STOCKTON — Day 50. Wake up in Stockton, ride bicycle to Fremont.
But first, make a stop to speak to some kids in northwest Stockton about the experience of riding all the way from Philadelphia and share an important message about lung cancer.
That was how Pennsylvanian John “Jack” Matthews, 55, started his day Thursday en route to complete his “Ride Hard, Breathe Easy” trek across America, ending at San Francisco’s Crissy Field on Saturday.
Matthews started his 3,500-mile bike tour on Aug. 24 as a tribute to his late mother, Kathleen Matthews, who died in 2011 from lung cancer, the world’s leading cancer killer of both women and men. The ride also is a fundraiser for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and had raised almost $71,000 by Thursday morning, according to Matthews’ website — ride4lungs.com.
Matthews, who writes a daily blog, has a number of other ways to follow his…