Thursday, June 17, 2004, at 08:10PM

By Eric Richardson

Like I said the other day, Kathy and I took off for a little mid-week trip up to the Bay Area. We got back this afternoon/evening after a return trip that lasted a lot longer than the drive there. We got on the road about when I wanted and traffic was moving just fine until all of a sudden we hit a stretch of road construction on the 5 where it took us an hour and a half to travel 20 miles. It was ridiculous. Most of the time a brisk walk would have more than kept pace with us. Not only did that lengthen the drive, it also put us back into LA during rush hour, which meant more fun on the 405 and the 10. A little over 6 hours to get there, but about 7 and a half to get back.