their Christmas tree down.|
|A wide-open field.|
|The entrance to a development/|
|A single house.|
|It's hard to tell, but we're crossing over that river here.|
|Like this one.|
|But alas, most of the surroundings were boring.|
|A building under construction.|
|A side street.|
|And another. Check out that old car!|
|The bus was never crowded at any one time, but in total, there were about 65 riders! Impressive!|