Fantastic trip and wonderful pictures. Thank you. I’d appreciate it greatly if someone would explain “ABRP” to this newish (3 months) Tesla owner?
As mentioned already, it is great to plan and simulate your trip and charge stops before you take the road.
It allows you to chose all your way points, and you can adapt the route to whatever you plan.
It offers links to the chargers details, so useful to plan you longer stops (like lunches, shopping...).
My wife likes to have at least one SuC stop in a large shopping/mall. I like to enjoy a nice meal with the family on our way. Overall, makes the journey part of the vacation, and not an unpleasant necessity to reach a destination.
On that topic, I recommend apps like Teslarati's, Chargemaps,... where owners have documented (photos/comments) their experiences at the various SuC, commenting on the amenities around the SuC.
ABRP exists not only in browser version, but they also have a smartphone app version.
Great tool to leave reassured you will not have charging issues.
I often print the route with the charging stops, so the family can see what's the plan.
Envy. Would be much more difficult for me in a SR+.
Our S85 has basically the same range as a SR+ and we have been doing road trips in Europe, both during summer and winter times. Every year since 2015. Expect this summer, where our plans for Italy had to be cancelled due to COVID. I really miss hitting the road for a longer journey with the family. We'll see if we can do our winter ski trip...
Anyway, true, with our range, it is a slightly longer journey, but not that much.
You can either take my word for it (don't) or make your own mind by using ABRP to simulate your journey and then switch between car models to see the differences in charge stops and time. You’ll be surprised.
On topic: thanks for sharing @bottomsup
We flew from Europe three years ago to make a road trip like yours, starting with a few days in San Francisco (*), and flying back from Phoenix, trying to visit as much as possible in three weeks: Yosemite, Vegas, Death Valley, Cody (ghost town), Zion, Brice, Arches, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell...
You have amazing parks and nature over there! Not to mention the so many nice people we encountered. Best vacation ever.
(*) Visit to Fremont Factory was squeezed in the planning, very pleased we were able to see where "it" all was happening.