Hi! I'll be doing the ride from Vancouver to San Diego in October and am stressing out about encountering cougars along the highway. I hear they can come up on you. Has anyone encountered or heard of cyclist on this route having to deal with them?
While there are probably cougars around somewhere on the coast route, unless you are getting way
off the beaten path, the chance of seeing one while doing the Pacific Coast are slim to none.
However, the animal that you will need to be the most concerned with are raccoons. No, they aren't going to attack you, but they will attack your food! They are particularly bad in several campgrounds along the way. If there are food storage lockers in your campground, use them.
Don't leave your food out!