I decided it’d be a good idea to do a shakedown ride before heading off into the middle of nowhere. I loaded up the bike just as I am planning to ride it off into the sunrise (I’m leaving in the early AM, headed east!) and set off on a 15 mile loop around the lake.
Good thing too, since it immediately exposed a problem with the new cassette. There was a horrible griding in a few gears. I turned around after about .5 mile and rode back home. At home I put the original cassette back on and rode it around, the noise went away. The chain and original cassette only have about 1200 miles on them, so a worn chain is probably not the cause, but I guess I have some investigation to do tonight. 🙁