I will be riding towards Yorktown from the North Carolina coast (through Currituck) next week in order to take the TA trail west. For the approach to Yorktown, I see what looks like an easier but longer route and a less cycle-friendly "shortcut" (famous last words, right?). I wonder if anyone is familiar with the area and has thoughts on these options.
It looks like the "advisable" route would be to go northwest, through Surry, VA, cross the James river via the Scotland-Jamestown ferry, then follow the TA backwards for a few miles on the Colonial Parkway. Then I'd double back on the TA when I begin the TransAm route.
The "shortcut" avoids backtracking by crossing the James River at Carrollton and going through Newport News. I'm confident I can navigate most of this route, but parts require using busy roads (especially in Newport News). My main point of concern is going over the James River Bridge (Carrollton Blvd). On Google street view, it looks like there's enough shoulder for me to be comfortable (looks better than parts of my local commute); however I don't know if being on a long bridge complicates things.
So if you're familiar with these roads and the traffic on them, I'd appreciate any words of reassurance that it is fine, words of admonishment that it could be unpleasant, pointers about any trouble spots I might have overlooked, or alternatives I should consider.