Mitt Romney enjoyed a brief respite from the campaign trail Sunday and Monday, though the presumptive GOP nominee still managed to squeeze in work sessions with his team.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee spent part the day Monday huddling with senior advisers, many of whom made the two-hour drive from his campaign headquarters in Boston to meet with Romney at his property on Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire.
Romney will spend the rest of the week on the road, including stops in Illinois and Iowa Tuesday, and an event in Des Moines on Wednesday.
He has yet to announce his vice presidential running mate, but Romney is stirring speculation by appearing with some possible contenders on an upcoming bus tour, which was first reported by CNN's Peter Hamby.
The GOP candidate will stump alongside Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on the tour, which begins Saturday and also includes a visit to North Carolina.
Monday was also the first day the Romney campaign worked with a protective press pool, which covered the candidate's movements in a similar way the White House press pool covers President Barack Obama.
In the morning, a small group of reporters was part of Romney's traveling motorcade when he ventured into town to pick up items at a hardware store, a grocery store and a Rite Aid Pharmacy. Once Romney returned to his home, the protective poolers were kept miles away, leaving them unable to see who was coming and going.
A campaign aide confirmed the GOP candidate was meeting with senior advisers, which usually includes campaign manager Matt Rhoades, Eric Fehrnstrom, Peter Flaherty, Beth Myers (who is leading the V.P. search), as well as strategists Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens.
CNN was not sequestered like the protective pool and spotted Stevens arriving in the late morning. By 10:30 a.m. ET there were seven vehicles parked on the cul-de-sac near Romney's driveway. They were gone by 3 p.m. ET, meaning Romney met with his advisers for at least four and a half hours.
Many of the same cars were parked outside Romney's house when the candidate was in Wolfeboro on Saturday, July 21, when CNN saw some of the same advisers arriving or departing. Romney met with a number of the same aides the week of July 4, when he was staying in Wolfeboro with his extended family.